15/12 80 Waxwings still Saturday morning in Hull on Anlaby Road. Also 22 in Nafferton on Beech Grove, 5 flew over Woodland Drive in Anlaby and a flock at Long Riston.
16/12 Went to Hornsea Mere with Roy on Sunday morning to meet John. John had had a few Waxwings on the way by the A165 at Skirlaugh. Misty early but did clear later. Went to Tophill Low NR late morning. Otter had been seen again on North Marsh so John decided to have another go. Although giving it till dusk didn’t see any Otters, not helped by being shown a video taken earlier that day. Redhead Smew seen on Watton NR yesterday and again this morning on Barmston Drain then flew north. Roy and I decided to go to Welton Waters. Had a quick look along the drain on the way out.
“watersports pit” -Welton Waters-from river bank.
At Welton Waters quickly picked up the female Common Scoter on “watersports pit”
Female Common Scoter-Welton Waters
but no sign of the Red-throated Diver. Eventually picked out an eclipse drake and female Scaup.
Had a cream-crown Marsh Harrier flew northwest. A Short-eared Owl had been seen earlier. Only had one Little Grebe when before the recent harsh winters we used to get as many as 60, also used to get a large number of Mute Swan with only 2 today.
60 Waxwing still in Hull on Anlaby Road this morning.
Haven’t had the moth trap for a few weeks but my fellow Cottingham trapper Andy Nun was successfull last night. The owner of the house next door has cropped back the beech hedge bordering so hope his next tenants aren’t going to complain when I do trap again!
Check out fellow Hull Valley blogger Jess Stokes’ patch work in Driffield today at Pink Cuckoo.
Any serious patch workers might find this interesting,