Saturday, 14 March 2015

Finally Getting to Grips with Some Shore Larks

Friend Nigel was keen to have a day bird watching so we decided to head down the coast to Saltfleetby/Theddlethorpe NNR to try to find the trio of shorelarks which have been showing well recently.  Although hazy, it was a bright warm morning when we pulled up the car park at the Brickyard Lane entrance to the reserve, but, as we were to find out when we hit the beach, there was a brisk cold easterly wind.  We didn't have the spot to ourselves as there were a few dog walkers and another couple of birders, both looking for the shore larks.  Despite the fact that this is a huge windswept beach we came upon the birds quite quickly, although they were a bit flighty.  We had good views and I managed one or two reasonable images.

After a bit of lunch we decided to call in at Donna Nook NNR to try for the flock of 70 twite that had been seen here but to no avail.  We had more luck with the two drake goosanders on our way home but by now a sea fret had rolled in and the light was poor for photography.

A good day.

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