Trip reports

Visit to LWT Gibraltar Point

male stonechat perched on bramble

Sunday, 21 October 2012

How can only one of thirty three birdwatchers see just the hawfinch? This is what bird watching is all about. On another day you'd maybe see the lot!

We arrived at the Visitor Centre in good time although there was much fog and mist in the Trent valley, via Grantham Services which was a new stop-over for us.

First point of call was New Saltmarsh beyond the Bird Observatory for high tide and we were rewarded with four sandwich tern and drake eider. Brent goose, little egret,
redshank, oystercatcher and turnstone were also seen. En route many skylark were seen and heard passing over and a stonechat perched in good view.

Lunch at Greenshank Creek was a bit chilly with only a couple of bar-tailed godwit and some distant great black-backed gull for company.

From Mill Hill a number of blackbird were devouring the berry crop along with a pair of redwing.

The Mere produced an obliging grey plover which produced a photo opportunity for some of the group and Tennyson's Sands had black-tailed godwit and the dabbling ducks.

The Wash Viewpoint was to be a final destination and produced good numbers of brent goose, curlew and grey plover. Then Liz arrived with news of the hawfinch in the Plantation. By the second gate was the location. We only went to the first gate, you know the rest!

The next day there were 7 black redstart, 20 ring ouzel, 147 brambling,
2000 redwing, 3000 fieldfare and the snow bunting.

Peter and Lesley Berrill