5th March

Light cloud with some sunny spells. Wind an F3 SW. Thankfully milder temperatures than of late.

The humber produced just 14 Great Crested Grebes and a Guillemot.                                           
2 skeins of Pink-footed Geese totalling 94 birds headed north whilst a single Pale-bellied Brent Goose was with a Dark-bellied flock.
It was a good day for birds of prey with eight species seen: Hen Harrier (ringtail), 3 Common Buzzards and singles of Peregrine, Merlin, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Short-eared Owl and Barn Owl.
The wintering 6 Shorelarks were all still present whilst other highlights were: Pintail, Grey Partridge, adult Mediterranean Gull, Stonechat, 20 Linnets and 140 Twite - the highest count of this winter/spring.
Other wildlife seen: A Grey Seal pup was on the beach, single Roe Deer and a Pipistrelle Bat species on the wing at dusk.
The recent easterly gales, snow and freezing temperatures had left its mark with a large wreck of predominantly Common Starfish, Common Sunstars and Edible Crabs all over the beach with five bird casualties also noted - 2 Oystercatchers, Common Gull, Guillemot and a Blackbird.

Med Gulls have been in rather short supply over recent months - an adult wintering on Grimsby Docks being the only other bird I've heard of locally. A stunning gull in summer plumage.

Great Crested Grebes are virtually guaranteed to be seen on any visit during winter.

How many birds? The wintering Twite briefly massed into one substantial flock so I fired off a few shots and counted the dots when I got home - I'd estimated 100-120 birds but I make it 140.

Grey Seal pup high up the beach

Common Sunstar

Common Starfish - they don't just come with 5 tentacles

22nd February

Largely sunny. Relatively mild out of the wind but a distinct chill in the F3 SE.

The humber held 2 Red-throated Divers and 8 Great Crested Grebes. 3 distant auk sp. passed by.
2 skeins of Pink-footed Geese totalling 145 birds headed back north.
Birds of prey seen today: Common Buzzard, 2 Peregrines, Kestrel, Merlin and 2 Barn Owls.
The 6 Shorelarks were in their usual area and other highlights were: Common Snipe, 13 Fieldfare, 55 Linnet, 60 Twite and 3 Snow Buntings.
A colour-ringed Twite from the Pennines was seen for the third successive month at Tetney.
Further signs of spring were the arrival of the first 2 Meadow Pipits of the year, signalling the pipit "changing of the guard" - Scandinavian Rock Pipits arrive in the autumn to spend the winter here whilst the Meadow Pipits move out, but now it's time for the Rock Pipits to begin departing back across the North Sea and Meadow Pipits once again take over for the breeding season.

You never quite know what you'll bump into at Tetney/North Cotes - the skull remains of a Roe Deer found out on the beach.

16th February

F3 SW winds and largely sunny.

Spectacle of the day was an impressive 82 Great Crested Grebes on the humber - almost doubling my highest ever total for here. Interestingly, my previous two highest counts were made in February last year, so it seems whilst smaller numbers are present throughout the winter, there's an obvious influx at this time of year - presumably birds gathering before dispersal to inland breeding areas. To put this high count into some sort of context, the latest Lincs Bird Club report, which was for 2015, shows the highest single count recorded in Lincs that year was 78.
Frustratingly, there was nothing else of note seen on the humber.
2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were seen but no joy with the Black Brant.
Bird of prey totals were 2 Common Buzzards, Peregrine, Merlin, 2 Short-eared Owls and 2 Barn Owls.
A pair of Oystercatchers were already back on territory and 2 vocal Great Spotted Woodpeckers noted with one in hot pursuit of the other.
7 Grey Partridges logged - Grey is by far the most frequently encountered partridge here.
The 6 Shorelarks continue to winter and there were 80+ Twite and 5 Snow Buntings.

A fine male Hen Harrier was seen south of the recording area. A Merlin briefly followed the Hen Harrier and was observed trying to take advantage of the passerines being flushed by the grey ghost.

A photo of one of the six wintering Shorelarks taken back in December

6th February

A light W/SW. A sunny morning with cloud developing in the afternoon and light snow falling from c16.00.

A Black Brant was the best find of the day and keeps up its status as an annual winter visitor to the Tetney/North Cotes area. The wintering group of 6 Shorelarks were just a couple of hundred metres away from the Black Brant, having been present in the area for over 2 months now.
A Pale-bellied Brent Goose was also in amongst one of the Dark-bellied Brent flocks, whilst the humber remained quiet with just 3 Great Crested Grebes and 15 Common Scoters logged.
Birds of prey noted were Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzards, 2 Peregrines, 2 Kestrels and a Short-eared Owl.
A Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming and a few Skylarks and a Mistle Thrush singing - a reminder that spring isn't far away.
Singles of Kingfisher and Snow Bunting were present along with a flock of at least 90 Twite - the full total in the area for the latter is difficult to assess due to their mobility and tendency to not stick together as one flock, though I did count a flock of 115 birds only a couple of weeks ago.

Black Brant