Kirkby Pits

A pic of some of the stunning scenery I encountered today.
(note the defused bomb in the centre)

Winter is generally prime time for checking through ducks and gulls so Kirkby Pits with its adjacent landfill site seemed a good location to try. There was clearly a large number of ducks on the reserve, I counted 230 Tufted Duck on one pit alone, but after checking through the widfowl and also the gulls on the landfill, I couldn't find anything different. Plenty of plastic geese but the 20 Gypo Geese that have been around were elusive. The day's highlights - 2 wintering Green Sandpipers, 2 Redshank, 30+ Wigeon, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtail, a flock of 42 Fieldfare,3 Bullfinch & 2 Redpolls + a Siskin over.

Finished off at Kirkby Moor until dark and saw 2 Green Woodpeckers & had 3 more Redpolls over. Did however add a new tick to my Lincs birders list there, a very pleasant chap called John, originally from Wales but now residing down the road at Coningsby. He also has his own blog - JH birding - well worth a look for goings on in the Kirkby area which is his local patch (+ bits from further afield).

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