Another year has flown by and what a good one it was,both locally and further afield.Some good birds were seen at Marston with the great news of Cetti’s warblers breeding here for the first time.The Waxwings that turned up in November proved really popular with birders,photographers and locals.The site remains the best place in Lincs. for Water rails and Green sandpipers. Cuckoos give themselves up for photography in the spring.A Short eared owl that turned up towards the end of April stayed until the remarkably late date of 25th of June.Other good sightings in the area-not all by me- included Bewicks and Whooper swans,Long eared owl,Whinchat,Treecreeper,Spotted flycatcher,Mandarin,Pintail and Crossbill(in Jericho wood).I’ll keep going until I find my dream bird,Penduline tit.(That’ll probably be forever,then).
We are very lucky in the Grantham area and sometimes take for granted some of the great birding around.The Red kites at Stainby tip can reach a count of 20 or more,Ravens are fairly easy to find in the Belton area and Peregrines bred again on St.Wulframs church.I located Lesser spotted woodpecker in the spring at Belton,but they are now very scarce.The Short eared owls that spent the winter on the edge of Grantham were a nice bonus.
Twitching (and dipping) took up a bit of time this year,saw some great birds and great places,though two trips to Rainham marshes for Baillon’s crake without success nearly had me looking on e-bay for a set of golf clubs.Only joking,things got better,but another bird I never saw was the Herefordshire Cream coloured courser.I wasn’t too bothered as I was out of the country,though I did catch up with one somewhere else.See pic.