Sunny Cleethorpes

A nice sunny day with light winds. Tried North Thoresby fishing ponds first but very quiet. Did flush a Little Egret from a a roadside ditch next to the A1031 S of Tetney village - this species is certainly starting to spread inland.

Went & spent the rest of the morning at Cleethorpes and took in the 1st winter Goosander that's been on the Boating Lake for a few weeks now. Tried to "bread a Med" but this normally only has a chance of working when there's actually a Med Gull in the area, so today the exercise had to be amended to "bread the Black-head". A pale-bellied Brent was with 165 of its Dark-bellied relatives out on the saltmarsh & a female Stonechat showed well in the dunes.

Heard today from Admiral Nelson that there was a Purple Sandpiper wintering at the N end of Cleethorpes so went to check it out and was rewarded with a very confiding individual which at times came so close that I couldn't focus the camera! Good to see a Purple Sand back wintering in the area after a few barren years. As far as I am aware this is the only wintering bird in the county.

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