Tetney 08/05/17

An unplanned afternoon visit but the report of a Dotterel by the southern boundary of the recording area meant I just had to give it a go.
Weatherwise it was still feeling very wintry with a blustery N wind and thick cloud throughout.

Star bird was of course the female Dotterel which thankfully showed well.

Other highlights from today: 2 Whimbrel, Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, Barn Owl, Grey Partridge, Cuckoo and 2 Wheatear. A group of 5 terns flew by but I failed to ascertain their identity so were logged as "Commic" terns.

One patch tick today: Dotterel
2017 patch total: 138

Female Dotterel - the Tetney/North Cotes area has traditionally been one of the best in Lincs for catching up with this special wader during spring passage. DW and I actually checked this field for Dotterel only 2 days previously!

Dark-bellied Brent Goose RDN6 
I also saw this bird in the same place 28/11 and a red-colour-ringed bird briefly seen there 21/4 was also likely to be the same individual. Ringed in the Netherlands in 2015. RDN6 is staying later along our coast this spring - last year he was back at his spring passage site in the Netherlands by 29/3.

Tetney 06/05/17

Out with DW. Covered the northern and southern boundaries of the patch as well as walking our usual circuit.
Weatherwise it was a cold NE starting F4 and eventually becoming F3. Thick cloud dominated most of the day.

On the humber: A single male Common Scoter makes it 8 consecutive months this species has remained present off Tetney.

Birds of prey: 2 Common Buzzard, Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel and a Short-eared Owl.

Other highlights: 7+ Whimbrel, 5 Common Sandpiper, a late Turnstone, 2 Grey Partridge, 13 Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, 3 Swift (1st of the spring), a few Swallows NW and 2 Sand Martins NW. Most of the warblers noted were territorial birds with numbers - 12 Blackcap, 20 Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler and 10 Reed Warbler - the latter included 9 birds along Tetney Lock and a significant increase on our last count along there.

A Hobby was seen close to Tetney village but was outside our recording area - the first of the year for both of us.

Other wildlife: Grey Seal and 4 Roe Deer. Sadly another Roe Deer was seen dead in a field by the seawall with presumed shooting cover close by.

One patch tick today - Swift.
2017 patch list so far: 137.

The Barnacle Goose seen at Tetney with Brents 21/4 has been "ticked" as a wild bird. Sightings of a single Barnacle Goose with Brents at Spurn 20/4, seen at Kilnsea 25/4 and Flamborough 2/5 all relate to presumably the same individual who's wanderings are certainly not typical of a feral bird.

Dead male Roe Deer - not a pleasant sight whilst walking along the seawall 

On a more positive note we managed to later see 4 Roe Deer alive and well