Sunday 10 December 2023
Sunday 5 November 2023
When this bird first arrived, it fed along the Welland, towards Crowland but once the lower banks of the Welland flooded a few weeks ago, it started feeding on the reserve. The Welland is once again in flood and was very obliging in the morning sun.
Thursday 26 October 2023
One of the highlights of the trip and my fourth American thrush this side of the Atlantic.
Monday 23 October 2023
Walked to the Spurn Point with Hugh Wright on Thursday. In the morning, there was plenty of Thurshes and Brambling piling in off the sea and we had a Black Redstart Ring Ouzel among other common migrants on the 'mainland'.
On the walk down it was clear there were more Thrushes, Goldcrests and Robins down towards the Point and we had a cracking male Black Redstart as well as another female/1st winter type. A Short-eared Owl fresh in and a Merlin ploughing a migrant Song Thrush into a wire fence (and to it's death!) kept things interesting until we found this Yellow-browed Warbler.
It was a very obliging, fearless bird and even stopped and preened in front of me at one point. Although perhaps not the rarest bird, it felt like a great reward among the mass of common migrants which included other scarcer migrants such as Barred Warbler and Mealy Redpoll.
Wednesday 18 October 2023
Josh Jones relocated it near Crowland Water tower and it attracted a steady stream of admirers. Just the third record for Deeping Lakes (fly through in December 2020 and the first, a long stayer, in December 2013/January 2014).
Sunday 15 October 2023
Quite a crowd gathered by the time they got to us. We were afforded wonderful views as they approached. They then suddenly all dived and appeared beyond the point we were all gathered on. We left them to continue round the headland, completely thrilled with experiencing such a fantastic encounter with one of my favourite animals.