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Monday, 2 March 2015

North Lincs

Out with Pete Watson and we thought we’d do North Lincs today, we were off to a good start with a Red Kite over the road near South Cave then once over the bridge a couple of Buzzards were seen along the way to Saltfleetby on the Coast, a few wintering goodies seen here yesterday and it wasn’t long before a small flock of Twite dropped in front of us however the star birds, three Shore Larks, took a bit longer to find but we eventually got good views, we headed back North calling in at Rimac before ending up at Donna Nook, some more Twite there, a small flock of Dark Bellied Brent Geese, Little Egret and a small number of Rock Pipits, a couple of other birders were claiming a Water Pipit was with them but we couldn’t find it, then a Peregrine came over and flushed everything ending the search. We carried on back to Far Ings and staked out the Reedbed for an hour or more, a Bittern has been showing on and off of late but no sign this afternoon, an immature Marsh Harrier showed well though, next up was South Ferriby and after sitting out a short shower we found the 12 Tundra Bean Geese were still present amongst the large number of feral Geese there. We ended the day at Alkeborough Flats where there was an impressive 200+ Avocets, a few Black Tailed Godwits, more Little Egrets and a hunting Barn Owl but no hoped for Hen Harriers.
plenty of Sky Larks up and singing

some Twite

two of the three Shore Larks

Peregrine flushed everything at Donna Nook

some Cormorants looking quite smart now

Imm Marsh

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