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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