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Waxwings and wild Swans.

25/11 Still good numbers of Waxwings in Hull on Sunday:- 60+off Hessle Rd at Witty Street/Flinton street junction with 30+ later at Asda carpark and 6 on Clough Road by the Police Station.

Went to Tophill Low NR with Roy to do D res gull roost. Of interest was a large pale raptor in Decoy Wood originally claimed as a Peregrine than thought a Goshawk until it flew and became a Common Buzzard. The same or an offspring of the Buzzard that’s been causing havoc for a few years. Has also been a Rough-legged Buzzard, Osprey and Hen Harrier so beware.

Mike Coverdale had 4 Bewick’s Swan at Arram.

26/11 Steve Mulligan had 15 Waxwings at Hessle Sainsbury’s on Monday morning. Also one briefly in a Nafferton garden and 30 from a train on Beverley Road, Driffield.

My best bird was a Goldcrest in the back garden.

27/11 4 Waxwings in Nafferton still on Tuesday by Nafferton beck.

Roy and Martin L checked out the 4 Bewick’s and 2 Whooper Swans on Arram Carrs. Difficult going due to flooded fields! Hope to get to see them soon, probably via High Eske NR.

2 Whooper Swans-Arram Carrs-R.Lyon.

2 Bewick’s Swans-Arram Carrs-R.Lyon.

Had a look along Priory Road late afternoon. Another traditional Cottingham Waxwing site.

28/11 Went out with Roy and Martin L this morning. Had a Jay over the A164 north of Skidby. Passing Heron Lakes,Routh, Roy and Martin picked up 3 Waxwings.

One of three Waxwings by Heron Lakes, Routh.

Another Waxwing shot-Heron Lakes-Martin Lonsdale.

Arriving at Barmston had a likely flock of Snow Bunting flying north over the beach but couldn’t relocate them.

Walked to Ulrome.

Sanderling-Barmston beach.

Found nothing but missed a Little Auk off Ulrome. Seabird totals were:- 11 Eider, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 80 Common Scoter, 200 Teal, 15 Great Crested Grebe, Little Auk, Puffin, 8 Guillemot 70 Sanderling, 5 Turnstone, 7 juv.Gannets, 3 Red-throated Diver and a few Wigeon.

Ended the day at the Hornsea Mere hide were we had 13 Great Crested Grebes.

10.Waxwings still in Nafferton this afternoon.

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Angle Shades but little else.

18/11 Mandy James had a Short-eared Owl over Figham Common on Sunday.

19/11 Martin L had 9 Goosander on East Park Lake,Hull on Monday.

20/11 Had the trap out last night and had an Angle Shades.

Angle Shades

Went out with Roy late Tuesday morning. Went through Tickton where 3 Waxwings had been seen earlier. Didn’t look too hard but no sign. Had a look from Hornsea Mere hide then went to Tophill Low NR. Large influx of Pochard on D reservoir since Sunday and Dunlin circled the reservoir. Greater Bittern seen a few time dropping onto South Marsh West in the last 2 weeks. Staked out L-shaped hide so we could do the O reservoir Gull roost as well but were out of luck. 50 Curlew again roosted on South Marsh East [seen earlier on Watton NR]. Other reports were 2 Lesser Redpoll, Brambling and Grey Wagtail from Steve Routledge and a Goshawk along the river from Frank Murray and Jack Thornton.

8 Waxwings in Hessle Aldi car park this morning.

22/11 15 Waxwings on Albion Street (by the junction with Union Street) in Hull late this morning. Also 50+ between Sitwell Street +Church Row.

23/11 Interesting report from Alan Lowe a Brimstone butterfly at Skerne.

24/11 Went to check a regular Waxwing site in Cottingham late afternoon. Heard a Orange-winged Amazon Parrot calling in the St.Mary’s churchyard. Went to try for a picture but it saw me first and flew off and I couldn’t re-find it. Used to be 2 birds but only had 1 for certain recently.

Orange-winged Amazons-St.Mary’s Church,Cottingham. December 2007.

Went to the corner of Northgate and Canongate. Plenty of berries but no birds. However in previous years this has been a late winter site. Unfortunately Dave Tucker is no longer in the house opposite to keep an eye.

Continued my walk north to the fields off Park Lane. Had a Jay flying towards Creykebeck substation. Had Jay in the past off Priory Road but think this was my first in this area.

Holly-edge of KGV rec. Top Woodcock finder.

The Great Spotted Woodpecker nest tree-KGV rec.

From Geoff Dobbs-35 Waxwings at Smith & Nephew Hull

Roy had a Short-eared Owl at Paull Holme Strays. Also 140 Black-tailed Godwit, 37 Bar-tailed Godwit, 38 Ringed Plover, 16000 Golden Plover, 410 Shelduck, 6 Knot, Dunlin, 15 Turnstone and 16 Grey Plover.

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Waxwings again and much more!

9/11 330 Waxwing at in Hull at Hessle road Asda late afternoon.

10/11 Had the trap out for the first time in 2 weeks. Only a Juniper Carpet Saturday morning but will give it another try tonight.

Checked the sea between Barmston and Atwick with Roy and Martin L this afternoon. Roy had 3 Waxwings over Leven bypass on the way to Barmston. Total counts were 21 Red-throated Diver, 24 Great Crested Grebe, 69 Common Scoter. Also a female Goosander off Barmston.

Had a look, with out luck, for geese around Skipsea.

The hybrid goose at Far Grange,Skipsea.

Finished at Hornsea Mere but couldn’t find the drake Smew found this afternoon by “Merebirders”.

300+ Waxwings still in Hull at Hessle road Asda late afternoon. Another 12 flew over Driffield Road. Beverley.

11/11 Went to Hessle Road Asda with John this morning. Had a flock of Waxwings by the entrance to the car park and should have grabbed a few shots out of the window as by the time we’d park up they’d flown and were then very mobile and only managed to get them static long enough to photograph briefly.

Waxwings-Asda Hessle Rd, Hull.

Went for a quick look at Welton Waters.

Watersports pit-Welton Waters-from Common Lane.

Went to North Cave Wetlands where we  quickly managed at least one Jack Snipe from the South Hide.

Jack Snipe-North Cave Wetlands. It can show better!

Went for a quick look at Drewton Manor but only managed a Common Buzzard.

Met up with Roy at Paull Holme Strays this afternoon.

Paull Holme Strays from riverbank.

Highlights were a female Peregrine scattering the waders regularly then finally catching a wader which amazingly not only escaped it talons but even appeared to fly away unharmed, 3 Short-eared Owls and a Dark-bellied Brent Goose. Also 11000 Golden Plover, 28 Ringed Plover, 80 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 32 Knot, 21 Sanderling, 4 Turnstone, 120 Shelduck, 9 Grey Plover and 2 Little Egrets.

12/11 Went to Tophill Low NR with Roy on Monday morning. 15 Waxwings on Sunday but not seen by the regulars and no sign today. Had 5 Siskin by the Lagoons. 2 Little Egrets roosting on Watton NR. 2 Barn Owl showed well over North Scrub. Kingfisher performed well over the nearest pool on Hempholme  Meadows but a bit distant for good pictures.

Kingfisher-Hempholme Meadows.

Agonopterix heracliana on South Marsh East “back-to-back” hide.

Good numbers of thrushes with 400 Redwing and 600 Fieldfare.

The reason South Lagoon hide was closed over summer!

Did the gull roost on D reservoir then ran to count the gulls on O reservoir at dusk.Total counts were:- Black-headed Gull 14000, Common Gull 12800, Great Black-backed Gull 1700, Herring Gull  490 and a Lesser Black-backed Gull. Apologies to the lady who was passed by 2 mad men running around the reserve in the dark! I had a quick look at South Marsh East where at least 50 Curlew were roosting. Several Tawny Owls calling in the car park as we were leaving.
13/11 Went to High Eske on Tuesday afternoon. Wildfowl numbers seemed down on the nature reserve. Walked to Leven Carrs and checked Arram Carrs on the way but no Whoopers Swans yet.

The new wind-farm NE of High Eske.

Had a Common Buzzard over Leven Carrs then a female Peregrine zoomed in from the east crossing the floodbank at close range then scattering the corvids on Arram Carrs. As usual didn’t have the camera ready. Staked out the reserve until well dark but no Little Egrets or anything else came in.

17/11 Went to Welton Waters Saturday afternoon. Very little wildfowl but had some “brown” tits which actually called.

Marsh Tit-Welton Waters.

Timed it so I finished at the airfield near dusk but had no Short-eared Owls.

Brough airfield marsh at dusk from the river bank.

18/11 Went to Tophill Low NR with Roy on Sunday morning. A fairly quiet day but up to 4 Willow Tits in D woods and 2 Marsh Tits calling. The Jays seem to have moved on.

Willow Tit at D woods feeders.

Waxwings Many were seen in the HVWG area last week. In Hull the numbers at Hessle Road Asda declined but a large flock appears on Park Street and a few along Holderness Road. Nearby a decent flock was a Hessle Sainbury’s but weren’t around for Eric Clubley. A large flock seen much of the week in Sigglethorne and nearby another smaller flock in Hornsea on Hull Road. However on Sunday the only report was 3 in Skirlaugh. Have they moved on or did everyone “fill their boots” last weekend?

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7/11 Reports of Twite at Atwick from RBA on Wednesday.

39 Bar-tailed Godwit, From Roy:- 9 Ringed Plover, 9 Turnstone, 200+ Dunlin, 6 Grey Plover, 2 Knot, 340 Shelduck, 17000 Golden Plovers at Paull Holme Strays.
At Tophill Low NR:   Bittern (Sth Marsh West in to roost). Also Goosander, Eurasian White-fronted Goose, 65 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 400+ Redwing, several Fieldfare.

8/11 Phoned by Steve Mulligan, just as I got in from work on Thursday, regarding a flock of Waxwings in Asda car park on Hessle Road, Hull. Got there with in the hour. Although initially gone missing reappeared shortly and joined Steve filling my camera memory card.

The bulk of the Waxwings, Asda, Hessle rd, Hull. Including another small flock nearby there are 125+ birds.

and now for the close up!

Also 18 Waxwings in Kirk Ella on Kerry Drive early afternoon but Steve failed to relocated them.

From Michael Flowers “15 Whooper Swans flew S thro Tophill Low this am following River Hull. Fem Goosander at Hempholme Lock, Lesser Redpoll & Siskin nr N Lagoon & a Kingfisher at N Lagoon.


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Twite a good week.

1/11 After feeling off earlier in the week finally got going on Thursday. Admittedly was hard going, first with the colder weather had to find the zip-in lining for my jacket, which took a while then when I was just about to set off the rain came down. Torrential, but only lasted a few minutes and fortunately was the only rain of day. At High Eske NR 7 Goldeneye had joined the resident bird, the other change was the arrival of good numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare. Had a Barn Owl to the south and another to the north over Leven Carrs. Whilst watching the 2nd bird a male Hen Harrier flew by then disappeared in the long grass. Thought it might have gone to roost but eventually emerged and showed well but slowly drifted east before going out of view in the fading light.

2/11 Went to Barmston with Roy and Martin Friday morning. On arrival had a female Red-breasted Merganser flying low over the breakers and briefly alighting but otherwise very little on/over the sea. Dropped off at Ulrome and walked back to Barmston but only rewarded was a few Meadow Pipits. Went to Hornsea North Cliff boat club and walked to Atwick. Was looking dead but found 5 Twite on the cliff face just before Cliff Top  caravan park. Although mobile finally settled long enough for all 3 of  us to fill a camera memory card each.


Ended the day at Hornsea Mere.

3/11 Did Swinemoor from Weel Rd Saturday afternoon. Hadn’t been for a few week and it was the wettest I’ve seen it in a long time. Had a few hundred Lapwing and Golden Plover but only other wader I could find was a Dunlin.

At High Eske checked Leven Carrs for birds of prey. Nothing doing but had a Little Egret south along the river. At dusk had 3 more egrets flying in from the south. Unfortunately they appeared to go to roost out of sight at the north end, probably by the “turtle pool”. In previous winters they have roosted in sight at the south end where it’s easy to count them.

High Eske NR at dusk.

4/11 Went back to Swinemoor with John on Sunday morning. In addition to the plovers and lapwing had 2 Redshank and a Ruff, as well as a few hundred Wigeon.

Partially frozen Swinemoor from Weel Rd.

Went to the Hornsea Mere hide then Tophill Low NR. 5 Crossbills had been seen in car park earlier. Walked through D woods and heard but didn’t see 2 Jays. Also no sign of Willow Tits on the feeders. Martin H and Doug had flushed a Jack Snipe while on a fungi forage on Saturday. Had a quick look from the hide but nothing doing. However John and Mary Morley and Alan Marshall claimed a Green Sandpiper later. Staked out North Marsh Hide and managed to see a Jay flying across the river. Also a mobile flock of Lesser Redpoll. Finished the day doing the gulls on D res with Martin H. Predictably he found a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull.

1st winter Mediterranean Gull on D res.

Jess Stokes had 5 Little Egrets flying south, presumably to roost at High Eske NR. Mike Coverdale had seen 6 flying towards Tophill Low NR on Saturday.

5/11 12 Waxwings in Hull at the junction of Shannon Rd/Douglas rd early Monday afternoon. Went to check them out with Roy mid afternoon but no sign. Went to East Park and had 6 Goosander viewable from the feeding area.

East Park Lake from feeding area.

Black-headed Gulls-East Park feeding area.

Goosander-East Park Lake.

6/11 8 Waxwings in  Hull on Greenwood Avenue on Tuesday morning and many more seen around the country today. With luck I’ll drop on a few at work soon.

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