When the levee [nearly] broke.

29/11 4 Bewick’s and 2 Whoopers Swan still on Arram Carrs on Thursday.

30/11 4 Bewick’s and 6+Whoopers Swan reported on Arram Carrs on Friday. Roy and Martin L had 20 Goosanders on East Park Lake,Hull. Also amazing sightings of Otters at Tophill Low NR.

1/12 Stuart Griffiths had c50 Waxwings in Beverley at North Bar Within in the tall trees in St Mary’s Manor Saturday afternoon.

Robert Jaques reports only seeing Whooper Swans on Arram Carrs today plus a Black Swan.

2/12 Went out with Roy and John on Sunday morning. Went through Beverley but no sign of the Waxwings on North Bar Within.

Checked Hornsea Mere and the sea at Barmston but little doing, although c50 Snow Buntings were just out of our area at Fraisthorpe. Headed to Tophill Low NR this afternoon. Checked a previous swan and goose site on North Frodingham Carr. Plenty of water but as with the other “flashes” on the way to Tophill Low NR only gulls present. Had a good flock of plovers along the “approach road” with c70 each of Golden Plover and Lapwing then several hundred Fieldfare and Redwing.
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Hare-Tophill Low NR approach rd.

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Redwing-Tophill Low NR approach rd.

DSCN4438Fieldfare along Tophill Low NR approach Rd.

A Waxwing had been seen early afternoon along Barmston Drain by John and Mary Morley and Alan Marshall. Also Jay again in D woods seen by Keith Rotherham. Walked north but no sign of the Waxwing. Haven’t been to the reserve since the deluge but still a lot of water about.

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Hempholme Meadows now under water.

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Swans swim where owls once hunted.

Check the Tophill Low NR blog for Richard’s account of the rising water levels last week. Also Wold Ranger for more shots at Wilfholme. Did the gull roost but numbers were low. No reports from the south end but much of it likely to be frozen as was North Marsh. Compared with this time last year thing are very quiet on the reserve. So far no Smew or white-winged gull, although last year was exceptional for the latter. However the forecast for more cold weather may improve things.

30+Waxwings on Nafferton at Westgate Gardens/Cherry Drive early afternoon.

3/12 7 Waxwings on Nafferton at Cherry Drive on Monday morning.

4/12 Velvet Scoter and 2 Common Scoter at west end of Hornsea Mere Tuesday morning. 2 Waxwings Woodmansey along Hull Road near Plaxton Bridge Road early afternoon.

Checked the regular Waxwing site in Cottingham on Northgate this afternoon then the fields on the corner of Dunswell Road/New Village Road. Had a Green Woodpecker flying towards gardens on New Village Road.

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fields off Dunswell Rd,Cottingham-looking toward Orchard Park flats.

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Fields off Dunswell Rd,Cottingham-looking towards Northmoor La.

Had few Green Woodpecker in the village over the years including one two years ago in nearby Millennium Wood and an occasional sighting over the years in fields off Priory Road but yet it’s a rare bird in the area without a healthy population nearby from which to move. I’m told there is a pair at Haltemprice cemetery but not I’ve not checked them out.

5/12 2 Waxwings still in Nafferton on Wednesday morning and 15 in Hull at Preston Road/Marfleet Lane junction this afternoon.

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