Not getting ‘otter.

7/12 16 Waxwings still Trent Walk, Brough on Friday.

8/12 2 Velvet Scoters and 4 Common Scoter at the east end of Hornsea Mere on Saturday.

c30 Waxwings on  Kingston Road, Willerby.

9/12 Went to Tophill Low NR with John on Sunday morning. Checked D reservoir from the car park hide and had 3 Pintail, including 2 drakes. Roy Vincent had again had goods views of Otter on North Marsh c9am. As John has yet to see Otter we gave it a while but only had a distant Kingfisher.

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Kingfisher-North Marsh.

On leaving had 3 Lesser Redpoll and a Treecreeper but found out later we had missed  Otter again by a few minutes. Did the south end this afternoon. Had 4  Siskin by North Lagoon.

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Siskin by North Lagoon.

As with D reservoir wildfowl numbers were now up to usual winter numbers on O reservoir and Watton NR but no increase yet in quality. Had 30 Curlew on Watton NR which had increased to 68 later {Pete Drury}. Did the gull roost with Martin H and had an adult Yellow-legged Gull. Martin had had a Caspian Gull on Friday [here] and 1st winter Med Gull on Saturday. Also check Martin account of the weekend here. Particularly of interest for fungi fan. Check the Tophill Blog for more on the last week, including an account of the recently accepted 1st Tophill Caspian Gull.

The day started warmer than of late, with no over night frost, but a northerly wind set in early dropping the temperature but clearing the cloud. This wind is forecast to continue for a few days bringing much colder temperatures but now forecast to bring a only a small amount of snow. Warmer wetter weather is expected later in the week.

10 Waxwings again in Nafferton by Nethergate level crossing this afternoon.

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