12/3 Roy and Martin L had the Tundra Bean Goose again at The Lakes at Far Grange. Also the 3 Pink-footed Geese and 2 Barnacle Geese.
14/3 Roy and Martin L had the Kumlien’s Gull still on Barmston beach Thursday morning. Also a White-billed Diver flew south, picked up by Martin and confirmed by Roy. For more from Barmston see here.
At The Lakes at Far Grange the Pink-footed Geese and Barnacle Geese were still present but no sign of the Bean.
16/3 Went to Hornsea Mere with Roy on Saturday afternoon. Saw the Great Northern Diver which had turned up again after disappearing from Far Ings where it had been seen for a few days. Looking at dates looks likely the same bird has been seen at Broomfleet Ponds, Tophill Low NR, Hornsea Mere and Far Ings. May even be the bird seen early winter near Scunthorpe.
Great Northern Diver-Hornsea Mere-R.Lyon
Went to The Lakes at Far Grange where only the one Barnacle Goose was present, but had good views of a Barn Owl as well as an amazing flock of 200 Greenfinch.
Barn Owl-The Lakes at Far Ings-R.Lyon
65 Waxwings at The Vales in Kirk Ella this late afternoon.
Pete Dove had the drake Smew at Welton Waters on Brough Angling Complex still.
17/3 Went to Swinemoor with John on Sunday morning. Very wet again. A pair of Pintail was the highlight, also several Teal and Lapwing but missed a Little Ringed Plover seen by Nathan Pickering.
Went to Hornsea Mere and had the Great Northern Diver again.
Went to Barmston. No initial sign of the Kumliem’s Gull. Good number of waders, the best was a Purple Sandpiper but also several of Sanderling, a few Turnstone, and a Bar-tailed Godwit associating with a the Oystercatchers. Offshore were a few Red-throated Divers and Great Crested Grebes. As we were about to leave the Kumlien’s Gull flew in from the the south, now so pale as to be indistinguishable from an Iceland Gull.
Went to Tophill Low NR. Had 3 Goosander on D reservoir. Little Ringed Plover was on Watton NR yesterday. Several reports of Osprey in recent days. Lesser Redpolls still by the lagoons. 5 Sand Martins seen after we left. For more from Tophill Low NR see here and here.
Steve Mulligan had 65 Waxwings in his garden on Woodland Drive in Anlaby and David Littleproud had 12 by Woodmansey church.
The Ring-necked Duck spent most of the week at Normandy Barracks in Leconfield but having gone missing on Friday was refound back on a fishing pond in New Arram on Saturday and was still there today.