Out for a duck [scored twice].

4/4 For Thursday at Tophill Low NR check here.

For James’ tour of the ‘valley’ wildfowl treats check here.

5/4 Red-necked Grebe and Black-necked Grebe still at Tophill Low NR on Friday and an adult Mediterranean Gull roosted.

Drake Smew still at Welton Waters.

Male Long-tailed Duck still at Hornsea Mere and an Osprey early evening.

6/4 On Saturday morning I had a Waxwing whilst at work in Cottingham on Southwood Road. Also had a small Tortoiseshell on Mayland Drive, my first butterfly since a Peacock in January.

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Goldcrest-Humber Bridge CP-M.Lonsdale

Went to Swinemoor with Roy and Martin L late afternoon. Much as on Monday but no sign of the Pintails. Roy counted the waders getting 74 Snipe, 50 Redshank and 6 Dunlin. A few Lapwing appear to be sitting.

Following the recent excellent photographs on facebook and elsewhere, we thought we better go to Hornsea Mere for the cracking male Long-tailed Duck. Was still showing well off the jetties.

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Drake Long-tailed Duck-Hornsea Mere

Went round to the hide and I quickly picked up a pair of Red-crested Pochard in the north-east corner of the bay. Unfortunately a but distant.

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pair of Red-crested Pochard-Hornsea Mere

For more the Mere check Steve’s blog.

“Kumlien’s” Gull still at Barmston.

Red-necked Grebe and Black-necked Grebe still at Tophill Low NR.

Short-eared Owl at Welton Waters.

Running the moth trap for a few hours at least tonight. Still not really warm but the sighting of a butterfly gives some optimism.

Although it’s been a bit milder recently and tomorrow is forecast to be better it now seems that next week isn’t going to bring a heatwave and wetter weather is forecast for the back end.

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