Tuesday, 26 April 2011

April 25th 2011

Early morning arrival at Tetney Lock, Lincolnshire after seeing 3 Barn Owl on route the 4 male and 2 female Dotterel showed well in field left of the second wooden gate. It’s been ages since I last saw one so thoroughly enjoyed getting some sketches and another bird I don’t often see was a nearby Tawny Pipit that was still east of the lock gates on the grass bank and showing occasionally.
Moved on to the RSPB Reserve at Frampton where there were 3 male Garganey, 10 Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank, Wood Sandpiper and 2 Grasshopper Warbler. Also seen were Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Marsh Harrier, Avocet, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit,
Little Ringed Plover, Greenshank, Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail. Good number of warblers and Corn Bunting. I added Cuckoo and Red Kite on the way home to the day list.
Met up with April and Bob late afternoon for more moth photography and the shed did a stunning pass in the evening. First sighted over the Atlantic approaching Ireland as a faint orange blob it brightened as I tracked it out of view over the Ukraine. Dennis and Mark reported seeing it well locally while I received e-mails from folk in the counties of Dorset, Oxford, Derby, Kent and Middlesex all chuffed at seeing it well.


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