Saturday, 27 August 2011

Alkborough Flats 27-8-11

When Andy Sharp offered a lift to Alkborough we jumped at the chance with Spoonbill being the target bird another county and year tick for me.
Within seconds of getting out of the car a Hobby came across chasing the Martins high up and stayed in view for a few minutes and a female Kestrel hunting nearby a great start,with the rain coming down we rushed to the hide with plenty of Shelduck,Avocet & Black-tailed Godwit in front,looking around in a more detailed search we picked up a few Bar-tailed Godwit,Green Sandpiper & Greenshank.
With a break in the rain 9 Ringed Plover came in and 3 Knot and Mandy spotted a Marsh Harrier Hunting the Reed Bed on the far side,a few Little Egret dotted about and 4 Ruff on the far edge of the Reeds which I was scanning when Andy said hold on with a slight pause and said Spoonbill heading towards us in the distance which came and landed to the left of the hide great views but only managed a record shot of it coming in.
A great hour spent at this reserve and only my second time here.


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