1/4 Checked Swinemoor with Roy and Martin L on Monday morning. The wildfowl was up with 500 Teal, 110 Wigeon, a few Gadwall and the pair of Pintail. However the waders were down with fewer Golden Plover and no Snipe or Dunlin seen. Compared with yesterday it was arctic!
On the way to Tophill Low NR had a good number of birds by Watton chicken farm including 190 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing and 20 Reed Buntings. Assured by Keith Rotherham and Mike Bayldon that the Red-necked Grebe was showing well from the O reservoir viewing screen. However no sign of it when we got there. Went round to L-shaped hide for a look from another angle. Still no sign. but as is my habit, I took to checking a recently arrived flock of Teal and picked out a Green-winged Teal. Martin got on it but Roy struggled, so as it would be closer we went back round to the viewing screen. We all managed to see it from there including Martin H [who had just happened to be passing and wasn’t at all interested] and John.
Green-winged Teal-Tophill Low-R.Lyon the top picture showing the female accompanying it.
Green-winged Teal-Tophill Low NR-M.Lonsdale
Martin picked up the Red-necked Grebe at last.
Red-necked Grebe-Tophill Low NR
Went to D reservoir for lunch and to see a summer plumage Black-necked Grebe which Martin H had picked up earlier [of course I wasn’t really interested having found one at Hornsea Mere recently?!]. As it was closer to Middle hide we all went round to get some shots.
Black-necked Grebe-Tophill Low NR
On the way back we had a classic White Wagtail on the reservoir wall.
White Wagtail-Tophill Low NR
Went round to Watton NR but again no sign of any Little Ringed Plover and there were several Pied Wagtails and Meadow Pipits but nothing better among them.
Hedgehog-Tophill Low NR
Checked O reservoir again but Teal flock had left and we couldn’t find the Red-necked Grebe. The grebe was seen again and photographed by Andy Nunn in the evening.
For more on today at Tophill Low NR check here.
2/4 On Tuesday, continuing Monday’s theme, the Ring-necked Duck, still at New Arram yesterday, turned up on at Tophill Low NR on Watton NR but only the Red-necked Grebe remain from yesterday.
For today at Barmston check here. Also the male Long-tailed Duck is still at Hornsea Mere. Drake Smew still at Welton Waters on Brough Angling Complex.
Forecast to get warmer next week [although ‘more unsettled”] and actually felt more spring like today. With migrant queuing up in southern European could witness a rapid arrival soon?