As today was a bank holiday with forecasts of 21 degrees and upwards, it seemed like the ideal time to get out for a bit of birding.
First stop was Deeping Lakes to see the Summer Plumage Red-necked Grebe found this morning. An absolute beauty but unfortunately my rudimentary setup of Iphone and scope does not do it justice!
Summer Plumage Red-necked Grebe – an absolute beauty.
It was nice to hear at least 5 sedge warbler darting around the reed bed reeling their scratchy songs. Shortly after I’d finished looking at the grebe, a message came onto the WhatsApp group to alert me, 6 black tern had shown up at Baston Langtoft Gravel Pits (BLGP).
The birds were immediately visible on arrival darting back and forth up the pits. Eventually 4 came to settle on one of the wader islands and allowed me to take a rubbish record shot.
Black Tern – Circled are the birds I wanted and the tern in the middle is a resting Common Tern.
Also a lovely sight was the flock of 24 Little Gull sat up on the Pit giving stunning views through the scope.
Another record shot – this time of Little Gull, identified by their solid black hoods.
A second visit to DL in the afternoon gave further views of the RNG but little else in addition. I decided to head down the high bank to look for whinchat and any other migrants. Nothing much of note but still good numbers of Yellow Wagtail at gull farm. Including what looks like a flava race bird, though I can’t be sure.
Yellow wagtail – possible Flava race? White supercilium and white throat.
A decent days birding with some lovely year list additions!