After being in the doldrums for a while, Marston has picked up a bit of late. A few waders have made things interesting, though the scrape just will not drop sufficiently to draw birds in. The level falls a bit … Continue reading Patchblog
It was raining as I arrived, that fine stuff that somehow seems to get you wetter than the heavier stuff! Loads of sand martins had been pushed in, must have been 250-300. There were lots of juveniles amongst them, great to … Continue reading Woodhall Airfield and around.
Friday. Made the short trip over for this great live show, it was only 29 miles from Grantham, traveling on the Melton route. Up to seven European Bee-eaters had been seen in the quarry near East Leake. Five were on show today, … Continue reading Notts Bee Eaters
Came across this kes yesterday, she was carrying an injury to the wing, but was still flying short distances. I suspect that hovering and hunting from the air is difficult so she’s spending time on lookout posts and trees. Found … Continue reading Marston stw
Freiston shore 9th June. It was pretty quiet, birdwise; a greenshank, a cuckoo and a pair of barnacle geese were about the best of it. Whilst in the hide I heard a loud ‘plop’ and watched a water vole swim … Continue reading Wayward chicks
Today 29th Dec 2016, at Denton res., I refound the nasal-tagged tufted duck that I saw here on 10th Dec 2013. It was the same bird, marked A4j, tagged in France in 2009 and seen several times at Rutland and … Continue reading Tagged Tufty
Each year I make a list of birds seen in my home county of Lincolshire. With so many other things to do involving birding, like twitching national rarities, local patching and days out to places like Spurn and Norfolk, the list was … Continue reading My big Lincs yearlist attempt.
Picked up BW for our regular Monday trip, we stayed around mid-Lincs, what with the days being so short. Actually clocked up just under the 100 miles for a change. We didn’t find anything outrageous, a marsh harrier was the … Continue reading Duck and Gull search
Yesterdays target was an Iceland gull that had been dropping in, intermittently at Manby flashes, near Louth. Armed with lots of coffee and food, I sat in the hide and waited. It came in at 2:45pm, drank and rested, before … Continue reading Iceland gull
The diver that has been at Covenham res since Tuesday, and initially considered to be a black-throated, has been re-identified as a red-throated. This was what is sometimes termed an ‘educational bird’, it certainly did look very black-throated-ish in some … Continue reading Tricky Diver.