Hornsea Mere and Atwick

New Years day, following a report of a female Velvet Scoter by Mark Robinson headed to Hornsea Mere with Roy. Struggled initially until joined by Mark in 2nd field who picked up the Scoter close to the north side under the “cormorant trees”.

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Looking for the Velvet Scoter on Hornsea Mere.

Constantly diving and mobile but we both eventually were happy with views. of what was a site tick for both of us. Presumably the bird seen late last year. Mark had also had a Marsh Harrier earlier.

Mike Jackson had had a flock of Snow Buntings north of Atwick a few time since Christmas although Mark hadn’t manage to see them. Headed to Atwick. Had the birds distantly about 1/2 mile north of the caravan park but didn’t see them again by the time we reached Low Skirlington so stopped to look at the sea. Had 93 Red-throated Diver, female Goldeneye and Guillemot. Just as we were about to head back south I saw the Snow Buntings flying south over the beach. Had reasonable views on the cliff face then the beach then they disappeared again.

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Snow Bunting on Atwick beach-Roy Lyon.

Didn’t see them on the way back so presumably they’d got back north.

Finished the day in Hornsea Mere hide.

Well that’s not a bad start, hopefully more to come. Forecast to get milder and drier 2nd half of the week so hopefully work-load will allow me to get out.

Check Stuart’s blog for New Years day at Swinemoor and High Eske NR.

Check Tophill Low NR blog for today’s highlights.

Check here for recent sightings at Oak Road, Hull.

Check The Wold Ranger for today at Wilfholme Landing.

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One response to “Hornsea Mere and Atwick

  1. Ken Graham

    Cracking start to the new year list

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