Saturday, November 13, 2010

North Linc's....

Elsham village and the Ancholme valley.
Today,i visited 3 sites and enjoyed some great sightings in some nice weather conditions.The first place i visited was one of the sections i count on my monthly Webs count,this one is between Goxhill Haven and New Holland bulk terminal and today wasn't too bad.The best sightings were of a couple of lovely little Twite watched feeding along the humber bankside near to the tilery and a good count of 96 Goldeneye on the river.This count continues the run of this site being the most important for the latter species in the county.Minor highlights here included an electric-blue Kingfisher,Grey Plover,14 Siskin(West) and a Jay.Site number two visited,was South Ferriby cement works after a very welcome phone call from Graham,saying he had just found a Rough-legged Buzzard there,so i quickly made my way round the valley and on arrival,was treated to some excellent views of this cracking Fenno-scandian visitor as it perched on a fence and hawthorn bushes and had a couple of set-to's with the local corvids,brilliant stuff,these are a cracking species of raptor and i hope to encounter more of them through the winter.The final site i visited was my patch at Worlaby and more of the same as yesterdays sightings  were seen and included more brilliant views of the S.e.O's,2 juv. Hen Harrier,2 Barn Owl,3 Marsh Harrier(ad.male,2nd cal.yr male and juv.),female Stonechat and 9 Common Buzzard.There was also a big number of visitors today to the site,with over 70 observer's and photographers coming to see the Owls from as far afield as Merseyside and Northamptonshire!.Another excellent local day out!.

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