Thursday, 1 September 2011

Winteringham Haven 1-9-11

Today saw Mandy & myself setting off a few mile from home to a site I have never been before at Winteringham.
On arrival the sun was out  the heat building up set for a nice morning out,we walked down the road to the sailing club onto the Humber Bank with lots of wagtails in the flooded field consisting of Yellow & Pied's,while we sat on the nearby bench for a coffee a pair of Kestrels were hunting with 1 catching a vole as we sat and watched a pair of Marsh Harriers came along the reedbeds.
Continuing our walk to the sluice we noticed a flock of around 100+ Golden Plover in the ploughed field with no Pacific or American amongst them we carried on walking with a few Reed Warblers still hanging around before migrating,Pheasant & Red-legged Partridge in the stubble fields.
We sat at the sluice watching for anything flying past a few Curlew and several flocks of Barnacle Geese came by with up to 50 in total,Yellowhammers also present with a few Linnet and we had watched a female Sparrowhawk along the track.After a coffee and snack break we walked the road way back taking us back through the fields with more Yellow Wagtails and a flock of 50+ Linnet.We also noted a juvenile Marsh Harrier sitting in a field and 3 Common Snipe were flushed by the farmer in his Harvester.
Back near Winteringham we noted a Kestrel mobbing a Sparrowhawk also the Marsh Harriers flushing the Golden Plover which gained height and went off,with the heat haze and heat we set off for The Bay Horse pub for a cold drink but stopped serving food so had to settle for a packet of cheese & onion crisps each.
A great morning birding out.
Yellow Wagtail

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