Monday, 7 June 2010

North Killingholme Haven

Spent the day at North Killingholme doing my BBS & WeBs counts. Not the most productive but a few good birds. Started with a flyaway Little Egret on the pits looking to be away ASAP. A funny noise turned out to be a singing (not calling) Water Rail. A second replied from within the reeds. Reed Warblers were back in the reeds where Sedge Warblers were plentiful but not singing. The only singers were in the scrub - I guess late-arrivers getting suboptimal territory. There were no waders on the pits. Pushing round a few fledged Pied Wagtails looked fresh out of the nest and there seemed to be tonnes of Goldfinches. The BBS was quiet with a flock of 35 Linnets the highlight along with confirmed breeding of Song Thrush, Magpie, Blue Tit & Great Tit. The estuary was also quiet as a mouse with a drop in group of 16 winter plumage Bar-tailed Godwits (probably summering 2nd cal year birds) with 2 Knot, 11 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin & 1 sum plum Black-tailed Godwit. These all promptly buggered off when the tide rose further leaving a few Shelduck and Black-heads. Nevermind...

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