Fag end of the year.

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The drake Smew seen again at Welton Waters on Wednesday was reported back at Far Ings NR on Thursday.

28/12 Roy and Martin L had a first winter Iceland Gull at Barmston on Friday afternoon. This bird had previously been reported as a Glaucous Gull. Also Guillemot, 30+ Turnstone and 150 Sanderling. At Atwick they had Knot, 15 Great Crested Grebe. Nothing of note at Hornsea Mere.

29/12 Went to back to Barmston with Roy and Martin L early Saturday afternoon with hope of getting some decent photos. Nathan Pickering had had the Iceland Gull late morning but it had flown north. Large congregation of gulls well north but despite prolonged grilling in the constant rain didn’t find it even with the expert help of Brett and Cynthia Richards. However did manage Purple Sandpiper and Grey Plover as well as 200 Sanderling, 40 Knot, 18 Ringed Plover and 85 Turnstone. Checked the gull roost at Hornsea Mere.

Mike Coverdale had a 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull on Wilfholme Carrs this afternoon and an Egyptian Goose on Arram Carrs but no White-fronted Geese.

30/12 Went back to Barmston with Roy on Sunday morning. Hundreds of gulls as far north as Bridlington but no sign of the Iceland Gull, with in our area at least. Checked the beach at Ulrome just in case then did Hornsea Mere from the hide.

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Teal-Hornsea Mere.

This afternoon checked Fossehill Pond and Dacre Lake, the latter having 6 Great Crested Grebes. Look around Brandeburton Ponds and near Leven airfield for geese and wild swan.

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Flooding behind Greengrass fisheries-Brandesburton. The pumping station barely coping!? 

Had a quick look at Swinemoor but had no waders or wildfowl. However Little Egret and 8 Crossbills had been seen earlier.

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Swinemoor-plenty of water but flew birds.

Ended the day with a quick looked round Weel.

Well the last full day’s birding of 2012 was a bit disappointing. Hopefully 2013 will start better. See if I can find something for you or you for me?

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