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Nocton Fen

A Brief Encounter with Birds


A foray on to the east side of Lincoln for a couple of hours brought more birds than could have been expected
Starting at Bardney Bridge and taking the minor road to Wasps Nest and Nocton Fen the resident Peregrine was atop the chimney at the beet factory surveying its next meal , a couple of weeks earlier it had been interacting with a Buzzard which had strayed onto its patch . 

Reed Buntings aplenty on some game cover ( sunflowers and millet ) , a mixed flock of tits in the hedgerow and a little further along a flock of Chaffinches with a couple of Bramblings mixed in . Then an astonishing sight of 250 - 300 linnets all in one flock feeding on an overwintering stubble . 
Looking left and towards the Witham Bank 300 + Greylags and a group of 44 Mute Swans with a group of 77 Whooper Swans a little further over all of which were feeding on Oilseed Rape. As I stood watching a couple of Snipe came up out of the Dyke .
Moving down the Fen, Red Legged and Grey Partridge were seen along with a couple of Buzzards feeding on the ground I presume on worms . with the Chatter of a mixed flock of Fieldfares and Redwings moving off the field for cover into the trees . At the Wasp Nest end there were a large flock of Black Headed Gulls but accompanying them were 100 ish Lapwings with about 30 Golden Plover for company .
As I moved further inland a mass of Rooks and Jackdaws were feeding on an open grassy field which looked like it was under some kind of stewardship plan . finally stopping off at the corner of the local wood where a feeding station had been set up it was well used by Blue, Great , Coal and Marsh Tit with the occasional visit by the local Nuthatch .
It was an altogether great mornings Birdwatching with about 30 species seen in total without working too hard to find them .