End week of “British Birding Time”.

23/10 Headed to Atwick Tuesday afternoon in the hope of migrants. Started at the church but seemed quiet so went to the coast and walked south. Thick fog so couldn’t see anything on the sea. Large flocks of Redwing and Fieldfare on the cliff face but couldn’t pick out any Ring Ouzels. Interesting find of two Corn Buntings in the set-aside near Hornsea North Cliff Boat club. Checked the bushes nearby which have in the past been productive for chats but nothing except for 2 Reed Buntings. Flock of Goldcrest by the slipway but, apart from an interestingly dark Chiffchaff that didn’t hang around to be scrutinised, nothing else. Walked back along the beach but added nothing to the list.

The rapidly eroding Atwick cliffs in the mist.
Went to High Eske late afternoon. No sign of the Smew {Richard Jennings saw it on Sunday as well as a Lesser Redpoll] but other wildfowl was well up with 240 Wigeon, 6 Pochard and 30 Teal. Also a Pinkfoot with the Greylags but this may be one of the birds that hang around all year, however walking back to the farm in the dark I heard a flock moving south. Also a saw at least one Barn Owl.

24/10 Wednesday had a walk around the Dunswell Road area of Cottingham and had my first inland Redwings in Millennium Wood, as well as the regular Bullfinches.

Did Welton Waters this afternoon. Water Rail calling in the reeds in the southeast corner of the watersports pit. Also 28 Tufted Duck which kept spooking for no apparent reason. Eventually found the reason when I saw an Otter surfacing. Watched it on and off for a few minutes but too distant to bother photographing.

Had 2 brown tits along Common Lane. Didn’t call so as both Marsh and Willow occur left them as that although in the old days would have said Willow. Are we making it too hard for ourselves?

Walking back a man with a dog reported 2 owls on the airfield. Light almost gone but gave it some time and finally saw a Short-eared Owl.
26/10 Went to Paull Holme Stray with Roy, Martin and Pete Scott on Friday morning to check out a probable Olive-backed Pipit seen by Micheal Flowers on Thursday. No sign but had good number of winter thrushes moving west. Also had 2 Swallows over the “fisherman’s carpark”.

A late Common Darter found by Martin Lonsdale at Paull Holme Strays.

Went to Hornsea Mere where a Ring Ouzel had been seen. Checked the usual sites in the southern fields but no sign.

Some of the regular wintering Barnacle Geese at Hornsea Mere. Of unknown origin but have included a Spitzbergen ringed bird.
Ended the day doing a sea watch on Hornsea front. No sign any Little Auks but did have a good number of Red-throated Diver moving as well as 4 Common Scoter, Wigeon and a large flock of Teal. Picked up a Short-eared Owl coming in over the sea that hopefully made landfall somewhere to the south.
28/10 Went to Barmston with John on Sunday morning. Weather much better and actually managed to sit out on the clifftop. The aim was Little Auks and didn’t have to wait long to get one flying north over the breakers. Had another 10 but they were further out. Also Black-throated Diver, 10+ Red-throated Diver, 30 Common Scoter, 11 Goldeneye, 5 Eider, a few Wigeon and a large flock of Teal sat on.

Went to Hornsea Mere early afternoon and found a female-type Scaup.
Met up Roy at Tophill Low NR. Walked down to Watton NR for a Eurasian White-fronted Goose then checked out D res for 2 female-type Scaup.

Eurasian White-fronted Goose-Watton NR-Roy Lyon.

Female-type Scaup on D res-Roy Lyon.

Checked the gulls but only a few Lesser-backed Gulls and the sort of Herring Gulls that get Martin Hodges excited. Left before nightfall but nothing from Martin so didn’t miss anything.

29/10 Didn’t get out today but Roy got to Barmston but only managed 1 Little Auk, which although still in good number off Northumberland  were sparse further south. Also had a good number of Common Scoter, an Eider, Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, and Black-throated Diver.

30/10 Couldn’t get out Tuesday but 4+ Waxwings were in Beverley on Lincoln Way which might drag me out tomorrow afternoon. Another 3 briefly at Sigglethorne opposite Spring Garden Centre. Promising to be a good winter after the small number last winter.

Now I’m back at work and the evenings are dark it’s going to be difficult getting out much on works days but I’ll do my best!

Had the trap out again but only 3 moths with Common Marbled Carpet and Garden Rose Tortrix on 23/10 and Juniper Carpet on 25/10, which was new for the garden.

Garden Rose Tortrix.

Juniper Carpet.

Drew a blank on 26/10. May try again on milder nights.

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One response to “End week of “British Birding Time”.

  1. An interesting summary Erich 🙂 I might have a quick look for the Waxwings on Lincoln Way in the morning and as you say it looks like being a much better year for these handsome winter visitors.

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