Tetney 21/04/17

A visit to the northern end of the patch first thing with DW followed by our usual circuit at the central/southern end.
A largely cloudy day with brief sunny spells. Wind W-NW beginning F3 but soon increasing to a blustery F5.

On the humber: Red-throated Diver and 5 Common Scoter.

Birds of prey: Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Buzzard, 3 Peregrine, Merlin, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2+ Kestrel, Short-eared Owl and Barn Owl. One of the Common Buzzards was seen heading towards the Lincs coast from Spurn before continuing NW upriver and a Sparrowhawk came in off from Spurn only a couple of minutes after the Buzzard.

In the bushes: 10 Blackcap, 3 Common Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler and a pair of Bullfinch.

Also: The Black Brant was with 225 Dark-bellied Brents, a Greylag Goose flew out E towards Spurn, 4+ Grey Partridge, 6 Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper (1st of the spring), Wheatear, 12 Swallow NW (also several territorial birds), 10 Sand Martin (8 NW, 2E), 6 Yellow Wagtail NW, Grey Wagtail NW, 4 alba wagtail NW, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler (1st of the spring) and a flock of 60 Linnet (+ a few small groups heading NW).

Interesting sighting of the day was a single Barnacle Goose initially seen flying over calling and later seen with the Brent flock - this bird was seen heading S with some Whimbrel at Spurn the previous day before joining the Brents there. A late date for a genuine vagrant and there is a small feral population nearby at Cleethorpes but could it be a late straggler? Hanging out with Brents is at least a positive sign. Case unanswered so it remains unticked for the year.

2017 patch ticks today: Common Sandpiper, Common Whitethroat and Reed Warbler
2017 patch total: 129

 1 of 2 Black Brants in the county at present. Comparing dates it seems feasible this individual is commuting between Spurn and the Tetney/Horseshoe Point area. No overlap of dates and parties of Brent Geese are frequently seen crossing the humber between the two areas, including today.

Note the colour-ringed Brent in the above photo - I was too busy concentrating on getting a photo of the Brant that I failed to notice it at the time. I have noted a colour-ringed bird also wih a red colour ring here before though, back in November - this individual was ringed on spring passage in the Netherlands in 2015 and then recorded through the spring of 2016 at Spurn, then in Holland and Germany.

It's not unusual to see Roe Deer prints on the upper areas of the beach but can't say I've seen them heading way out to the tide edge before.

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