Egypt Expedition

The blog will not be updated for just over 2 weeks as I'm heading out to Sharm El Sheikh on Friday. It's a holiday with her indoors so I won't be able to check out the wildlife in the area all of the time, but rest assured there should be one or two pics for the blog when I get back ;-)

Donna Nook to Grainthorpe Marsh

Checked the local patch for the last time before I head out on Friday for 2 weeks in Egypt. In the lovely spring sunshine I had a Pale-bellied brent with 26 Dark-bellied, 2 Merlin, Spotted Redshank, the wintering Greenshank, Grey Wagtail & 3 Twite present. Then on to Covenham Reservoir & had 9 Goosanders (all redheads). Also 4 Barn Owls for the day - two alongside the A1031 between Tetney & Marshchapel, one at Grainthorpe & another at Covenham.

Donna Nook to Grainthorpe Marsh

Braved the wet and windy W - SW's this pm but probably shouldn't have bothered. Think we are in that period where a lot of winter stuff has moved on & we are waiting for the spring migrants to arrive. Anything still present probably stayed low today in the mod - strong winds. The male Hen Harrier & Greenshank continue to stay put. A Merlin was on the marsh. 83 Cormorants on a sandbar at the tide edge was a good count. A lone Song Thrush halfway down the track was probably an outward bound migrant. No sign of any Laplands in the usual spot, 10 Reed Buntings still there though. Only 2 Little Egrets seen - there has clearly been a reduction of Little Egrets present on the marsh over the winter, presumably having moved off due to the cold weather, with an clear increase of inland birds recorded.

Even the Armed Forces are being hit hard by the credit crunch

Covenham Reservoir

Had a look at Covenham Res this afternoon & the water levels there remain quite low. Here's the highlights for the area: Little Egret, 5 Goosander, 32 Great Crested Grebe, 50 each of Goldeneye & Wigeon, 8 Tufted Duck, Peregrine, 14 Redshank & single Grey Wagtail. Another fruitless search for a rarity!

Goldeneye from today...