Thursday, March 23, 2017

Glaucous Gull, Alkborough



Decided to walk to the bottom of Alkborough Flats after seeing the cattle egret. The wind was eye watering !  Not disappointed as Karen spotted a 'big white-winged gull' flying over Trent Falls. Refound it after a massive cargo boat had passed, flying east, a fabulous glaucous gull. 

Cattle Egret, Alkborough Flats


Little egret with the cattle egret 







A first for Alkborough and another excellent find by Neil Drinkall. The cattle egret was in the horse paddocks with little egrets, quite distant, and best viewed from the footpath along the hillside near the riding school. 

A couple from yesterday


A bittern at Blacktoft Sands 



A few roe deer at Alkborough Flats

Friday, March 17, 2017

Red Arrows












We are so very lucky to have the Red Arrows on our doorstep and with clear, blue sky we had to head over to Scampton  to watch them practice. They will soon be headed for Cyprus to complete their training for this season. Will definitely go and watch them again before the season starts. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Chiffchaffs, Messingham Nature Reserve







Lots of chiffchaffs singing today, so good to hear them again

Whooper Swans, Messingham Nature Reserve












These were a total surprise today at Messingham NR. We were hoping for an early sand martin but afraid we were unlucky, but there seemed to be singing chiffchaffs everywhere with a few cetti's joining in the spring song. It was good to see the Lincs Trust have done considerable work at this reserve over the last month, looking good ! 

Adders






The first sunny morning so we headed to a local spot hoping to see adders. 
We were not disappointed with two sunning themselves.