Shorelark surprise

Hit the coast with Tony Housman & Ian Shepherd today. On approaching Thoresby Bridge we picked up 3 Whooper Swans with 24 Mutes and then moved on to Trusthorpe to have a go at a seawatch in the (admittedly light) NE's. The sea was quiet and we gave up after just over an hour, totals were: 3 Red-throated Diver, 15 Gannet, 1 Pink-footed Goose south, 7 Eider, 12 Common Scoter, 4 Wigeon, 10 Teal & a Guillemot on the tide edge.
3 Bearded Tit were seen at Huttoft Pit along with 7 Whooper Swan on fields N of the pit. No sign of the Huttoft Cetti's.
We decided to finish the day at Brickyard Lane were there had been a flock of Snow Buntings hanging around. Having just got onto the beach I clocked a small group of birds crouched feeding with my bins, putting the scope on them expecting them to be Snow Bunts, a few expletives came out of my mouth as I realised I was looking at 5 Shorelarks! Seeing these reminded of some great winters gone by when I saw regular flocks in the Donna Nook area (including a flock of 90 birds at Pyes some 10 years ago. Sadly this species has been very scarce along the coast since, with these being my 1st since a single bird at Freiston in 2006. Let's hope this winter is a better one for them. We also saw 25 Snow Bunting & 10 Twite in the area to complete a very productive trip to the Brickyard Lane area.

Some absolutely dire record digiscoped shots of one of the birds

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