I parked in the usual spot at the top of Carr Lane and planned to walk down to the Ancholme as i do on most visits.
First goodie was a Merlin watched travelling at a rate of knots up over the village onto the wold top.It must have seen a prey target,but i couldn't see anything...a nice start.
|Looking towards the village.|
More usual fare was seen after this and included 25 Fieldfare,52 Linnet and the first few of a total of 13 Common Buzzard seen during the visit.
After reaching the railway crossing a mixed flock of Golden Plover and Lapwings gave some nice views in the lovely sun,the Goldies positively shining in the superb light conditions.
I eventually arrived at the river and a nice surprise came in the form a flock of 4 Redhead Goosander as they flew rapidly west towards Brigg,the first i have seen down here for quite a while and were a welcome bonus to the days sightings.
The return leg back towards the car saw more welcome Buzzard sightings and as the light began to go as the sun began to set,a nice flurry of sightings were noted.These included a lovely Barn Owl watched hunting along the banks of the Soak Drain and a good total of 7 Roe Deer watched browsing on the field edges nearby.These were joined by a stunning Fox watched crossing one of the fields and a single Brown Hare completed the mammal sightings for the day.
So all in all not a bad visit,but it is a shadow of what it used to be down here sadly!.