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Snow Buntings at Paull

24/11 Went to Paull with RL on Sunday morning.

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The Yorkshire Belle in Paull boatyard.

Had a quick look at Salt End to check the tide then moved to the riverside car park where we met Pete Martin on his way out. Had just had a Snow Bunting along the path toward the Strays. Had beed found yesterday. The cracking male was still present practically at the feet of Paul Martin. Got a few shots before it was flushed by an inconsiderate walker. Although we heard it call twice couldn’t relocated it.

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Male Snow Bunting

Roy and Paul were heading back to the car park when I re-found it a few yards further east. Was giving what sounded like a contact call and I wasn’t surprise to see a second drabber bird appear. Got some more pictures and this time they were more settled, only moving a short distance when flushed.

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Snow Buntings

Having filled our boots we headed for the old lighthouses to view the foreshore off the Strays. Bird totals were:- Wigeon 450, Dunlin 600, Black-tailed Godwit 10, Bar-tailed Godwit 4, Redshank 12, Turnstone 14, Ringed Plover 12, Golden Plover 8000, Grey Plover 6, Lapwing 200, a few Curlew and single Little Egret and  Knot.

Bar-tailed and Black-tailed  Godwits Near Paull Holme Strays 241113 RL

Bar-tailed Godwit and Black-tailed Godwit-RL

The Snow Buntings were still present early afternoon.

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Male Snow Bunting

For more recent news from Paull check here.

Next went to Swinemoor. No sign of last Sunday’s 1500 Wigeon but a good number of Lapwing as well as 5 Dunlin, Common Snipe, 3 Redshank, Golden Plover, 5 Teal and 6 Greylag Geese.

Ended the day at Hornsea Mere. The inevitable Great White Egret was on “tree Island” but a distant male Red-breasted Merganser was new. Unfortunately not at the same range as the drabber bird last month [see here]!

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23/11/13-Welton Waters+Hornsea Mere

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.

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“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.

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Bar-tailed Godwit

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Grey Plover

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.

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Stonechat

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Spring?


28/3 Went to Welton Waters with Roy and Martin L on Thursday afternoon. The drake Smew was still on Brough Angling Complex although distant due to the number of anglers on site.

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Drake Smew-Welton Waters

The northern extension now has a big screening banking. Why bother? Block the view of something and the obvious reaction is “wonder what’s behind this, I’ll climb up and have a look.” It’s a fishing pit so unlike a nature reserve there’s no problem with disturbance. Anyway actually a great place to view the area from. Very little on the “watersports pit” so move onto the river bank where Roy picked up a Short-eared Owl although it dropped into the reeds in front of the airfield. Also 7 Bar-tailed Godwits with c60 Curlew.

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Bar-tailed Godwits-Welton Waters

Too cold to bother checking the airfield further.

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29/3 Had a walk round Cottingham KGV Rec on Friday morning. The Redwing were still in the area but more spread out. Possible Blackcap sub-song but couldn’t get on it. No sign  of the Fieldfare flock in the fields to the north I’d seen earlier in the week.

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls-KGV Rec

The Ring-necked Duck still at New Arram.

Did Hornsea Mere with Martin L, Roy and John this afternoon. Roy had a Red Kite but lost to view before anyone else got on it. Went to Barmston and walked to the reedbed but had no pipits and only 2 Common Snipe.The gulls were too distant. For what we missed at the latter site check here.

Back home had a fly over by the remaining Orange-winged Amazon.

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Orange-winged Amazon-Cottingham

Walking Priory Road this evening, like the park this morning, still 100+ Redwing but no Fieldfare.

Check here and here for news from  Tophill Low NR.

30/3 Drake Long-tailed Duck at Hornsea Mere. Kumlien’s Gull and Adult Mediterranean Gull still at Barmston. Ring-necked Duck still at New Arram

Check here for today at Tophill Low NR.

Been a non starter moth wise so far but Roy had a White-shouldered House Moth in his kitchen on Tuesday.

Moth My Kitchen 260313a Leo

White-shouldered House Moth-R.Lyon.

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