Thursday, 26 April 2018

Cleethorpes Holiday

(21:46 I think the unid warber  is a Whitethroat).

Day 1: Tues 25th April 2018.

A poor weather forecast saw us head off to Cleethorpes for a recce to see if the resort is suitable for a break with Emma & Abigail during the summer holidays.

We arrived late afternoon coinciding with the rain.
We stayed on the Cleethorpes Showground Caravan Site, very central.

The requirements for Emma are disabled access to the beach with a loo nearby and some 2p slot machines.
Abigail's requirements are Donkeys, Paddling Pool, Playground, Sand and Sea, trinket shops and somewhere to scooter or cycle.
All the above were well catered for!

A late stroll in the rain to the Pier and back was rewarded with 'many' 20+ Barnacle Geese feeding on the park lawns!

Greylags were here also, 2 had extremely Orange bills, but the photo does not reflect this.

Most waders on the beach were too distant to ID with confidence but, Turnstone, Oystercatcher and Redshank were definitely present.

Still pouring down at 20:30.


Day 2: Tues Wednesday 25th April 2018

A very,very poor weather forecast failed to materialise!

It was mainly sunny and a bit breezy, but an excellent day really, instead of the 'heavy rain and strong winds all day' predicted by the weatherman on the local forecast.

A good stroll up the beach side path / cycle track past Buck Beck and up to RSPB Tetney Marshes, where, unfortunately Sue lost an eye cup from her bins.

We did not have time to look around Tetney Marshes, just a quick glance before returning to look at some shops in town.

Looks like Tetney Marshes will be a investigated at a later date!


Bird of the day was Brent Goose.

A good few were mega distant , on a sandbank 'out to sea' or estuary.

One Brent Goose actually came within camera distance, a real beautiful bird.

An Unid warbler(?) that refused to pose for the camera, keeping it's back to me, was a tad frustrating. The song was similar to a truncated Dunnock's song, but I did not recognise it.

I'll have to see if there is a good App. for my Smartphone that will play the birdsong without a lot of faf.
I find the RSPB site a little difficult to negotiate at times.

Little Egret, Redshank, Linnet, Ringed Plover 20+, Dunlin, Barnacle Goose with a very white coloured sp. a Hybrid?

Cormorant, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Coot.
Oystercatcher, LARGE Lesser Black-backed Gulls – looked much like Great Black-backed but Yellow legs were diagnostic. Turnstone.

And a few other sp. no doubt!

Day 1:

Day 2:

UNID Warbler(?)

Cropped - not a lot better.

?? Brent Geese ??

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