Its worth a visit
Alkington Flatts North Lincolnshires a brief visit.
While on my weekly foray in to Lincolnshire i found time to visit Alkington Flatts Nature Reserve this morning.
It was very refreshing to get out of the car in the car park and hear a Cuckoo calling its head off from a large Oak tree bordering the reserve.The bird was calling non stop for about 30 minutes before taking flight Northwards in the direction of Blacktoft Sands reserve just across the Humber.
I have never heard so many Cettis Warblers singing from the large hide on the Eastern end of the reserve to the main car park I counted at least 24 singing males.Similary Sedge Warblers seemed to be in every few yards of the southern end of the reserve with 23 singing birds and 18 singing Reed Warblers.
Its a shame that lincolnshire Council are still keeping all the viewing hides closed making the usual Bearded Tit viewing experiences impossible at the moment.One hopes that it wont be too long before all the hides become accessible.
A female Marsh harrier was quartering the southern reed bed most of the morning joined for about 15 minutes by a Common Buzzard which hovered overhead whenever the Marsh Harrier descended into the reeds.
There was 5 Spoonbills on the marsh at the Northern end of the reserve along with 8 Shellduck,14 Grey Lag Geese and 6 Avocet.
Small passerines where rather short in supply(with the exception of the Acrocephalus Warblers though I did cout 17 Male and 8 female Reed Buntings.Also there 4 parties of Linnets totaling 28 birds.
A Bittern continualy booning at the Northern end of the Reserve took flight and flew Westwards giving excellent views.
There was 18 Little Egrets on the Reserve at 10:30 this morning and Water Rails could be heard at 3 locations.