The first frost of the year, I had to scrape ice from the car windshield before the trip. It was a beautiful sunny morning, with a very light westerly wind. I made a first stop on Kilnsea Wetlands, where the highlight were three drake Pintail sleeping amongst the Greylags, and a Knot. A few Dunlin, Redshank and Lapwing were the only other waders, but there was a flock of Curlew on the field at the other side of the road.
Knot on the wetlands.
A view of the wetlands from the hide.
Group of birds on the spits.
Redshank and Dunlin smiling for the camera.
I move onto the triangle. There were Blackbirds everywhere, on the beach, on the road, and especially gorging on the haws of the hedgerows. Also plenty of Redwing and Robins. A Chiffchaff fed quietly on the willows by the Crown and Anchor. Very little actually migrating though, a group of 60 Pink-footed geese moving south were the most noticeable. Out of the breeze and in sunny areas it was quite mild. A Red Admiral fluttered around a flowering ivy on the church grounds, and I came across 2 darters, one of them too flighty to photograph and plenty of droneflies. The other notable invertebrate was a snail-killing fly,
A ringed blackbird on the beach.
Robin on the caravan site.
It is low tide, and there is quite a lot of activity on the mudflats near the high tide mark, with Redshank, Golden and Grey Plover, Curlew Dunlin and Ringed plover, and a Little Egret feeding on the creeks of the saltmarsh.
A ring of Golden Ploved on the mudflats.
Common Darter near the new visitor centre.
A view of the new visitor centre from the bank.
Around the warren it feels very quiet. I walk toward the breach and see that there was a breach in the early morning tide, with new sand piling over the saltmarsh side.
On the fence posts near the Blue Bell, a lone Stonechat feeds. Overall, 53 bird species on the day trip.
Wall pattern of the Warren Cottage.
Magpie near the breach.
The unimog trail on the breach, looking north.
A snail-killing fly, Sepedon sphegea.
Scarecrow on field.
Pink-footed geese skein.
Great Black-backed gull on the beach.