A slow week

30/4 Went to High Eske NR on Tuesday afternoon. Still 2 White Wagtails and few a Yellow Wagtails as well as a Common Sandpiper and Pink-footed Goose.

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White Wagtail-High Eske NR

All the regular breeding warblers were now in.

Peacock-High Eske NR

Good number of Peacock butterflies at High Eske NR

Had 3 Little Ringed Plovers on Swinemoor.

1/5 Only managed a walk in Cottingham on Wednesday evening. Did KGV rec and fields behind as far as Creyke Beck substation. Very few migrants with one Blackcap and a silent Chiffchaff but had a Green Woodpecker calling behind Millhouse Woods Lane pumping station.

2/5 Went to Tophill Low NR on Thursday afternoon. The Ring-necked Duck was still on D reservoir but distant. Walked north along the road. Good number of Yellow Wagtails in Decoy Fields but distant and hidden in the emerging crop. Little Egret again on Hempholme Meadows.

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Little Egret-Tophill Low NR

Cetti’s Warbler still by South Marsh West but had moved from close to back to back hide.

3/5 Went to Welton Waters on Friday afternoon. Very quiet with few warblers but had my first Garden Warbler by the WAC building, not a regular bird here.

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Bar-tailed Godwit-Welton Waters

For the last month at Hornsea Mere check here.

4/5 Back to High Eske NR on Saturday afternoon. The resident female Goldeneye was still hanging onto a male. Walked to Leven Canal. Female Marsh Harrier again hunting the carrs and a Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape.

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Black-tailed Godwit-Leven Carrs

Hopefully the first of many waders and a first for the site.

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Leven Carrs scrape

Returning to the borrow pit I had a Little Ringed Plover.

At Swinemoor I had 3 Greenshank and 3 Little Ringed Plover.

5/5 Streamer moth in the trapped on Sunday morning was a first for the garden. Check here for my new moth blog.

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Streamer

Went to Tophill Low NR with John. The Ring-necked Duck was still on D reservoir and I found a female Scaup. Also at least 2 female Marsh Harriers seen. Did the north end this morning but nothing of note but did have my first Green-veined White butterfly and heard a Cuckoo. Walked the south end this afternoon. A pair of Little Ringed Plover still showing interest in South Marsh East, although whether they can withstand the disturbance of the management work over the next few weeks we’ll have to see. Cetti’s Warbler still singing by South Marsh West but again mid way between the hides.

For more from the reserve, including a tour of the new centre, check here.

Kumlien’s Gull still Barmston beach this morning.

Geoff Dobbs had 4 Greenshank, 5 Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sand and lots of LRPs at Swinemoor this evening.

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