Thursday, 2 July 2020

Early July 2020

Apologies to our regular readers that we have not been maintaining the Blog over the last few weeks. We will endeavour to resume posting daily news while filling in the gaps after April.

 We appreciate your your patience while the car parks were closed during the C-19 lockdown following advice from the Police and in line with East Lindsey District Council policy for coastal car parks.

 The current situation is as follows:

Car parks and toilets are open. Please follow the spacing and sanitising procedures on site.

The Visitor Centre is open for takeaways only (Wednesday - Sunday, 11am - 4pm).

Hides should not be used. Surfaces would be regularly touched and we would be unable to maintain the standards expected for C-19. Attempts to lock or secure hides have resulted in damage and misuse.

Further details can be found here: https:/www.lincstrust.org.uk/coronavirus


Sunday, 21 June 2020

Late June 2020

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Mid June 2020

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Early June 2020

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Late May 2020

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Mid May 3020

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Early May 2020


May 10th. A day of strong winds and no observer coverage.
 The only records received were of a feeding flock of 6 House Martin and 20 Swallow around the West Dunes sycamore plot and a second calendar year female Peregrine around.

May 9th. Heading south were 2 Swift, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 2 Buzzard, 8 Yellow Wagtail and an Alba Wagtail. Birds around included 82 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, an Eider, a Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Cuckoo, 900 Oystercatcher, 90 Grey Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, 14 Turnstone, 3000 Knot, 1800 Sanderling, 2000 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Kittiwake, a Little Gull, 22 Little Tern, a Peregrine, 19 Jay, a Redwing, a Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Wheatear. 


Little Tern, 9th May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward
Ringed Plover, on nest scrape, 9th May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward
May 8th. A vocal Temminck’s Stint flew around the Shorebird Sanctuary and presumably headed off south. Birds around included 59 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, an Eider, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Cuckoo, 180 Ringed Plover, 7 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, a Mediterranean Gull, a Buzzard, 24 Jay,  a Garden Warbler, 22 Little Tern, a Firecrest, a Redstart,  and a Spotted Flycatcher. Heading south were 3 Yellow Wagtail.

Knot, 8th May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Sanderling, 8th May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Double Rainbow, 8th May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward


Sunset, 8th May 2020.
Photos - Ben Ward


May 7th. A Black Kite arrived from the north, possibly from the sea, mid-morning and toured the reserve seemingly in no hurry to depart, it eventually drifted off to the south-west. Heading south were a Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, 15 Buzzard, 22 Jay, 5 Yellow Wagtail, a Blue-headed Wagtail, an Alba Wagtail and 2 Siskin. Birds around included an Eider, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Cuckoo, 110 Grey Plover, 270 Ringed Plover, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Turnstone, 900 Sanderling, 1000 Dunlin, a Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank, 18 Little Tern, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrine, 11 Jay, a Firecrest, 2 Treecreeper and a Redwing.    


Black Kite, 7th May 2020.
Photos - Kev Wilson

Little Tern, Sanderling and Dunlin, 7th May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward 


May 6th. Heading south were a Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 3 Sand Martin and 2 Yellow Wagtail; in from the sea came a Grey Heron. Birds around included a Grey Partridge, 70 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, an Eider, 5 Cuckoo, 680 Oystercatcher, 90 Grey Plover, 270 Ringed Plover, 6 Whimbrel, 20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 90 Knot, 14 Turnstone, 1400 Sanderling, 900 Dunlin, 600 Knot, a Greenshank, a Mediterranean Gull,  a Peregrine, 3 Jay, 3 Redwing, a Pied Flycatcher, a Black Redstart, a Redstart and 4 Wheatear. 

Redstart, 6th May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward 

Eider, 6th May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Sunrise, 6th May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward
May 5th. Birds around an Eider, a Cuckoo, 800 Oystercatcher, 90 Grey Plover, 318 Ringed Plover, 5 Whimbrel, 6 Turnstone, 400 Sanderling, 900 Dunlin, a Greenshank, 21 Little Tern, a Mediterranean Gull, a Merlin, a Hobby, 2 Jay. Heading south were 2 Yellow Wagtail. Heading north was a Red-throated Diver.

Small Copper, 5th May 2020.
Photo - Sarah Hunter
May 4th. Birds around included a Cuckoo, 700 Oystercatcher, 216 Ringed Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 13 Turnstone, 118 Sanderling, 114 Dunlin, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, a male Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine and 2 Wheatear.

Sanderling, 4th May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Redshank nest, 4th May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward
May 3rd. Birds around included 4 Cuckoo, 287 Ringed Plover, 12 Whimbrel, 896 Dunlin, a Snipe, 4 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 124 Common Gull, a Peregrine, a Grasshopper Warbler and 6 Wheatear. Heading south were a Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard and 3 Yellow Wagtail.


Ringed Plover, 3rd May 2020.
Photos - Ben Ward
May 2nd. The second summer male Montagu’s Harrier was seen again in the morning from the Wash Viewpoint. Birds around included 83 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Cuckoo, a Snipe, 3 Spotted Redshank, a Marsh Harrier, a Merlin, a Peregrine, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Black Redstart, and Greenland Wheatear.

May 1st. The second summer male Montagu’s Harrier was again out from the wash viewpoint sporadically throughout the day. 2 Osprey arrived midday with one bird heading south and another fishing off-shore briefly before departing to the north. A Black Throated Diver was on the sea in the morning. Heading south were 3 Spoonbill, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 200 Sandwich Tern, 3 Sparrowhawk, 5 Marsh Harrier, 9 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Hooded Crow and 14 Yellow Wagtail. Birds around included 3 Cuckoo, 2 Peregrine, 40 Jay, a Black Redstart, 10 Wheatear and a Tree Sparrow.

Wheatear 1st May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward






Monday, 1 June 2020

Late April 2020

April 30th. A second-summer Montagu's Harrier was discovered south-west of the reserve. Around were a Cuckoo, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, a Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine, 60 Jay, a Firecrest, a Black Redstart, a Redstart, 4 Wheatear, a Tree Pipit and a Brambling.

Montagu's Harrier, 30th April 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward
April 29th. A mobile Serin frequented the west side of the reserve during the day. A Dotterel flew south over Sykes Farm late evening. Birds around included an Eider, 4 Cuckoo, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, a Great White Egret, a Marsh Harrier, a Green Woodpecker, a Redwing, a Black Redstart, a Wheatear and 3 Yellow Wagtails.

April 28th. Around were a Black Redstart and a Wheatear.

April 27th. A Red-rumped Swallow was discovered over Croftmarsh mid morning. Heading south were a Swift, 2 Red Kite, 4 Buzzard, 19 Swallow, 11 House Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Alba Wagtail; and north 2 Whimbrel, a Spotted Redshank, 8 Greenshank, 120 Sandwich Tern and 6 Arctic Tern. Birds around included 4 Cuckoo, 2 Ruff, a Spotted Redshank, a Mediterranean Gull, 3 Great White Egret, 60 Jay, a Garden Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 9 Redwing, a Whinchat, 11 Wheatear, a female Blue-headed Wagtail, 6 Yellow Wagtail and a Brambling.

Whinchat, 27th April 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
Female Blue-headed Wagtail, 27th April 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
Brambling, 27th April 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
April 26th. Going south were 2 Swift, a Greenshank, 5 Marsh Harrier, 4 Buzzard, a Hobby, a Woodlark, 5 Sand Martin, 37 Swallow, a House Martin, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Alba Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, 7 Linnet and 25 Goldfinch. Around were 5 Cuckoo, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, a Spoonbill, a Short-eared Owl, a Firecrest, 3 Redwing, 4 Wheatear and 2 Branbling.

April 25th. A Wood Warbler was in West Dunes Sycamore Plot. A Woodlark flew south in the morning. Birds around included a Cuckoo, a Whimbrel, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, a Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, a Spoonbill, a male Hen Harrier, a Short-eared Owl, 24 Jay, a Garden Warbler, 3 Tree Pipit, a Brambling and a Siskin.

Tree Pipit, 25th April 2020. 
Photo - Sarah Hunter
Wood Warbler, 25th April 2020.
Photo - Sarah Hunter 
Brambling, 25h April 2020.
Photo - Sarah Hunter
Oystercatcher roost, 25 April 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
April 24th. Around were a Cuckoo, 2 Whimbrel, a Grenshank, 90 Jay, 2 Cetti's Warbler, a Short-eared Owl, 2 Common Tern, a Little Gull, 3 Redwing, a Wheatear and a Brambling.

Whitethroat, 24th April 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward
Jays over, 24th April 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
April 23rd. Birds around included 3 Cuckoo, 60 Jay, 6 Snipe, a Peregrine, a Cetti;s Warbler, a Wheatear and a Tree Pipit.

Curlew, 23rd April 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward
April 22nd. Around were 2 Cuckoo, a Common Sandpiper, a Jack Snipe, 2 Green Woodpecker, a Peregrine, 60 Jay, 2 Cetti's Warbler and a Grasshopper Warbler.

Ground Ivy, 22nd April 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
April 21st. Strong north-easterly wind.
 Birds around included 70 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Cuckoo, a Whimbrel, a Green Woodpecker, a Peregrine, a Ring Ouzel, a Fieldfare, 2 Wheatear and 2 Yellow Wagtail.

Mid April 2020

April 20th. Strong north-easterly wind.
 Heading north were 2 Little Tern, 3 Sandwich Tern and 17 Arctic Tern. Birds around included 4 Cuckoo, a Whimbrel, a Spotted Redshank, a Marsh Harrier, a Green Woodpecker, 19 Jay and a Redwing.

April 19th. Strong north-easterly wind.
 Around were 2 Cuckoo, 3 Whimbrel, a Greenshank, a Marsh Harrier, a Merlin, 39 Jay, a Bearded Tit, a Garden Warbler and 2 Cetti's Warbler.

April 18th. Strong easterly wind.
 Going south were 100 Sandwich Tern, an Arctic Tern and a Fulmar. Birds around included a Ruff, a Greenshank, a Cuckoo, a Jay, 2 Yellow Wagtail, a Tree Pipit and a Bullfinch.

Tree Pipit, 18th April 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
Tree Pipit, 18th April 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
April 17th. In the afternoon 2 Common Crane flew south-west. Around were a Cuckoo, a Green Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 2 Reed Warbler and a Siskin.

April 16th. Birds around included 81 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Cuckoo, 168 Ringed Plover, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 17 Jay, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, a Ring Ouzel, a Fieldfare, a Wheatear, a Siskin and a Corn Bunting.

April 15th. In the morning 2 Raven headed south, and a Rough-legged Buzzard frequented Seacroft Golf Course before heading north-west inland. Heading south were 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, a Hooded Crow and a Woodlark. Around were 97 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Cuckoo, 17 Jack Snipe, a Mediterranean Gull, a Marsh Harrier, a Kingfisher and a Woodlark.
 5 Jack Snipe were flushed out of a small area of dune slack whilst checking the Highland Ponies, This prompted a wider search of adjacent slack and saltmarsh that remained partially flooded after the recent tides. The total of 17 seen was exceptional, although it is not known whether this could be typical spring passage of this secretive species. Also, 25 Snipe were seen during the search.

Hooded Crow, 15th April 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
Woodlark, 15th April 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
Jack Snipe, 15th April 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
Jack Snipe, 15th April 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
April 14th. Birds around included a Light-bellied Brent Goose, 136 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Great Crested Grebe, a Whimbrel, a Woodcock, a Snipe, a Mediterranean Gull, 9 Jay, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Goldcrest, a Ring Ouzel, a Fieldfare, a Black Redstart, 2 Bullfinch and 3 Siskin. Going south were a Marsh Harrier and a Red Kite.

Ring Ouzel, 14th April 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
Ring Ouzel, 14th April 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
Fieldfare, 14th April 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
April 13th. Strong north-easterly wind.
 A mobile Serin was discovered in the Plantation, and a Black Redstart was out from Mill Hill.

April 12th. Around were a Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, a Little Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gulll, 52 Jay, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, a Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, a Ring Ouzel and a Siskin.

April 11th. Flying south were a Goshawk, 16 Sparrowhawk, 9 Marsh Harrier, a Red Kite, 18 Buzzard, 6 Kestrel, a Peregrine, 75 Jay, a Red-rumped Swallow, 3 Yellow Wagtail, a Brambling and a Serin. Birds around included a Jack Snipe, 2 Mediterranean Gull, a Great White Egret, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Firecrest, a Ring Ouzel, 2 Redwing, a Black Redsttart, 8 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, a Brambling and a Siskin.

Yellow Wagtail, 11th April 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Speckled Wood, 11th April 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Early April 2020

April 10th. Flying south were 13 Jay. Birds around included 2 Jay, a Ring Ouzel, 2 Redwing, 2 Wheatear and a Water Pipit.

Wheatear, 10th April 2020.
Photo - Kev Wilson
Wader roost, 10th April 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
April 9th. Moderately strong north-easterly wind.
 A male White-spotted Bluethroat was discovered at the north end of the reserve and remained into the afternoon. Around were 2 Mediterranean Gull, a Great White Egret, a Cetti's Warbler, a Firecrest and 4 Wheatear. Heading south were 2 Grey Heron and a Red Kite.


Bluethroat, 9th April 2020.
Photos - Rebecca Hardwick

Bluethroat, 9th April 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Bluethroat, 9th April 2020.
Videos - Kev Wilson

April 8th. Going south were a Red Kite, a Buzzard, a Jay, 2 House Sparrow, a Yellow Wagtail and a Siskin; and north 3 Whimbrel. Birds around included 2 Mediterranean Gull, a Great White Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler, a Whitethroat, 2 Firecrest, 2 Wheatear, a Siskin and a Corn Bunting.

April 7th. Around were a Mediterranean Gull, a Great White Egret, a Jay, a Firecrest, 10 Redwing, 2 Siskin and 2 Corn Bunting. Heading south were 2 Marsh Harrier.

April 6th. Going south were a Whimbrel, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow and a Woodlark. Birds around included 2 Little Ringed Plover, a Sandwich Tern, a Great White Egret, a Barn Owl, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Firecrest, a Ring Ouzel and 13 Water Pipit.

Great White Egret, 6th April 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound
Great White Egret, 6th April 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound
Ring Ouzel, 6th April 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
April 5th. Flying south were 3 Stock Dove, 2 Grey Heron, a Buzzard, a Rook, 5 Swallow, a Brambling and 2 Crossbill. Around were 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Snipe, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Green Woodpecker, a Merlin, a Peregrine, 3 Jay, 3 Cetti's Warbler, a Stonechat, a Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail, a Brambling and 2 Siskin.

April 4th. Heading south were 3 Marsh Harrier, a Red Kite and 4 Buzzard. Birds around included 2 Woodcock, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, a male Hen Harrier, a Peregrine, 3 Jay, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 25 Redwing, a Water Pipit and 2 Siskin.

April 3rd. Going south were a Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Red Kite, a Buzzard, 88 Fieldfare and 2 Siskin. Around were 2 Grey Partridge, a Woodcock, a Barn Owl, a Cetti's Warbler, a Goldcrest, 8 Redwing, 35 Water Pipit and 3 Stonechat.

Water Pipits, 3rd April 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
April 2nd. Birds around included a Spotted Redshank, a Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 20 Fieldfare, 510 Redwing and Tree Sparrow. Flying south were a Marsh Harrier, a Buzzard and 78 Redwing.

April 1st. Birds around included a Spoonbill, 20 Little Egret, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Redwing and 19 Water Pipit. Heading south were a Spoonbill, a Great White Egret, a Marsh Harrier, 25 Starling, 29 Chaffinch and 2 Siskin.