Alkborough Flats

3 Aug

2/8/16 After yesterday’s excursion [see here] had a late start on Tuesday and didn’t get out until mid afternoon. Again over the bridge but this time only as far as Alkborough Flats. The aim was Spoonbill, having missed them there and at Blacktoft Sands RSPB early this year. A bit windy on the road to the bridge but was due south so wasn’t a problem crossing. In Alkborough went to Julian’s Bower where you can get a panoramic view of the Flats.

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Julian’s Bower maze-Alkborough

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Alkborough Flats from Julian’s Bower

I’ll let the information board explain what this place is.

DSCN2004 Anyway the Spoonbills were visible and noticing there was a short footpath directly to the Flats decided to lock up and walk down.

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Spoonbills on Alkborough Flats distantly from Julian’s Bower

Had a Snout moth along the path down, the first I’ve managed to photograph this year.

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Snout moth-Alkborough

Reaching the low level hide all 14 Spoonbills were on views but asleep.

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All 14 Spoonbills at Alkborough Flats

Also a similar number of Little Egret. Among the larger number of Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank and Avocet were a Spotted Redshank and 7 Ruff.

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Spotted Redshank with Black-tailed Godwit-Alkborough Flats

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Male Ruff with Redshank-Alkborough Flats

The Spoonbills did eventually put on a show when a few started playing with a probable reed rhizome.

DSCN2037Also had a Kingfisher flew by. Moving to the tower hide added Greenshank, Green Sandpiper and Water Rail.

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Water rail-Alkborough Flats

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Greenshank-Alkborough Flats

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3 Responses to “Alkborough Flats”

  1. Alan Whitehead August 3, 2016 at 6:46 pm #

    Great views of the Spoonbills Erich! I saw 12 distantly flying east along the Humber on the Caspian Tern twitch

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