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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