American Black Tern revisited

American Black Tern (juv) - not surprisingly the star bird so far this autumn in Lincs.

Sea View & Grainthorpe 25/10/11

With rain in the night hopes were high some good birds might be up for grabs on the coast. Unfortunately I didn't find the big one but I did find 2 Firecrests at Sea View - what cracking little gems they are. A Brambling and Lapland Bunting were also heard at Sea View.
A Black Redstart was on top of Grainthorpe Haven Pumping Station, while a young Marsh Harrier & 3 Merlin patrolled the adjacent marsh.

Firecrest - one of the two at Sea View

Arizona 2011

Started trawling through my Arizona photos from earlier in the year - here's a few for starters...

White-breasted Nuthatch

Acorn Woodpecker - the most common woodpecker we encountered

American Robin - a species Lincs birders remember well

Wilson's Warbler

 Yellow-rumped Warbler  - along with Wilson's, the most common warbler species 

Wilson's Phalarope - one of 386 on Wilcox lake, a memorable sight!

 Red-tailed Hawk


Black Brant on the patch 23/10/11

Southerly winds turned southeasterly and increased late afternoon. The star bird was a Black Brant - surprisingly the first I've seen on the patch. Also seen: 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Pinkfeet, the Greenshank still at Pyes, ringtail Hen Harrier, Peregrine, Merlin & 2 Lapland Buntings.

Black Brant, Donna Nook 23/10/11

Horseshoe Point 09/10/11

Strong westerlies, rain, v poor light but the persistence at this exposed site is rewarded when this light, brown-coloured wader with a white chest band appeared in my scope whilst scanning a distant Golden Plover flock.

(very poor digiscoped record shot in awful conditions, but it's good enough to confirm the ID)