Why should I let the toad work
Squat on my life?
Can’t I use my wit as a pitchfork
And drive the brute off?
With the announcement this week of Hull as City of Culture 2017 I thought a quote from Philip Larkin was appropriate. Unfortunately Buffo buffo is currently firmly in place. Fortunately this weekend is my long weekend off work which also now come rounds quicker with the “new working arrangements” so I intend to have 3 good days of birding.
23/11 With the Black-throated Diver having departed North Cave Wetlands RL and I thought Welton Waters might be worth a look on Saturday afternoon. As has become normal “watersports pit” held only 2 Little Grebes, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Cormorant and a Tufted Duck but Brough Angling Complex was packed. With the drake back at Barton Pits this week hopefully it or it’s companion will be seen here again this winter. Looking over Brough Angling Complex we saw a cream-crown Marsh Harrier over the airfield putting up a mixed flock of plovers.
“Great Horned Owls” off Welton Waters.
Walking towards the airfield had 12 Turnstone, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Grey Plover and Redshank on the foreshore.
On the airfield were 120 Lapwing, 80 Golden Plover, 7 Curlew and a Common Snipe. The highlight though was a Stonechat showing well in the bushes by the airfield. My first there since 27/10/07.
They had been regular over wintering previously. Had a similar experience at other local sites, likely a result of recent hard winters, with no recent records at Hornsea North Cliff Boat Club and Haltemprice Farm, Willerby.
Had the returning or another cream-crown Marsh Harrier flying west over the Humber.
Cream-crowned Marsh Harrier
With both first winter Glaucous and Iceland Gulls seen during the week at Hornsea Mere headed there to catch the roost. On cue one Great White Egret appeared on ‘tree Island”. However this time instead of flying west to roost, probably in the ‘cormorant trees’, it flew east and was visible for a while in a tree by Kirkholme Point before dropping out of view. We saw 2 Great White Egrets on Sunday in Decoy Bay but only one was reported since. Also 6 Scaup were seen during the week.
For recent sightings at Tophill Low NR including Otters check here.