Hidden gem.

18/3 Went to Tophill Low NR with Roy and Martin L on Monday morning. Had the 3 Goosander still on D reservoir. Walked north. Failed to get either brown tit species on the D wood feeders but had 5 mobile Little Egrets in the Hempholme Meadows area.

Walked the south end this afternoon. Nothing of note but had a female Great Crested Newt crossing the road by South Lagoon on the way back.

Great Crested Newt Female nr Sth Lagoon Tophill low 180313 M Lonsdale

Female Great Crested Newt-Tophill Low NR-M.Lonsdale

Finally went to check out the “new birding site” at New Arram where the Ring-necked Duck had taken up residence. Followed the directions, turning left immediately after the level crossing and driving to the end. Word of caution, there is limited parking and serious risk of getting struck on the muddy verge and Roy had a run in with a residence for parking “on her land”. After parking we crossed the drain then walked toward the obvious trees, through which the pond could be glimpsed. The RND was quickly picked out among c120 tufties.

Ring-necked Duck Arram 180313 M lonsdale

Ring-necked Duck-New Arram-M.Lonsdale.

It’s amazing that a pond that can hold such a good number of ducks has previously been a secret. Suspect we’ll be back sometime. Interestingly another “secret pond” that held an Osprey 2 years back is only a few hundred metres away.

For recent sightings in the Hornsea area click here.

19/3 The Great Northern Diver was still at Hornsea Mere on Tuesday and Kumlien’s Gull still at Barmston.

20/3 Short-eared Owl at Barmston on Wednesday morning.

21/3 Roy and Martin did the high tide at Paull on Thursday . At Paull Holme Sands they had a Peregrine, 500 Curlew, 2000 Golden Plover, 8 Shelduck, 5 Turnstone and a Ringed Plover.

At Paull Holme Strays; c10 Meadow Pipit and 2 Shelduck.

At Saltend; 2 Goosander, 83 Avocet, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Knot, 60 Redshank, 300 Curlew, 380 Shelduck and  600 Dunlin.

Avocet Saltend 210313 Leo

Avocet-Saltend-R.Lyon

Two redhead Goosander Hedon Haven 210313 leo

Goosander-Hedon Haven-R.Lyon.

The Great Northern Diver was still at Hornsea Mere.

For today at Barmston check here.

22/3 Kumlien’s Gull still at Barmston on Friday afternoon off the car park .The Great Northern Diver was still at Hornsea Mere.

For recent sightings from Tophill Low NR check here.

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