February begins.

1/2 Roy and Martin L had another ringed Black-headed Gull at East Park, Hull on Friday.

Finnish Ringed Black-headed Gull East Park Hull 010213 M Lonsdale

Finnish ringed Black-headed Gull-East Park-M.Lonsdale

Also had a Short-eared Owl at Paull Holme Strays.

S-e Owl PHS 010213 Leo

Short-eared Owl-Paull Holme Strays-R.Lyon

Bars and Grays Paull Holme Strays 010213 Leo

Bar-tailed Godwit and Grey Plover-Paull Holme Strays-R.Lyon

2/2 Went to Hornsea Mere with Roy late morning. The Goldeneye now displaying well in the sun between the torrential rain.
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Coot-Hornsea Mere

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Goldeneye-Hornsea Mere

Checked Bewholme Hall where the Wigeon had increased since last visit. Had a Stoat by the road leaving Bewholme. Went looking for geese in the Skipsea area. 2 unringed Barnacle Geese were with the Canada Geese at Skirlington, the usual hybrid was at Far Grange and opposite the 2 Pink-footed Geese were at The Lakes although the Canada Geese were much reduced.

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Barnacle Goose with Canada Geese-Skirlington

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The Far Grange goose.

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Pink-footed Goose with Greylags-The Lakes,Far Grange

8 Bewick’s Swan were reported at Arram Carrs again so we headed to view the site from Aike. The Bewick’s were picked up early on the water but the 12 Whoopers were tricky at first as they were initially in a dip.

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Whooper Swans-Arram Carrs

Good number of Greylags but couldn’t pick out anything else. Seems we missed 5 Eurasian White-fronted Geese. Also had a female Marsh Harrier fly over. Went to Arram for a different view but the bulk of the birds were out of sight from there.

Mike Scott had 15 Waxwings in Hull on Chanterlands Avenue.

Kumlien’s Gulls still at Barmston by the car park this afternoon. For more details click here.

From Tophill Low NR Twitter feed: Otter on Watton NR seen on the reserve walk. Golden Plover, Bullfinch and Kingfisher. Knot reported am on Aike-Wilfholme rd [Can’t have been far from there!]. Pintail pair on D reservoir this afternoon. Merlin on Watton Carrs. Water rail ‘showing well’ at Hempholme Meadow. Tawny owl and Willow Tit in D woods.

35 Waxwings at North Feribby on Riverside Walkway.
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