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.

Grimsby Waxwings 18/02/17

Received a message that a flock of c40 Waxwings were close to Grimsby College so made the short trip to see them. This is the largest flock reported locally this winter and I managed to count 36 Waxwings. The berry bush they wanted to visit was defended by 2 Mistle Thrushes who constantly saw off any Waxwing that attempted to land on it.


Tetney 17/02/17

Out with DW. A largely sunny day with a variable F2 wind and the temperature reaching double figures.

The humber was like a millpond but quiet yet again with just a Great Crested Grebe, 4 Common Scoter, a Pochard and 3 Teal seen. There was some gull movement along the tide edge though and this included a fine adult Med Gull flying north.

Birds of prey today were: 2 Hen Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, 3 Merlin, 4 Short-eared Owl and 2 Barn Owl.

Other highlights: Pale-bellied Brent Goose with c850 Dark-bellied, Black-tailed Godwit, Water Rail, 6 Grey Partridge, the wintering male Stonechat, 31 Twite and a Lapland Bunting.

There were two Guillemot corpses along the strandline and the remains of what on size was presumably a Little Auk.

There was also an obvious wreck of Common Cuttlefish shells, along with a few Sea Urchins and a Common Sunstar.

Two patch year ticks today - Pochard and Med Gull. Total: 102

1 of 2 Guillemots washed up

Common Sunstar

Common Cuttlefish shell

Submerged car was new for my Tetney list

Tetney 15/02/17 - 100 up

An afternoon and rare visit to the northern boundary as it's the only part with a significant area of trees and thus my best bet for ticking some woodland species for 2017.

Weather was pleasant with sunshine and an F2 southerly. Temperature around 9-10°C and I could actually feel the warmth of the sun in sheltered areas.

Four patch year ticks today which included three i'd targeted - Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper and Coal Tit. The bonus tick was a Black-tailed Godwit on the Yacht Club Pools.

Other notable species were a pair of Shoveler and at least one Gadwall on the pools in amongst the wintering Wigeon. A pair of Common Buzzards soaring and 2 Twite over.

To highlight the lack of freshwater pools I find I still need Pochard and Tufted Duck for 2017. Also how I've not had Grey Wagtail yet is baffling - especially as I was encountering them regularly in December! 

No.100 - Black-tailed Godwit. "Blackwits" are solely a passage migrant through the Tetney area.

Tetney 08/02/17

Covered the area with DW. Dull all day with occasional sleet showers. Temperature not rising above 4°C - a raw F3 easterly made it feel much colder.

Star bird of the day had to be the Great Skua that flew south close in - a good winter record.

We had hoped the easterlies would've pushed some birds up the humber but apart from the skua it was the usual species with 2 Red-throated Diver, 43 Great Crested Grebe and the Common Scoter flock now down to just 3 birds.

Bird of prey highlights: Hen Harrier, 2 Peregrine, Merlin, Short-eared Owl and 2 Barn Owl

Also logged today: Pale-bellied Brent Goose with 350 Dark-bellied, 2 Shoveler, 3,500 Golden Plover, 11 Grey Partridge, the wintering male Stonechat and 10 Twite.

2 pairs of Oystercatchers noted back on territories.

Not surprisingly Great Skua was a patch year tick - total now 96.

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)