Saturday, April 10, 2010

Easter 2010 - Good Friday

A prompt departure on Thursday evening got us to our hotel, the Kenwick Park Best Western (a very nice spot and very good value), in good time and enabled us to make a prompt start on Friday. I'm not sure if that was worth it though, the day was grey, overcast, cold and with a wind whipping across the marshes...

We decided to start our holiday at Tetney Marshes, a Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust reserve. It's a nice spot but I suspect suited to better weather. We decided at the start of our holiday to use a checklist to record our sightings, just as we did on a similar holiday two years ago (best viewed by clicking the bottom link of the Previous Posts section and repeating until you find the 'not a Spring holiday' series of posts).

We started this holiday therefore with a few miserable looking Oystercatchers, the odd Reed Bunting:



and Meadow Pipits:



There really wasn't much about. From Tetney we headed to Covenham reservoir and picked-up Redshank:



as well as some of the more frequently occurring ducks. We did at least see two Swallows, which is always a good sign. The first 'birds of summer' on April 2nd! They must have been wondering what had happened while they were away...

We also visited Whisbey Park Nature Reserve, another LWT reserve, which was a really nice spot, though again very quiet, the birds there including mostly Chiffchaffs and over-wintering birds. It is a very accessible reserve but also has some remoter/quieter bits, so definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.

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