18/10 Went to Hornsea Mere on Friday morning with Andy and RL . Been quiet on the news front recently and an initial look from the hide produced nothing reportable although the Goldeneye were now in double figures and there were a good few Great Crested Grebes. We then set to work cladding the decaying front of the hide then putting a coat of paint on.
RL painting the HVWG hide-Hornsea Mere
“Camouflage paint” does exist-HVWG Hornsea hide.
Back to birding and RL received news from MR regarding a Long-tailed Duck and Red-breasted Merganser. Although the latter would only be viewable from Kirkholme Point the former should be visible. Our initial scans proved negative but RL picked up the long staying Black-necked Grebe. This slowly swam towards the hide but before it came with in camera range RL scored again with the Long-tailed Duck. This one did come close in.
Long-tailed Duck-Hornsea Mere
Having “filled our boots” and the grebe now out of sight we went round to Kirkholme Point. The Merganser was tucked in the north-east corner, opposite where the Bittern had showed well to the masses early this year.
Had a quick look at Atwick churchyard but no migrants could be found.