Sunday, 28 September 2014

Week 2: The Best of the Rest

On Tuesday we crossed the Humber Bridge and travelled to Alkborough Flats.  We were overwhelmed by the numbers of Bearded Tits, which kept us entertained all morning.  Everyone could identify the class by the end of the session.  We also saw footprints of the Otter, saw plenty of waders from the hide including Black-tailed Godwits, Avocets, Redshank, Snipe, and some very smart Ruff.  The other highlights were a very smart Stonechat and a female Whinchat, Jays on the hillside.

Wednesday has already been described.

Male Bearded Tit
 At least 7 Bearded Tits
 A Pair of Bearded Tits
 Female Bearded Tit
 Male Stonechat
 Otter tracks
 Small Tortoiseshell
The Thursday forecast was for stronger winds than Wednesday, plus some morning rain, so I changed from our most exposed location to the regular standby of N Cave Wetlands.  As it turned out neither the wind or the rain materialised, so we could have gone ahead with Paull after all.

The morning group recorded 44 species with the highlights being Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Creat Crested and Little Grebes, Skylark, Heron (a site rarity), a single Snipe, and a Goldcrest.  Ducks seen include: Friday unmentionables, plus Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Teal and Gadwall.

I hadn't been since July, so the big changes for me were the new toilet block, and the amazing growth of vegetation, plus the amazing differences of depth of the various ongoing excavations.
Comma (& Red Admiral)
 Great Crested Grebes
 Green Sandpipers
 Green Sandpipers
 Green Sandpiper
 Little Grebes
 Red Admiral
 Female House Sparrow
 Male House Sparrow
 Record Shot of Goldcrest
On Friday we went to Far Ings where the best birds were a Water Rail and a Willow Tit.  There were plenty of Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters, and in one sheltered area at least 11 Comma butterflies.  
Long-tailed Tit
 Common Darter
 Migrant Hawker
 Spindle fruit
 Water Rail
 Migrant Hawker
 Willow Tit
 Another Big Bird

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