Close to home

With plenty of snow & ice on the ground I decided not to venture far, covering the area between Cleethorpes Leisure Centre to Tetney Marshes along with Tony Housman & Ian Shepherd. Weatherwise it was sunny and clear but bitterly cold. I was pleasantly surprised at the list we built up so close to home. Notable birds seen were: 4 Little Egret, 4 Whooper Swan, 40 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 60 Common Scoter, Merlin, Ruff, 8 Snipe, Barn Owl, adult Med Gull, Kingfisher, Stonechat, Brambling & Bullfinch.

Adult Med Gull
Med Gulls have been particularly hard to come by this winter - normally at least a couple of birds are present in the Cleethorpes area

Scene from Svalbard? Nah...its Cleethorpes Boating Lake where the feral Barnacle flock now numbers 40+. They successfully raised young this year (believed to have been born on the boating lake islands - well, there isn't exactly much arctic tundra around these parts is there?). Also note the dodgy hybrid goose - a poss Barnacle x Ross's?

Winter sunrise

Tetney Marshes doing it's best to look like arctic tundra

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