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.

Alkborough Flats

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. We followed it's movements for a while before it vanished into the trees. Immediately after, we spotted a hovering kestrel very close. We managed to get some film and a few photos, before it sat down in a tree after a few unsuccessful hunting attempts.

Sparrowhawk
Hovering Kestrel
The first day was a good one for birds of prey, but for the second we were going to head for the main area of the flats, and have a look at the waders.

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