Saturday, March 05, 2005

Kirkby on Bain area


Today I sampled the delights of birding around the Kirkby on Bain area in Lincolnshire. My guide was Kevin Du Rose, who famously found the Sociable Plover there, back in 1993, and the White-billed Diver.

We would really like to have seen the White-tailed Eagle which flew west there last Sunday (seen later in South Yorkshire), but of course it was no longer around. Nothing of great significance at the pits themselves, though we did see a female Sparrowhawk flying off with a Redshank in its talons!

This lone male Woodlark (above) sang for a couple of minutes before the rain put him off and he flew off... Was also good to see a pair of Willow Tits in the birch woodland at the same site... definitely useful to see and hear them again, in case any pop up around Peterborough (extremely unlikely, though...).

Dropped in at Boston tip on the way back, though the weather (which had been pretty terrible, on and off all day) finally took a turn for the worse and it started sleeting.

It was good to leave the PBC area - more on that later, perhaps...

photo taken with Nikon Coolpix 995 + Leica Apo Televid 62 with 16x eyepiece