Tetney 17/01/17

Light cloud for most of the day. F3 southerlies but at 4°C it was still chilly.

A good push of Pink-footed Geese upriver in the first half of the morning  - 6 skeins totalling 760 birds.

I'd hoped the recent strong NW's might've shaken things up on the humber but it was the usual fare - Red-throated Diver, 14 Common Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 18 Gadwall, 65 Wigeon and 5 Teal.

Birds of prey seen were 2 Hen Harrier, 2 Peregrine. 2 Merlin and 2 Barn Owl.

Other highlights - Water Rail, 12 Grey Partridge, Stonechat & 25 Twite.

The confiding male Stonechat still going strong

The local farmer did his usual letting off of a rocket to scare the Brents off his fields but they flew straight into the adjacent field in front of me - needless to say, the farmer drove around to near where I was standing and this time fired a shotgun to put them up. At least I can take some comfort knowing they'll soon be back once he's gone.

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