Welcome to my blog!..This will be used as a diary of my many days out chasing rare birds,local birding and my experiences in the fantastic natural world of the UK,with a scattering of photos thrown in as well.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
North Linc's goodies..........
Ness Lake,Far-Ings NNR,Barton Pits.
Male Adder,North Linc's.
Micro moth,Tortricodes alternella.
A full day out today with Chris,visiting a few local sites,resulted in some good sightings and the first proper signs of spring.We started off at Far ings and soon got bored of waiting for the Bitterns to appear in the freezing hide,but managed a couple of Siskin feeding in some waterside Alders and 1 female Smew on the Target Lake and also some interesting spring signs which included a Coot and Magpie collecting nest material,singing male Reed Bunting and displaying Goldeneye,Shoveler and Teal,making for great viewing.The most productive site today was visited next,the excellent Read's Island at South Ferriby.At last and after several visits the 45 'Tundra' Beans were present today and gave superb views on the front of the island,giving us a great chance to study this superb goose species and both Chris and myself's largest flock we have observed.Also the 1st winter Eurasian Whitefront was still with the Bean flock and gave a great chance to watch these two species side by side,excellent.Also here,a good selection of sightings included 1 Merlin,1 Peregrine,3 Marsh Harrier,the wintering Greenshank,81 Black-tailed Godwit,150 Pink-footed Geese(West) and a whopping flock of 392 Avocet which included a couple of colour ringed birds and gave great views when flushed by the Perg,swirling all over the place providing us with a superb aerobatic spectacle.The final site we visited was Laughton Forest,were highlights included our first Red-tailed Bumblebee's of the year with 2 being seen,1 Nuthatch,8 Lesser Redpoll,a couple of Siskin,Micro moth species Tortricodes alternella,2 Male Common Lizard and of course our target Adders.Today we managed a total of 7 animals,all males and they gave the usual stunning views,my favourite british animal by far and a great end to the day.An enjoyable day,particularly the Bean Geese and the Adders.