Sunday, November 20, 2011

Tetney Lanius etc......

Chris looking for a White-billed Diver.

Misty morning at Tetney Lock.

Another shot of this atmospheric scene.
An all dayer to Tetney with Chris to look for the reported Great-grey Shrike,saw us hanging about in the gloom until the sun finally broke through a hour and half later.It was certainly worth the wait,as the shrike performed superbly and i gained the best views of a Great-grey i have had in 25 years birding!.It was mainly spending it's time in the canal side bushes,adjacent to the lock and spent it's time catching wasps,while being mobbed by several bird species including Blue Tit and Greenfinch,which could in turn have easily become it's next meal,what a cracking bird.After watching this superb scandinavian visitor we headed in the direction of the Humber mouth and sea,seeing a mixed flock of all 3 species of swan on an adjoining field,which consisted of 3 adult Bewick's,5 Whooper and 4 Mute's,a very nice sight,particularly the Bewick's which are pretty scarce visitors to the county.Other sightings on the walk out to the sea included 2 Merlin and a single Greenshank,with several Little Egret scolding us with there corvid like calls as we passed by.On arrival at the beach,highlights included 3 flyover Snow Bunting and 25 Twite which showed very well as they fed on the Salicornia growing there and on the sea a raft of 90 Common Scoter,a couple of Red-throated Diver and 10 Great-crested Grebe.The return walk provided more sightings which included 2 sparring Short-eared Owl and it made a nice change to see these birds without a crowd present.Another great day out,with a bit of perseverance,which paid divedends in the end.

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