Isabelline Shrike 20/10/13

Isabelline Shrike, Donna Nook 20/10/13

The last Isabelline on the Donna Nook reserve was 10 years ago (13/10/2003). It was present for one day only and believed to be of the race phoenicuroides (Turkestan Shrike). The general consensus on the latest individual points to the race isabellinus (Daurian Shrike), though 1st-winter shrikes of the Isabelline group aren't always straightforward to assign to race - no doubt more discussion to follow on the racial ID of this bird. Having seen the 2003 bird, I'm hoping this latest bird is confirmed as a Daurian!

Great Snipe 15/09/13

Miserable weather - wet, very windy and dull light but a memorable trip to Kilnsea to see my first ever Great Snipe. I've often heard that Great Snipe are generally very elusive but this bird was just the opposite giving views down to a few feet and at one point running inbetween it's admirers!

Donna Nook 14/09/13

A few hours at Donna Nook from midday. The green wing-tagged Marsh Harrier which has been in the area for a couple of weeks now was over the pools N of Stonebridge - the bird was tagged in North Norfolk.A seawatch off Quad 3 produced my first ever Long-tailed Skua for the patch when an adult flew N c14.00. Also on the seawatch: 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Gannet, 6 Red-throated Diver, several Sandwich Terns, Arctic Tern, 4 Common Terns and a Guillemot. A flock of c40 Common Scoters had a Scaup or Tufted Duck in with them but distance meant I couldn't ID which (the rapid flight suggested Tufted). Other highlights from my visit: Hobby, Green Sandpiper and 2 Wheatear  - including a cracking Greenland bird with very buff underparts and a striking white supercilium.

Lincs Cattle Egret 12/09/13

Didn't get off from work until 17.40 so it was a scramble home, get changed, grab bins and camera and shoot for the Tetney Lock Cattle Egret, hoping I connected before it flew off to roost. There for 18.30, I saw the bird for 10mins across the other side of the lock, then it flew off to roost - I got lucky. My 3rd Cattle Egret for Lincs.

Cattle Egret (record shot)

Gibraltar Point 01/09/13

Made the trip to Gib to catch up with Lincolnshire's first Short-toed Lark in 22 years. The bird was very elusive and then when found it proved to be very mobile but I did manage a couple of record shots (see below). Other highlights: Garganey, 9 Curlew Sandpiper, 8 Spotted Redshank, 9 Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Ruff, 2 Green Sandpiper, c100 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Buzzard, Barn Owl, Arctic Skua, Kingfisher, 30+ Sandwich Tern, 5 Whinchat, 6 Yellow Wagtail.

Short-toed Lark  
The best shots I could manage of this elusive and mobile bird. 

Noted in the field:
A smaller bird in comparison to the Skylarks in the area - evident in both flight and on the ground.
A very active bird, often running.
Sandy upperparts, whitish supercilium with a white surround to the eye, clean underparts but with black on the sides of the breast (the latter can be seen on the photos above).
I didn't hear the bird call.

Horseshoe Point 28/08/13

In the Horseshoe Point area this evening: 2 Marsh Harrier, 8 Little Egret, 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Wheatear and 400 Swallows roosted close by.

Donna Nook 26/08/13

Between the RAF base and Pyes Hall today: Icterine Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Redstart, 3 Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Common Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 10 Willow Warbler, 3 Whimbrel, Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover

 Icterine Warbler - (blurred!) record shot. Seen very briefly before it promptly disappeared

Donna Nook 24/08/13

Highlights between the RAF base and Pyes Hall this afternoon were 3 Pied Flycatchers, 3 Whinchat, Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Common Whitethroat, 12 Willow Warbler, 6 Yellow Wagtail, Hobby, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Greenshank & 5 Whimbrel

Juvenile Crossbill

Fresh in on a coastal headland, this juvenile Crossbill was quick to adapt to eating aphids on umbellifer stems in the absence of pine cones.

Lincs Coast 10/07/13

A full day along the Lincs coast which, after hearing that the Bridled Tern had gone south through Flamborough, resulted in a few Lincs birders co-ordinating seawatches along the coast. The Bridled Tern wasn't reported again but the day list was respectable for Lincs in July. Covering three areas of the coast produced -  6 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Arctic Skuas, 3 Red-throated Divers, an impressive 1050 Common Scoter in one flock, 20+ Gannet, 7 Little Tern, 47 Sandwich Tern, Guillemot, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 50 Golden Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Hobby, 5 Peregrine, 2 Marsh Harrier & a Common Buzzard

Images from India 2013

All India photos taken with a Canon SX50 HS bridge camera

Bengal Tiger

Steppe Eagle (immature)

Rose-ringed (Ring-necked) Parakeet

White-breasted Kingfisher

Red-wattled Lapwing

Bar-headed Goose

 Brown Fish Owl

Green Bee-eater

Grainthorpe Haven 05/06/13

In the Grainthorpe Haven area this evening were a Hobby, Common Buzzard, Barn Owl, Little Owl, Cuckoo, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Reed Warbler & Corn Bunting, A second Barn Owl was seen next to the approach road to Horseshoe Point.

Donna Nook 01/06/13

Highlights from a quiet afternoon at Donna Nook were a Red Kite, 4 Cuckoo, 2 Lesser Whitethroat & a pair of Corn Bunting.

Lincs tick

Tonight I managed to connect with a brown Common Rosefinch that has been visiting a Cleethorpes garden feeder over the past 2 days. The bird was also heard singing and thus confirmed as a 1st-summer male. A long-awaited Lincs first for me.

Donna Nook 29/05/13

An evening walk in mod N and poor light from Stonebridge to Pyes Hall produced 2 Whimbrel, 3 Cuckoo, a very late Redstart (presumably bound for Scandinavia), Spotted Flycatcher & a Reed Warbler singing from hawthorns at Pyes which was also likely to be a migrant passing through.


Male Kestrel with Common Lizard

Covenham Reservoir 01/01/13

Highlights from an afternoon visit to Covenham - the wintering Black Redstart & Sanderling still present, 76 Goldeneye, 24 Wigeon, 2 Med Gulls (1w & 2w), Common Buzzard, Barn Owl & 25 Fieldfare.

Great Northern Diver (juvenile) 31/12/12

The very confiding bird at Ashbyville Lake, Scunthorpe

Anglers Country Park 23/12/12

 Wigeon comparison (from left to right) - Drake Eurasian Wigeon, female Eurasian Wigeon, Drake American Wigeon

Drake Goosander - 36 of these fine sawbills were on the country park lake, with a further 15 next door on Wintersett Reservoir