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Monday, 25 February 2013

Birding Lincs

Me and Mark made a trip into Lincs today starting at Fiskerton Fen just east of Lincoln where an American Wigeon has been residing over the last couple of weeks, we found the bird with a large flock of Eurasion Wigeon in a flooded field across the road from the reserve but it was quite distant, not the best views I’ve ever had of an American Wigeon, there were also a couple of Little Egrets there. We then headed over to the North Lincs coast for our second target bird, a Black Brant at Humberston Fitties, it was associating with a large flock of Dark Bellied Brents which we soon located in a field just behind the sea wall and a scan through them soon found the Brant plus a couple of Pale Bellied birds for good measure. As we were in the area we thought we’d have a quick look at Killingholme Haven next but there was not a lot happening there, lots of Redshank and a female Marsh Harrier plus a Little Egret posed nicely in front of the hide, we spent the rest of the afternoon at Worlaby Carrs where several Short Eared and a Barn Owl performed well and we finished with a flock of about 30 Corn Buntings flying over, we also saw several Buzzards throughout the day including three birds at Worlaby, a pleasant days birding although it was bitterly cold especially on the coast.

the windswept look

rumour has it the Carrs are to be ploughed up this year
so this could be the last winter for these guys

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