Tetney 04/02/17

F3 SW and sunny all day. Temperature around 6°C.

On the humber there was an excellent count of 47 Great Crested Grebes - smashing my previous highest of 22. A pair of grebes were observed displaying.
Also on the humber were the usual 15 Common Scoter and also 3 Red-throated Diver and 3 Teal.

Notable raptors: a Marsh Harrier went south, 2 Hen Harrier, 4 Common Buzzard, 2 Peregrine and a Merlin. An immature Peregrine was seen to briefly catch a Wigeon but subsequently dropped it.

Other highlights: Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 9 Grey Partridge, female Stonechat, 30 Linnet and 6 Twite.

Skylark, Dunnock, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush and Chaffinch all in song. A few Meadow Pipits are starting to appear back in the area (littoralis Rock Pipits dominate here during winter).

A young Grey Seal was up the beach along the dune edge.

No Tetney year ticks today.

Sanderlings are certainly opportunistic feeders - this individual was feeding on a seal carcass and with patience I won its trust (though always keeping one eye on me it seems)

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