With some nice light for photography I decided on heading straight to Ness Hide and try for the Bitterns,but with none showing in the channel and only seeing 2 in flight,I then headed for Target hide and try for the Smew with more success which was great and after a chat with Andy Sharpe on the bird group walk on this one pictured below and doing some of my own home work on 1st winter males and then passing a photo onto good friend Dave Hutton and now we have 1 female and 1 first winter male on Far Ings would be nice for the adult Male to come across from the north side of the river Humber now.
3 Pintail 2m & 1f
the usual winter wildfowl
Golden Plover c40
With my friend Jacqui coming over for the day I had to meet up with her on the North side of the Humber which meant a first for me,in the time I have lived in Barton I had never walked the Humber Bridge so it was nice to do this on a nice fresh morning.
With Jacqui arriving we set off back for my house and a hot coffee before showing her around the Historical Town of Barton and then heading off to Worlaby for the Owls,On arriving we pulled up in front of Dave Alan and we had a chat about what was or wasn't showing but with the cold getting to me it was time to jump back in the car after 5 minutes I spotted a female Hen Harrier flying along the railway line a lifer for Jacqui.After a hour had passed we took a drive to the bottom car park and had a walk around the old barn we could see Yellowhammer & Corn Buntings in the tree tops which was good to see,with a quick peek in the barn to see if the Barn Owl was there but no joy,we took a walk down the otherside when a Woodcock flew over our heads a really welcomed surprise.
We could see a pair of Common Buzzard further down the track when a female Marsh Harrier came flying across the field but once again the cold was setting in we headed back for the car.
Other birds noted
Not a bad afternoon's birding had by us both with Jacqui getting a few lifers and myself bagging a couple of yearticks.