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.