Saturday, 24 September 2011

South Ferriby 24-9-11

We decided on a nice walk today as the weather favourable, I also needed a break from packing and cleaning in readiness for my trip to Hungary next week! After taking a short bus ride we set off from South Ferriby and walked the Viking Way back to Barton on Humber. We sat in the sunshine for a few mins with a coffee out of the flask and watched our first Pink Footed Geese of the autumn which had gathered on the sandbanks of the Humber at low tide. Magical to see and hear these lovely little geese :) A few Wigeon flew up and down the river and c150 Avocet were also present.
Continuing our walk we didnt really see much else, the hedgerows and fields were very quiet. A couple of Comma butterflies and Migrant Hawker dragonflies were on the wing. Arriving eventually at Chowder Ness we rested a while with a coffee and a couple of biscuits, but again very quiet there. A Snipe was watched weaving about in the rocky areas, a few Shelduck fed on the muddy areas and a few Golden Plover were seen too. A solitary Oystercatcher put in a appearance too. We left Chowder Ness and walked down the Humber bank picking up a Bar Tailed Godwit hanging out with 3 Redshank near to the old cement works. Reaching the Far Ings NNR visitor centre we had a cold drink then headed back through Barton Reed Bed and made our way home. A nice walk with picturesque scenery :)
Chowder Ness

Distant shot of Pinks
Tomorrow we have to be up bright and early, we have a dawn to dusk bird race tomorrow at Far Ings, beginning at 7am. Will need to set the alarm!

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