Friday, 24 January 2020

An Introduction to Far Ings.

Brian had never been to Far Ings and was keen to do some bird watching so it was an opportunity to visit.  Far Ings National Nature Reserve is situated on the south bank of the Humber Estary at Barton-upon-Humber and is on a major east-west flyway for migrating birds.  The reserve is one of pits and reedbeds which are a legacy of the tile and cement industry between 1850 and 1959.  Rich in wildlife it is managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and is one of the UK's strongholds for bittern.

It was a drab sart to the day but the sun came out as we arrived to give superb light.  We started our visit in the double decker hide at Ness End Farm.  This hide gives excellent views of the lake and reed beds and is perhaps the best for wildfowl, bittern and kingfisher.  While we were in the hide, a small party of gadwall came close with goldeneye and other species in the distance.  Handsome goldeneye are one of my favourite ducks.  They over winter with us and breed in forested areas in Scandinavia and northern Russia in holes in trees, although there is a small breeding population in the far north of Scotland.  

From Ness Hide we followed the visitor's trail around the reserve calling in at three other hides.  Once on the Humber bank we made our way to the Ropewalk in Barton where we met the ladies for lunch.

Species seen:

  • Gadwall
  • Goldeneye
  • Mallard
  • Coot
  • Magpie
  • Cormorant
  • Blackbird
  • Dabchick
  • Great Crested Grebe (still in winter plumage)
  • Curlew
  • Mute swan
  • Shelduck
  • Wigeon
  • Redshank
  • Shoveler
  • Blue tit
  • Robin

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Mute Swan


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