Trip Report for Whisby and Langford Lowfields – 19th May 22

This was a very enjoyable excursion led again by Steve Slack. The weather was fine when we convened at Whisby Nature Park, an excellent site of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust not least because of the fine café and facilities on arrival. Thirteen people arrived to enjoy what proved to be a fruitful day’s birding.

Target species is Nightingale but unfortunately this species has been declining at this site of late and 2022 saw no arrivals for the first time. Nonetheless, in a sunny walk around the reserve we enjoyed exceptionally good views of a singing Garden Warbler, so often heard but not seen. The warblers were all in good voice including Blackcap. Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler and Common and Lesser Whitethroats. We already had a species count of 36 before leaving Whisby, but the best was yet in store.

Moving on to RSPB Langford Lowfields the wetlands and reedbeds were especially rewarding including a memorable session on ‘the Mound’ when two Bitterns circled

One of the two Bitterns circling the party

around us as if showing off, giving stunning views and fine opportunities for the photographers. Here is the group ascending onto the Mound. The Hobbies which are expected at this site gave us the usual exhibition of their prowess in flight. The sight of a passing Kingfisher seemed practically mundane!
Everyone said they had very much enjoyed a memorable day, Species count – 51.

Bill Padley.  Photo thanks to David Griffin

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