26-27th January

26/1 2 Bitterns at the western end of Hornsea Mere on Saturday morning.

Kumlien’s Gull again off Barmston car park early afternoon.

Click here for Jess Stokes’ recent Driffield patch work.

Mike Coverdale had 5 Whooper Swans on Arram Carrs.

27/1 John went to join the crowds at Barmston on Sunday morning and and had good views of the Kumlien’s Gull below the car park. Also a Snow Bunting and 2 Waxwing over. Too windy for Roy and I so we had a quick look at Heron Lakes, Routh in case the Ring-necked Duck was hiding there then sort the shelter of Hornsea Mere hide. Had a look at Bewholme Hall pond early afternoon then Dacre Lake where we had the “white” Coot again.

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“white” Coot-Dacre Lake

Looked round Brandesburton Pond but could find nothing unusual so dashed to Tophill Low NR. A “gull roost event” was planned and Roy and I were intending to be spotters but when no-one had turned up by the allotted time and there were few gulls anyway, I decided to have another try for the Smew on Watton NR. The redhead Smew was close to the hide but I’d left the camera in the to car!

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An earlier shot of the redhead Smew

On the way back had 5 Pintail flying south. Back at D reservoir car park hide. although there were now plenty of gulls, nothing interesting had turned up but did pick up a pair of Goosander which had managed to drop in close to the hide unseen. Click here for Martin’s version including pictures.

Tony Simpson managed both Little Egret and Water Rail from North Marsh hide.

Mike Coverdale had 8 Bewick’s Swan on Wilfholme Carrs this morning.

Bewick’s Swan and 5 Whooper Swans [3 adults +2.juvs] on Arram Carrs early afternoon.

Paul Martin had 12 Waxwings in Hull on Freetown Way near the Sanctuary.

Andy Nun had one drake Smew at Welton Waters on Brough Angling Complex. One back at Far Ings NR which may be the other bird.

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