Trip reports

Field Trip - Far Ings National Nature Reserve

Redshank perched on post

Sunday, 26 November 2017

A dry but cold day greeted us at the visitor centre of this Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust reserve, where the staff kindly opened up early for us, enabling some people to warm up with a hot drink while taking in the view of the reserve and the feeding station, which during the day brought in Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Chaffinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Dunnock, Tree Sparrow, Twite and a party of eight Long-tailed tits. A solitary Willow Tit also showed well.

We all made for the various hides on the reserve as a biting northerly wind blasted the path alongside the Humber to Chowder Ness.

Target Lake was sheltering a few species from the cold wind. Hunkered down were a few Teal, good numbers of Redshank, Mute Swans, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Little Grebe and a pair of splendid Pintail; the male showing particularly well, with his mate taking cover, with her head securely tucked away. On the pathway from the hide, male and female Bullfinch were seen by some.

We continued to Ness Pit hide where a bittern had recently been reported but it proved elusive. Compensation came in the form of a pair of Goldeneye, a Water Rail and an unmistakable Kingfisher, perching very distantly on the far side of the lake. Other waterfowl included Gadwall, Moorhen and Coot with waders seen including Lapwing, Curlew, Dunlin and one Jack Snipe.

Walking along the shrub lined paths between the scrapes and meadows, flocks of mixed thrushes; Fieldfare, Redwing, Song Thrush and large numbers of Blackbird were seen. Goldcrest, Coal Tit and flocks of Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Siskin were also seen. A good number of Greylag Geese at the far side of the pool in front of the Visitor Centre were joined by Tufted Duck and a Heron. A few Cormorant were resting on floating pontoons and, across the road from here, on Blow Wells pits, good numbers of Wigeon could be viewed from the public footpath. Birds of prey seen by members of the group were Sparrowhawk and Marsh Harrier.

Back at the centre, the Group met up ready for departure, with a hot drink inside us we chatted about the day, the cobwebs well and truly blown away and we agreed that winter was truly on its way.

30 people attended
59 bird species seen