Saturday, 21 March 2020

Late March 2020

Please note that Bird Observatory activities have ceased and this Blog will be inactive over the coming weeks.    

Gibraltar Point - car parks, toilets and visitor centre closed until further notice.

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We are reviewing our planned activities and taking sensible steps to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors.

Following the Governments advice we have taken the decision to cancel events and close our visitor centres, car parks and toilets until further notice. This includes Gibraltar Point. We urge everyone to avoid travel and enjoy wildlife locally. 

We will continue to monitor the situation. For a full list of measures we are taking the following Government advice and for updates please see the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust website: htpp://www.lincstrust.org.uk/coronavirus

We would like to thank you for your understanding at this challenging time. Please take care and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we can.

March 23rd. Heading south were a Red Kite, 10 Buzzard, a Kestrel, a Brambling and 9 Siskin. Birds around included 12 Pink-footed Goose, 18 Shelduck, 11 Shoveler, 16 Gadwall, 126 Wigeon, 86 Teal, 22 Tufted Duck, 4 Stock Dove, a Great Crested Grebe, 3 Avocet, 6 Lapwing, a Snipe, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Grey Heron, 8 Little Egret, a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, a Buzzard, a Tawny Owl, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, 4 Kestrel, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 14 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 455 Starling, 11 Redwing, a Stonechat, 2 Pied Wagtail, 52 Water Pipit (to roost on the Old Saltmarsh), 4 Greenfinch, 10 Siskin and a Corn Bunting.
Peacock, 23rd March 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward 
March 22nd. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Avocet and 4 Black-tailed Godwit. Birds around included 70 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 11 Pink-footed Goose, 17 Shelduck, 39 Shoveler, 13 Gadwall, 84 Wigeon, 54 Teal, 34 Tufted Duck, 9 Stock Dove, a Great Crested Grebe, 4 Lapwing, a Jack Snipe, 10 Snipe, a Grey Heron, 9 Little Egret, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, a Tawny Owl, a Short-eared Owl, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 12 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 40 Starling, 12 Redwing, 3 Pied Wagtail, a Water Pipit, a Bullfinch, a Siskin and a Yellowhammer. Heading south were a Buzzard and 3 Siskin.

Red Fox, 22nd March 2020.
Photo - Sarah Hunter
March 21st. Strong easterly wind.
 Heading south were a Red Kite, a White Wagtail and 6 Siskin. On Jackson's Marsh were a Pochard, 10 Stock Dove, a Great Crested Grebe, a Jack Snipe and 5 Snipe; and on Tennyson's Sands were 2 Great Crested Grebe and 18 Avocet. Birds around included 50 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 21 Shelduck, 21 Shoveler, 35 Gadwall, 102 Wigeon, 69 Teal, 45 Tufted Duck, a Snipe, 8 Little Egret, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, a Tawny Owl, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Chiffchaff, a Cetti's Warbler (at the North End), a Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 255 Starling, 5 Redwing, 5 Pied Wagtail, a Water Pipit (over Tennyson's Sands), a Brambling, a Bullfinch, 6 Greenfinch, 22 Goldfinch, a Siskin and a Corn Bunting.

Snipe, 21st March 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward