Saturday, October 31, 2009

North Linc's.

A trip out to Barton and my local patch at Worlaby today with Dave got us some good birds through the day,this is what we saw.We started proceedings at Far-Ings in the early morning low cloud and mist,with a nice mix of wildfowl on and over Ness Lake,with the best being a single male Pintail moving west with a flock of Wigeon and a steady procession of Lapwings and Starlings moving west for the first couple of hours after dawn.Also over Ness lake were 2 Marsh Harrier,an adult female and juv./1st winter,the juv looking like it had roosted,appearing out of the main reedbed looking pretty bedraggled,but gave great views in the slowly improving light.After we had looked on the reserve,we walked up to Barton Reedbed to look for the confiding group of Bearded Tit which have been showing well.On the way up to Barton Reedbed we had a male Cetti's Warbler singing in Hawthorns at the edge of the Read's hotel grounds and the Outdoor pursuit pit,but unfortunately we didn't observe it.So onto Barton Reedbed and we got fantastic views of a single male Bearded Tit eating grit off the new path.This is the first time i have observed this behaviour and was fantastic to see,this,one of Britains most beautiful birds feeding out in the open,brilliant stuff!!After our great start to the day,we moved onto Worlaby and decided to walk up to Bonby Carrs.The first sightings of note were 2 Marsh Harrier over the fields towards Elsham,with an additional 2 birds being seen later on and our first pair of Stonechat of the day,with another 8 birds being seen.After a brief altercation with some tresspassing Pheasant shooters,we continued on towards the railway and down towards the river,with us seeing a couple of Merlin chasing each other and a single Kingfisher along the Ancholme here.The next good bird was a single female Peregrine watched perched on the ground,giving good views of this regal looking species,the first i have observed down here for a while.We eventually made it back to the car park area and enjoyed great views of 3 Barn Owl and a single Short-eared Owl.Other sightings observed included 2 flocks of Pink-footed Geese,with 57 moving south and 260 east onto the Wolds,51 Reed Bunting,31 Yellowhammer,100 Fieldfare and 138 Linnet.Insect and Mammal sightings comprised of 7 Painted Lady,Small Tortoiseshell,Red Admiral and a single Peacock which was caught by a male Stonechat!,7 Common Darter,a single male Roe Deer and a superb Fox.A great day out in the unusually mild conditions for the time of year and well worth the effort!!.


  1. Hi Steve, hows things mate? Hope the new job is going well. I've been so busy of late havent had chance to really get out - did get the shorelarks etc last week at lunchtime (am based in Louth). Wherabouts are the bearded tits - quite fancy catching up with them shortly?


  2. Hi Matt,the Bearded Tit are on Barton Reedbed reserve,just east of the new visitor centre.If you are coming over give us a bell and i will shoe you were they are.