Weekday and Weekend Walks, and Weekend Coach Outings

Gibraltar Point NNR 2018
Weekend away

Date: Friday 28 September 2018 07:00 to Monday 01 October 2018 18:00

Details:

We left home on a very nice day for the drive to Lincolnshire for our annual birdwatching weekend to Frampton Marshes, Freiston Shore RSPB and Gibraltar Point.

A few called at Frampton Marshes on the way and saw a flock of about 2,000 black-tailed godwits, a ruddy shelduck and also a long-billed dowitcher, which is a rare vagrant from North America.

Most of the group met up at the Castle Inn at Freiston for a very good lunch. (Two courses for £7.50). We then went to Freiston Shore for the afternoon.

The water level was very low because of the dry summer, but we did see dunlin, twite and snipe. Some saw a common crane in the distance. We saw grey seals in the distance, sunning themselves on the beach. Also seen were pied wagtails, greenfinches, goldfinches, teal and wigeon, but there were very few waders due to the water level.

We then left for the Crown Hotel at Skegness for dinner and drinks.

The next morning, after a hearty breakfast, we made our way down to Gibraltar Point. Some went to the Mere Hide hoping to see the spotted crake; it was seen by some over the course of the weekend. Some went to the wooded area and saw blue tits, great tits, long-tailed tits and a spoonbill flying over. Walking round the other hides things did improve and we saw avocets, black-tailed godwits, greenshanks, curlew, whimbrel, snipe and a moorhen picking berries from a buckthorn bush.

Towards the coast there were small flocks of linnets and goldfinches. After lunch we went sea watching and saw a flock of velvet scoter that flew over us. Later we saw ringed plover on the beach, with curlew and various gulls. At the Lagoon Hide we saw redshank, but no kingfisher for person who had not seen one this year (she should get out more).

After breakfast on the Sunday morning we went back to Gibraltar Point and went right down to the point and saw about 20 grey seals laying in a stream waiting for the tide to wash them back out to sea. While at the point we saw a flock of grey plovers and a very large flock of knots (about 50,000 but I didn’t count them).

After lunch we went back to the hides and saw two spoonbills, two whooper swans flew over the hide and in the distance was a Marsh Harrier.

We all had a good weekend weather wise and the Crown Hotel was excellent.

Monday morning saw us depart home, most visiting Frampton again. Those who stopped off at Paxton Pits saw seven great white egrets and a hornets' nest with plenty of hornets. Others went via Pensthorpe.

We came two weeks earlier this year and with the weather being so warm some of the migrant birds hadn’t yet arrived. We saw a total of 94 species which is only about a dozen down on last year. Next year's dates are later. Friday October 18th 2019 to Monday 21st (three nights, but you can come for fewer.) Details here - contact Brian Reeve if interested.

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Gibraltar Point weekend 28/9 - 1/10
Frampt. Freist. Gib.Pt
  28th-1st 28th 29th-30th
  Sunny Sunny Sunny
Mute Swan
Whooper Swan  
Pink-footed Goose    
Greylag Goose  
Canada Goose  
Brent Goose  
Egyptian Goose    
Ruddy Shelduck    
Shelduck    
Wigeon  
Gadwall    
Teal  
Mallard
Pintail    
Shoveler  
Tufted Duck    
Scaup    
Common Scoter    
Velvet Scoter    
Pheasant  
Cormorant  
Little Egret
Grey Heron    
Spoonbill    
Little Grebe
Marsh Harrier    
Sparrowhawk    
Common Buzzard  
Water Rail    
Spotted Crake    
Moorhen  
Coot  
Crane    
Avocet  
Oystercatcher  
Grey Plover    
Lapwing  
Ringed Plover  
Whimbrel    
Curlew    
Black-tailed Godwit  
Knot  
Ruff    
Sanderling    
Dunlin  
Little Stint    
Spotted Redshank    
Greenshank    
Redshank
Long-billed Dowitcher    
Snipe
Black-headed Gull
Common Gull    
Lesser Black-backed Gull    
Herring Gull  
Great Black-backed Gull    
Feral Pigeon    
Wood Pigeon
Collared Dove    
Turtle Dove    
Kingfisher    
Great Spotted Woodpecker    
Kestrel
Merlin    
Peregrine    
Magpie
Jackdaw
Carrion Crow
Goldcrest    
Blue Tit  
Great Tit    
Coal Tit    
Skylark  
Swallow  
House Martin
Long-tailed Tit    
Wren    
Starling
Blackbird  
Song Thrush    
Robin  
Stonechat  
Dunnock  
House Sparrow
Tree Sparrow    
Pied Wagtail
Meadow Pipit  
Chaffinch    
Greenfinch
Linnet    
Twite  
Goldfinch
Siskin    
Reed Bunting  
       
Total Species seen over the weekend 94    
       
Others      
Stoat    
Weasel    
Rabbit    
Hare    
Roe Deer    
Muntjac Deer    
Fox    
Mouse    
Common Frog    
Seal    
Crab    
Miner Bee    
Bumble Bee    
Dragonfly- blue    
Hawker dragonfly    
Common Darter dragonfly  
Ruddy Darter dragonfly    
Red Admiral butterfly    
Speckled Wood butterfly    
Small White butterfly    
Comma butterfly    
Small Copper butterfly    
Common Blue butterfly    
Fox Moth catapillar    
       
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