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.
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.