Monthly Archives: September 2012

24-29 September

The Bar-tailed Godwit Roy and I had on Swinemoor on Sunday was found by Stuart North on Friday. Steve Webb had 4 Ruff, 2 Barwits, Dunlin, 250 Lapwing, 25 Wigeon, 15 Teal and 6 Snipe on Tuesday.

The Bittern at Tophill Low NR was photograph again on Wednesday from North Marsh Hide.

Been out little during the week. Went to High Eske NR on Wednesday hoping, with all the eastern migrants on the coast, for Whinchat or Spotted Flycatcher at least but if anything less about than usual and nothing on Leven Carrs. Had a walk with the dog around fields in Cottingham on Friday again hoping for migrants but saw none. Still my long weekend so 3 full days birding with luck.

29/9 Went to Hornsea Mere with Roy and Martin Saturday. Nothing of interest reported there since the Little Gulls left. Help Roy cut back some of the Willows obscuring the view from the hide.

Roy at work. Subsequent shots withheld for ‘elf’ and safetly reasons.

Had quick look at Bewholme, where again there were no waders, then went to Atwick. No sign of any migrants near the church and nothing much over the sea.
Had a look at Swinemoor, where Martin and Roy had seen nothing yesterday but had more luck today with a Ruff and 2 Dunlin with the large Lapwing flock.

30/9 Off to Welton Waters now. Hopefully see something!

Also had the trap out less as I’ve had early starts at work most of the week. Numbers have been low but did have Angle Shades on Tuesday. Had a Grey Dagger caterpillar on Wednesday, originally seen by my brother on Sunday.

Friday night produced the 1st Red-green Carpet for the year.

Saturday produced a 1st with Acleris sparsana.

Also another variety of Common Marbled Carpet.


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Orange Sallow, Copper Underwing and Pectoral Sandpiper.

17/9 Back up to High Eske on Monday afterrnoon. Both Wood Sandpipers still on Leven Carrs and a Greenshank. Common Sandpiper on the nature reserve.

18/9 Again at High Eske Tuesday afternoon. At least some sign of migrants with a distant Wheatear in ploughed fields at High Eske farm and a mixed flock of Lesser Redpoll and Goldfinch in willows in the northeast corner of the nature reserve. Also a Marsh Harrier flew south. On Leven Carrs only one Wood Sandpiper and a Snipe.

An earlier Northern Wheatear on the pump-house on 7/9.

20/9 A Pectoral Sandpiper originally found by Steve Webb was on Swinemoor Thursday afternoon, probably present since the previous evening. However seen Pec Sand there before but needed it for High Eske area [in fact seen Pec Sand on all my regular sites except there and Bewholme Hall pond] so headed to High Eske late afternoon. Disappointingly very quiet with only  a few Snipe and Teal on Leven Carrs although did have an adult Hobby for the first time in over a week. Water level very high at the nature reserve so little hope of waders there. At least I could do Swinemoor at my leisure. However on the way it started raining so I had to decide to just have a quick look from Weel Road or risk a soaking and walk the bank from Hull Bridge. Took the heroes route as I didn’t think it would last. Torrential for most of my walk to the wader pools but did get several Yellow Wagtails and Meadow Pipit on the way. Think I made the right decision as the rain did ease eventually and the few yards closer to the birds were useful in the bad light to study the Pectoral Sandpiper and the interesting Dunlin it was with. A tricky bird which could easily be mistaken for a 2nd Pec. Also a good number of duck including several Shoveler and Wigeon.

21/9 No sign of the Pec Sand on Swinemoor Friday but a Black-tailed Godwit in the evening.

Went to Kilnsea with Roy this morning, more a social trip than in great expectation as we were meeting friends. However although nothing great [should have gone Saturday] was a change and did have a few interesting birds.  Several Med Gulls including 6 at Sammy’s Point where we also had a Whimbrel and 2 Northern Wheatears.

Had my 1st visit to Kilnsea Wetlands which looks good but hope I never have to queue to see a mega from that tiny hide! Had a couple of short sea-watches and saw good numbers of Gannet, Red-throated Diver, Common Scoter and Guillemots moving but missed any skuas and the Sabine’s Gull. Finally had a look in Crown & Anchor car park and had a Pied Flycatcher briefly. Would have been a better bird if hadn’t been for the Flamborough Flycatcher and that 2 of my friends were visiting from Wales and therefore rather blase.

A Bittern at Tophill Low NR seen from North Marsh Hide mid week but Martin Lonsdale didn’t see it today.

22/9 High Eske again Saturday afternoon. Nothing on the Leven Carrs  ‘scrape’ but had a Green Sandpiper in a dry area and adult Hobby again.

At the nature reserve had a few Lesser Redpolls again by the northern outlet. Wigeon had increased to 25. Had 4 Kingfishers chasing each other around the pit but just missed photographing one near the southern outlet. Also had a bit of surprise whilst ‘scoping the duck when a large bird with white wings flew through my field of view which turn out be a Black Swan.

There are have been several sightings of Black Swans in the “valley”, with a pair regular at Hornsea Mere, which have bred although probably not successfully in the past, and others that have turn up a Tophill Low NR, High Eske NR and Welton Waters [as well as North Cave Wetland] with at least 6 present  summer 2010.

23/9 Roy and I started at Paull Holme Strays Sunday morning. Nothing special but good numbers of waders with counts of Turnstone 22, Bar-tailed Godwit 30, Golden Plover 5500, Redshank  77, Ringed Plover 60,  Dunlin  179, Knot 2 and  just one Lapwing. Paul Martin had 5 Ruff from the hide.

Waders, mainly Golden Plover over Humber from Paull Holme Strays.

Wildfowl counts of  Mallard 68, Greylag Goose 240, Shelduck  105, Wigeon  2,  Shoveler 4 and Teal  23.

Also at least 2 Little Egrets.

More interesting was an adult Guillemot off the “fisherman’s carpark” and 6 juvenile Gannet flying east {a few seen from the south bank on Saturday].

With the abundance of migrant on the east coast headed to Atwick churchyard then Far Grange but nothing doing.

The Emperor Goose-like hybrid at Far Grange.

Having failed with that had a try for sea birds. Couldn’t get out of the wind at Atwick so ended up sitting in the car at Ulrome. However still difficult and failed to turn up a good Sabine’s Gull. Getting difficult sea-watching in the “valley” so may have to find somewhere just outside.

Did Swinemoor on the way back and were rewarded with a Bar-tailed Godwit. Not a common bird here maybe a first but will have to check up on this.

The Bittern at Tophill Low NR was seen much of the day from North Marsh Hide again.

Moths have been in single figures all week with only a Silver y Sunday morning. However still still managed 2 new garden records with Orange Sallow on Tuesday

and Copper Underwing on Friday.

Also a small influx of Garden Carpet early in the week.

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Wading back in?

Been pretty quiet at High Eske NR/Leven Carrs since the Spotted Redshank [28/8-1/9]

The only interest being the lingering Hobbies.

However this Friday there was a fresh influx of waders on Leven Carrs scrape with 2 Wood Sands, 2 Green Sands, 3 Greenshank and 30+Snipe as well as 60+Teal. Also early signs of winter at High Eske NR  with 2 Wigeon new in [13 on Watton NR Thursday].

Both Wood Sands were seen by Steve Webb on Saturday morning.

Steve Webb had a Little Egret on Swinemoor Thursday and Friday but I’ve seen nothing there since the Black-tailed Godwit  on 27/8. With Grovehill bridge closed all month will only now visit if things start to hot up. Nothing reported there Sunday.

Went to Tophill Low NR with Roy Sunday afternoon. Despite the level being dropped on South Marsh East the only waders were Greenshank and Redshank, the later amazingly the better bird this autumn. Had 4 female Pintail on Watton. Roy picked out an adult Mediterranean Gull on D res as well as a likely adult MediterraneanXBlack-headed Gull hybrid.

On the moth front numbers and variety decreasing with autumn setting in, with Lesser and Large Yellow Underwings predominating but also a few noteworthy catches including regular Garden Rose Tortrix, which was new one for me on 7/9,

Common Marbled Carpets

and Setaceous Hebrew Character.


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