Reports, with Bird Lists, of our Meetings, Walks and Outings

Gibraltar Point NNR 2017
Weekend away

Date: Friday 6 October 2017 07:00 to Monday 09 October 2017 18:00

Details:

We all left from various parts of the country for the annual visit. Some went direct, some went to RSPB Frampton Marshes and saw waders and raptors and some just met up for lunch at Freiston.

Those who stopped for lunch then went on to RSPB Freiston Shore where they saw tree sparrows, goldfinches and house sparrows. There were plenty of ducks about but very few waders.

We all met up for the Friday evening meal at the hotel.

On Saturday after breakfast, we made our way down to Gibraltar Point. Splitting up into small groups, some went to the coast and others went to the hides. The group that went to the coast saw large flocks of knots (totalling about 35,000 - 40,000 birds) and also whooper swans, common scoter, velvet scoter, gannets and in the distance, a merlin and the usual gulls.

Lunch was taken at the Gibraltar Point cafe and while there we saw stonechats. After lunch we went round the wood but it was very windy and we did not see much.

Later on we went to the hides where we saw greenshanks, avocets and small flocks of dunlins. Last year we saw redwings, fieldfares and ring ouzels, but not this year.

We returned to the hotel when it rained later in the afternoon.

On Sunday six people left the group and one joined. The reconstituted group went back to Gibraltar Point where it was less windy. As we walked round we saw whinchat and a Mandarin duck. An assistant warden said that a yellow-browed warbler had been seen near the ringing station, so we headed that way. Luck was on our side as most of us saw it, if only briefly.

Some saw a pied flycatcher on the way back to their car, others had good views of a kingfisher and of a short-eared owl.

Monday morning we all left the hotel, some went back to Gibraltar Point and the rest went to Frampton where we saw curlew sandpiper, sanderling, dunlin and little stint.

The total number of species seen at Gibraltar Point was 97 which is about average. There were 40 species seen at Freiston Shore and 59 at Frampton. A grand total of 107 species was seen which was good for a three day trip.

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Sightings over the weekend

Gibraltar Point weekend 6/10 - 9/10
Freist. Frampt. Gib.Pt
  6th-7th 6th-7th, 9th 6th-8th
  Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
Mute Swan  
Whooper Swan
Pink-footed Goose
Greylag Goose    
Canada Goose  
Barnacle Goose  
Brent Goose  
Shelduck
Mandarin Duck    
Wigeon
Gadwall    
Teal
Mallard  
Pintail  
Shoveler
Pochard  
Tufted Duck    
Common Scoter    
Velvet Scoter    
Pheasant  
Gannet    
Cormorant
Little Egret
Great White Egret    
Grey Heron
Little Grebe
Marsh Harrier
Hen Harrier    
Buzzard
Water Rail  
Moorhen
Coot  
Avocet    
Oyster­catcher  
Golden Plover    
Grey Plover  
Lapwing
Ringed Plover  
Curlew
Black-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit    
Knot  
Ruff  
Curlew Sandpiper    
Sanderling    
Dunlin  
Little Stint    
Green Sandpiper    
Spotted Redshank  
Greenshank    
Redshank  
Snipe  
Black-headed Gull
Common Gull    
Lesser Black-backed Gull    
Herring Gull  
Great Black-backed Gull    
Feral Pigeon  
Stock Dove    
Wood Pigeon
Collared Dove  
Short-eared Owl  
Kingfisher    
Green Woodpecker    
Great Spotted Woodpecker    
Kestrel
Merlin    
Hobby    
Peregrine Falcon    
Magpie  
Jay    
Jackdaw  
Rook    
Carrion Crow  
Goldcrest  
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Skylark  
Swallow    
House Martin    
Cetti's Warbler     H
Long-tailed Tit    
Yellow-browed Warbler    
Chiffchaff    
Blackcap    
Wren  
Starling
Blackbird  
Song Thrush    
Redwing    
Mistle Thrush    
Robin
Pied Flycatcher    
Whinchat    
Stonechat    
Dunnock  
House Sparrow
Tree Sparrow  
White Wagtail    
Pied Wagtail  
Meadow Pipit
Chaffinch  
Greenfinch    
Linnet
Twite  
Goldfinch
Reed Bunting  
Total for visits to this site 40 59 97
       
Total Species seen over the weekend 107    
       
Other wildlife      
Hare    
Roe Deer    
Muntjac Deer    
Grey Squirrel    
Stoat    
Weasel    
Rabbit    
Mouse    
Seal    
Dragonfly    
Peacock Butterfly    
Large White    
Red Admiral Butterfly    
 
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Gibraltar Point
Tennyson's Sands, part of Gibraltar Point NNR

Join us for our annual long-weekend away at Gibraltar Point. On Friday, we travel independently to our hotel. Many of us visit RSPB Frampton Marsh in the morning, have lunch at the Castle pub Freiston around 1pm, then pass the afternoon at RSPB Freiston Shore.

As the sky darkens, we head to the Crown Hotel in time to check-in and freshen-up before our evening meal around 6pm.

On Saturday and Sunday we have full cooked breakfast at 8am and multi-course evening meal at 6pm. During the day we are free to wander as we please, enjoying the nature reserve in small groups.

Habitats at the NNR include saltmarsh, beach (with seawatching), sand dunes, lagoons and ponds, grassland and woodland. A bird observatory allows bird ringers to be seen in action and to tell us what birds are around the reserve. Most paths are level and well surfaced but can be muddy. We visit in autumn as the area is a migration hot-spot.

In the evenings we congregate in the hotel bar to discuss the day and for drinks, coffees and even hot chocolate.

Monday sees us going our separate ways after breakfast. During the whole long-weekend, we expect to note around 100 species.

Crown Hotel at dawn

Our hotel is The Crown Hotel, Drummond Road, Skegness PE25 3AB, which is just north of the golf course, 2.5 miles from the main reserve car park. All rooms are non-smoking, have en-suite facilities, Freeview TV, telephone, hairdrier and tea/coffee making facilities. Free wi-fi in public areas. There is ample parking at the hotel. Meals are served in our private dining room. If you fancy a walk before breakfast, the hotel is a 250 yard walk from the North Sea salt marsh; you might watch a flock of Knot as the sun rises.

The facilities at Gibraltar Point NNR were destroyed by the floods of December 2013. The new visitor centre with rooftop viewing deck and café has now opened. Parking at the NNR is £3 per day. Car park is at PE24 4SU. OS TF556580 Lat/Long 53.0972, 0.3226

The hotel cost will be £70.00 per night for a single room, £100 per night for a twin room. Price includes accommodation, breakfast and evening meal. Payable on arrival. If you would prefer a shorter stay, this is possible for the same daily rate. Packed lunches are available at £5 extra per day.

To reserve a place, contact Brian Reeve (01628 680810). Please do not hesitate to contact Brian if you want to discuss this trip.

Click here to see information about the reserve

Map of Gibraltar Point nature reserve