20/1 Sunday morning started at Barmston with Roy and John. Tide already well up not helped by a cold easterly wind. Therefore very few gulls on the beach although a good number over the sea. Roy and John couldn’t find the Kumlien’s Gull so decided to head for the relative shelter of Hornsea Mere hide. However the gull was seen early afternoon north of the car park.
From the hide the Mere looked ice free although driving away along Seaton Road the western end was still frozen over.
Hornsea Mere without ice.
Best birds were a female Goosander, Redshank and Dunlin.
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Went to Tophill Low NR this afternoon. Not surprisingly due to the condition of the roads there were only a few visitors plus the more die-hard volunteers. Even had John and I volunteering although whether throwing logs on a fire counts as work I don’t know?
D res reservoir was largely frozen with only a small area open.
Frozen D res.
Only interesting bird we found was a drake Pintail although we were looking hard [see below]. A Woodcock had been seen from the visitors centre this morning but we couldn’t see it. Walking south, the lagoons and marshes and were frozen over and only a small area free on Watton NR but surprisingly O reservoir was ice free. Had several close but frustrating sightings of Barn Owl.
Barn Owl-the best I could get!
Picked up 7 Whooper Swans [2 adult, immature and 4 juveniles] on D reservoir late afternoon which John had seen [but not ID’ed} flying in.
Whooper Swans on D res.
One of the few regulars to make it, Tony Simpson, during his regular stake out of North Marsh had Water Rail, Woodcock and male Marsh Harrier, the latter also seen yesterday.
Also Tony McLean made it. See what a few thousand pounds of lens can do. More on Tophill Low NR blog.
Lee Johnson had a male Ring-necked Duck on Arram Carrs briefly early afternoon then relocated with Richard Jennings on Pulfin NR then High Eske NR before flying north late afternoon.
Drake Ring-necked Duck-High Eske NR-R.Lyon.
Also in the area were 2 Peregrines, drake Pintail, 5 Whooper Swans, 8 Bewick’s Swans and adult Little Gull.