6/2 Tuesday morning riding out to my delivery in Cottingham ran into John Brattan on Finkle Street photographing the Waxwings, back again on berries and aerials opposite New Finkle Court. Only counted c25 but Jon Harvey counted 70 during the morning. Riding back at lunchtime saw none but a few minutes later saw a good flock flying in the right direction over Royal Mail SO car park. Also 70 seen at the traditional site on Canongate/Northgate corner [opposite Dave Tucker’s old house]. Unfortunately had a bad day at work and couldn’t get out until late afternoon and didn’t see any at either site. The 2 sites are a fair distance apart but looks like it just one very mobile flock.
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7/2 c70 Waxwings again in Cottingham on the corner of Canongate/Northgate this morning. Also 13 Waxwings in Beverley on Mill Lane by Old Flames shop early afternoon and 3 in Brigham in garden by the swing bridge.
Another bad day at work but due to the better weather managed to get out late afternoon. No sign of the Waxwings on Canongate so continued to Oppy Wood. Very wet and I wasn’t wearing the right footwear so struggled to have a good look around. However had frustrating views of a Siskin in a flock of Goldfinch and Holly flushed at Woodcock. Walking back the full 70 Waxwings were on on roof of 2 Canongate but only managed to fire off 2 shots before they flew towards Queens Way.
Still had time for a quick look round KGV rec where I had a Treecreeper and Coal Tit.
Song Thrush-Millbeck Wildlife area, Cottingham
Ring-necked Duck still at Tophill Low NR.
Kumlien’s Gull still on the beach at Barmston.
Bittern and Water Rail seen at Hornsea Mere today.