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Alkborough Flats - Day 2

After a successful first day in terms of birds of prey, we were hoping for good things on the second day. The main area has always been abundant, and we were hoping for some good sightings of Alkborough's waders. We took a route that would lead us past the main reeds and lead to the main hide.

As we walked, we spotted a distant marsh harrier and a kestrel. We didn't see much more until we reached the hide itself, except for an egret or two. When we stepped in, we saw what was on the flats. There were about 1,000 Golden Plover, 10 Shelduck, 12 Shoveler, 15 Teal, and numerous other waders. There were also 3 Marsh Harriers over the back of the scrape. 

Then, all of a sudden, all of the birds in the area darted up and flew. Over 1,000 birds all flying at the same time. It was incredible. You could hear the beating of their wings as they flew in front of the hide. There was a Peregrine in the area! Unfortunately, the falcon didn't show itself.

Whilst we had been distracted by the …

Alkborough Flats - Day 1

Over the last weekend, we were up in Alkborough, and we made a few visits to the abundant flats whilst we were there. The flats have developed a lot since we first visited them, and their had been some very promising sightings in the month before. For example, in September there had been over 150 Bearded Tits recorded, thousands of Golden Plover, numerous Avocets and many, many birds of prey, particularly Marsh Harriers and Sparrowhawks as well as Peregrines and a possible Montagu's Harrier.

We set off in high spirits, hoping for some good sightings. We decided to leave the main area for the next day, so we headed for an elevated hide on the outskirts of the flats, which would give us a good view over the area.
When we arrived we spotted around three buzzards circling above a patch of woodland, aggravating the crows in the area. Then from the other direction, a flock of pigeons rose up from the trees, and flew off, scattering. We then saw a dark shape in amongst them. A Sparrowhawk.…