Hornsea Mere and Atwick

17/1 Had a pair of Coal Tit in the garden on Thursday morning.

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Blackbird in the back garden.

Went to Hornsea Mere with Roy and Martin L late Thursday morning. The lake was well frozen but still some open water.

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Clouds over Hornsea Mere.

Picked out the female Velvet Scoter diving to the west of Swan Island. Later it climbed onto the ice and went for a walk presumably looking for more open water but eventually gave up and went back the way it came.

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Female Velvet Scoter on ice-Hornsea Mere

Went round to Kirkholme Point and had a Rock Pipit briefly.

Walked the cliff top from Hornsea NCBC to Atwick. For a change had a good number of birds with 100 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Fieldfare, 30 Meadow Pipit, 5 Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer and 6 Skylark. Roy and Martin did the fields further north but had little to add.

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Redwing-Atwick cliff top.

Bloody cold day and we all had feet like blocks of ice. Possibility of more snow tomorrow and no sign of warmer weather before mid February. Not looking forward to returning to work next week!

The Iceland/Kumliem’s Gull was still at Barmston this afternoon north of the car park and the Water Rail was seen again this in a drain.

Check James’ blog for interesting sightings on Wansford Carrs.

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