Tetney 24/02/17

Out with DW. A cold F3 NW wind with a mixture of light cloud and sunny intervals. Max temperature 6°C.

After yesterday's "Storm Doris" there were high hopes for some good birds on the humber but yet again it remained quiet with just a Red-throated Diver, Great Crested Grebe, a Gannet upriver, 5 Velvet Scoter, 3 Common Scoter and a pair of Mallard.

Bird of prey counts were: 2 Hen Harrier (including a fine adult male), 6 Common Buzzard, 3 Peregrine, Merlin and a minimum of 5 Short-eared Owls.

Other highlights: Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Water Rail, 3 Grey Partridge and 3 Stonechat (the wintering male and female back together again and a male along Tetney Lock). A flock of 25 finches flew through and didn't call but jizz suggested Twite.

One patch year tick today - Greylag Goose (a tick is a tick!). Total: 103

Unfortunately deceased but actually the first Puffin I've seen in Lincs - highlighting what a difficult species it is to see in the county. The state of this bird suggests it died before yesterday's storm. The Donna Nook to Tetney stretch of coast has seen a Shag, 2 Guillemot and a Razorbill all washed up in the week before Storm Doris even hit the UK.

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