Monday 19 February 2024

Colour Ringed Black-tailed Godwit on the Humber Bank

 A rare dry day today and high tide (although a neap one) tempted me to a couple of hours at Novartis Ings and on the Humber Bank. 27 species were seen including a very loud cetti's warlbler and again a very large flock of golden plover; this time up by the dock wall. There were large numbers of waders about, mainly redshank, dunlin and black-tailed godwit. On examining the only (poor photograph) I took, I was surprised to see a colour ringed godwit in the top right of the image.



Saturday 17 February 2024

Winter Feeding Station Photography.

 Another overcast day with some drizzle today but as the feeders needed topping up I decided to stay and photograph. The light was not good but I was pleased I stayed as I had 3 visits from the woodpeckers: female twice and male once. The male was also drumming nearby. Annoyingly I was unprepared each time and missed the best shots. Plenty of other birds were visiting including at least two nuthatches.

The snowdrops and aconites are nearly over now but arum leaves and wild garlic are just coming through; it will soon be time for  wild garlic soup and pesto. Dog's Mercury is in flower now.

Blue tit
Blue tit
Blue tit
Chaffinch
Coal Tit
Coal Tit
Great Tit
Great Tit
Great Tit
Great Spotted Woodpecker, male
Nuthatch
Nuthatch
Nuthatch
Nuthatch
Snowdrops
Snowdrops
Grey Squirrel
Grey Squirrel

Monday 12 February 2024

A Walk Around the Local Patch

 A beautiful afternoon encouraged a walk around the local patch: the cemetery and woodland burial ground. Although sunny it felt cool at 7C in the chill wind. It was also wet with many of the paths flooded. Highlights were the female great spotted woodpecker, the large numbers of goldfinches that were about and a pair of bullfinches.

Entrance to the Woodland Burial Ground
Great spotted woodpecker
Great spotted woodpecker
Herring Gull
Herring Gull
Herring Gull
Bullfinch

Saturday 10 February 2024

Lesser Yellowlegs at Frampton

 Although the day began with fog over the Lincolnshire Wolds, as we approached Boston it cleared to give a mild and largely sunny day. As is so often the case here, the overriding memory is one of wheeling flocks of waders and geese and the echoing calls of birds over the marsh: the whistling of wigeon, peewit calls of lapwings, bubbling song of curlew and the more gutteral calling of brent geese. The first bird seen and photographed was a superb kestrel hovering over the car park.


The day began, as usual with coffee in the excellent cafe and an unsuccessful attempt at locating the, by now, famous lesser yellowlegs. Giving up on this American vagrant we made our way to the 360 Hide before returning at 12.30 to satisfy the grumbling in stomachs. The bacon bun was excellent and this time the yellowlegs turned up trumps giving plenty of close-up opportunities for photography. I am ambivalent about these odd rarities; the chances of this bird finding a made or its way back to America are neglible. For the moment, however, it appears to be fit and well. 







Following lunch we headed down to the sea wall where we made our way to the East Hide and returned to the visitor centre via the 360 Hide. During this walk we were able to feast our senses on the wealth of birds present. Arriving back at the centre we were ready for a cup of tea during which we were treated to the sudden arrival of a flock of whooper swans which landed just in front of us. The light had nearly gone now but there was just enough to secure a record shot.

Avocet
Avocet
Lapwing
Lapwing
Pintail
Teal
Teal
Whooper Swans
Wigeon
Wigeon
Wigeon
Wigeon
Wigeon
Wigeon

Sunday 4 February 2024

A Late Afternoon Visit to Cleethorpes.

 A late afternoon visit to Cleethorpes with Malcolm and Maureen rewarded us with 23 species, the highlight being bar-tailed godwit.

Bar-tailed Godwit
Redshank
Dunlin