11/5 Only managed an hour at nearby Woodland Trust site Nut Wood and Wauldby Sprogs on Saturday evening. I’ve visited this area since I was a child and it was one of my first birding sites. The main interest is a few breeding Marsh Tits but also over the years have seen other interesting birds including Green Woodpecker, Brambling and Hobby. However it can be hard work and today was no exception.
Like a lot of sites this years Blackcaps were very common but I had little else and it became more of a botanical trip.
12/5 Did Swinemoor from Weel Road with John on Sunday morning. Only found 3 Wood Sandpipers and no Little Ringed Plovers.
Went to Tophill Low NR. The Ring-necked Duck was still on D reservoir, initially a the north end but close from the car park hide later.
I picked up a first winter Mediterranean Gull with a few Common and Black-headed Gulls. Also 2 Common Terns.
Walked south this afternoon. Had 2 Marsh Harrier and the 2 Little Ringed Plovers were still on the nearly dry South Marsh East. Retreated to the car park hide mid afternoon as the weather deteriorated. Nothing new and with the rain not yet set in I headed north. Met up with Martin H and I joined him looking for Large Red Damselfly exuviae.
Large Red Damselfly exuvia
Had c50, all new from yesterday and I had my first Large Red for the year.
Large Red Damselfly
Also had a Drinker caterpillar.
Rain set in and we retreated to the car park hide but nothing new so didn’t stay much longer.
For recent Hornsea Mere sighting check here.