Wild Swans and Brent Geese at Kilnsea

9 Feb

The first winter Black Brant was reported still at Kilnsea by RBA as we were just finishing counting the waders over high tide at Paull Holme Strays. As ML needed it and we were it was only c20mls away thought it worth a try.

Entering Kilnsea could see a few swans below Long Bank. Stopped and picked out 3 Bewick’s Swan and at least 5 Whoopers [8 seen earlier] among the Mute Swans.

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Bewick’s Swans

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Whooper Swan

Continue into the village but couldn’t see the Brent Geese flock. Went to the north end of Long Bank and started walking south. Saw c200 Brent Geese circling then appearing to drop near Kilnsea Wetlands NR. Headed back to the car. If we’d looked at the sea we might have seen a Grey Phalarope flying north. No sign of any geese from the road or on the Wetlands so continued to the top of Long Bank where we found the flock opposite the listening disk. As there was only a 1/3 of the Brents present in the area it was no surprise that the Black Brant wasn’t among them.

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Dark-bellied Brent Geese

Anyway the wild swans and Dark-bellied Brent Geese were a year tick and ML has many weeks yet for another chance with the Brant.

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