Tetney 30/12/16

Birding with DW & TH today. On the humber were 13 Great Crested Grebe, the ever-dwindling Common Scoter flock down to just 9 birds, 2 Velvet Scoter, 7 Scaup, 4 Pochard and 38 Gadwall (the latter a record count). I couldn't make it 13 visits on the trot seeing Long-tailed Duck.
Birds of prey seen were 2 Hen Harrier, Peregrine and Merlin. Mist rolled in from mid-afternoon scuppering any chance of a Short-eared Owl count.
Other highlights were Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Water Rail, 4 Kingfisher, 150 Fieldfare, 50 Linnet, 4 Twite and a confiding Snow Bunting amongst the tidal wrack.
A flock of 42 Ringed Plover held a colour-ringed bird which was ringed on the Ems Estuary, Germany 12/06/15.

 Single Snow Buntings can be tricky to spot when amongst tidal wrack at the dune edge


Local Waxwings 29/12/16

Received a phone call to say there were 15 Waxwings less than 5 minutes walk from the house! It was a good job I was at home as they didn't hang around for long.
Seems to be a few filtering down now from further north.

12 was the best I managed in a single shot. Love the one in the corner straining to get in the photo




White-winger 28/12/16

Got a phone call this morning to say the Iceland Gull was back at the end of N Cleethorpes promenade so I shot straight there. Only 2 gulls at the end of the groyne when I arrived but thankfully the Iceland was one of them. My first ever Iceland Gull was also here and that will be 20 years ago next month - how time flies!

Aged as a 1CY bird by the dark iris and bill pattern.

I have a decent camera setup but freely admit photography and me just don't mix. No surprise then that I had the wrong settings on the camera when I took this shot. New Year's resolution - learn how to actually use a camera!

Tetney 27/12/16

I was hoping the recent strong winds might have shaken things up on the humber but it was pretty much the same. On the humber were 3 Red-throated Diver, 18 Great Crested Grebe (my highest count for here), 5 Gadwall, 23 Common Scoter and the Long-tailed Duck still - this was my 12th consecutive visit with at least one Long-tailed Duck seen.
As always, a good selection of birds of prey seen including 2 Hen Harrier (one a fine male), 2 Peregrine, Merlin and Short-eared Owl. A Tawny Owl called in Tetney Lock village just after dark.
Other highlights were Water Rail, 150 Fieldfare, a mixed flock of Linnet & Twite totalling 30 birds and also 2 Lapland Bunting.
There was a steady passage of gulls upriver throughout the day - predominantly Herring Gulls.

Pyewipe, Grimsby 10/08/16

An evening visit to Pyewipe to check the waders. Plenty of Dunlin and Ringed Plover to search through but nothing out of the ordinary found. A good night for larids with 4 Med Gulls seen (2 x ad, 2CY & 1CY).

Nightjars

For the first time in 21 years of birding I was lucky enough to see Nightjars not only up close in daylight, but also at the nest - a truly memorable sight.


Far Ings, Barton 06/08/16

Made the short trip up to Far Ings, Barton for the Squacco Heron - still a rare bird for the county. Spent the afternoon and evening there with the highlights being:  
Squacco Heron - views of it in flight and on the edge of a hawthorn overhanging one of the pits, 120+ Common Scoter, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpiper. 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Water Rail, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Bearded Tit and a Willow Tit.

A flock of 120+ Common Scoters came west up the humber, gained height to clear the humber bridge and carried on high west - a great sight. It was the first time I've seen scoters so high as they always fly at low levels when I encounter them along the coast. 

 Black-tailed Skimmers were showing well along one of the paths today