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Two new birds for Paull

8/3 A juvenile Iceland Gull was found by Simon Brebner on Saturday morning at Paull Holme Strays.

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Iw Iceland Gull-Paull Holme Strays-Simon Brebner

RL and ML managed to twitch it that afternoon and interestingly had a second immature Iceland Gull flying over Hedon Road towards Alexander Dock on the way. Graham Catley had seen a first winter Iceland Gull at Hull Docks a few weeks back.

10/3 Went to Paull with RL on Monday afternoon. The Iceland Gull was still on the flats off the western inlet of the Strays [Paull tick no.1] . Was quite settled and we were able to creep to the end of the flood bank with out flushing it so getting some reasonable photos, despite my battery failing after a few shots.

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1w Iceland Gull-Paull Sands

However a non-birder oblivious to our mission brazenly walked past RL and flushed it. However it only flew a short distance onto the Strays proper.

Finished the day at Hornsea Mere where we had the nine Scaup again.

11/3 Went to High Eske NR on Tuesday afternoon. Highlights were a singing Chiffchaff, a drake Goosander at dusk and the regular Barn Owl over Pulfin NR. More of a ‘lowlight’ was two Mink that climbed out of the river and walked across the causeway in front of me, into the borrow pit. My first sighting for a few years and worrying for Richard Hampshire who seems to be controlling the species further up the river at Tophill Low NR.

Returned on Friday evening when I had a least nine Little Egrets flying in to roost. Again couldn’t locate the roost and have come to the conclusion that they must roost in trees out of sight west of pit. May have missed a few while looking for the roost including any coming from the south so the twelve reported a few week back may be regular.

12/3 Went to Welton Waters on Wednesday afternoon. Duck numbers were up with 47 Tufted Duck and 18 Goldeneye, split between Brough Angling Complex and “watersports pit”. No Chiffchaff along Common Lane but Pete Scott had two this Saturday. My habit of returning to Brough airfield marsh at dusk finally paid off with a close Short-eared Owl and a female Marsh Harrier coming in to roost.

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Short-eared Owl-Brough airfield marsh

15/3 Went to Hornsea Mere with ML and RL on Saturday afternoon. Nothing from HVWG hide except the assumed escaped Red-crested Pochard so went to Paull. Started at Saltend where Simon Brebner had seen 122 Avocets on Friday but none for us. However while counting the other waders and Shelduck a passing dog-walker called out “look behind you” and there was a very low Red Kite [Paull tick no.2]. RL and I fired off a few quick shots.

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ML had stayed in his car but fortunately had seen it independently. Even tried whistling to get our attention despite the strong wind!

Went to the old lighthouses to count the waders on Paull Holme Strays and Sands. Totals were:- Turnstone 29, Bar-tailed Godwit 2, Shelduck 74, Ringed Plover 5,  Sanderling 17, Dunlin 620, Grey Plover 720, Oystercatcher 5, Golden Plover 1900, Avocet 9, Wigeon 53, Little Egret 2 and Curlew 27. I also had a Peregrine repeatedly putting up the waders on Paull Sands.

16/3 Again on Sunday morning had nothing from HVWG hide at Hornsea Mere except the Red-crested Pochard but Geoff Dobbs fared better from the south side starting with Cetti’s Warbler in 1st field then Long-tailed Duck, Black-necked Grebe and redhead Smew. The Velvet Scoter and 4 Scaup were seen in the afternoon. More from the mere here.

RL and I fared little better on the sea between Atwick and Barmston with only a few Red-throated Divers, Great Crested Grebes and Guillemots, although I did have a Kittiwake off Ulrome. Again no sign of the Kumlien’s Gull at Barmston but did have notable 50 Oystercatchers. Also had a Comma butterfly while looking for migrants at Atwick.

For my recent moth trapping in  Cottingham check here.

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August 27-Tophill Low NR


Did Tophill Low NR on Tuesday afternoon. Started in car park hide. Had the juvenile Black-necked Grebe and an adult Common Tern but no sign of the 15 Little Gulls present in the morning.

Walked up to Hempholme Meadow. The grass had just been cut. Green Sandpiper on the nearest pool with the regular Grey Heron.

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Walked back through D wood. Mixed tit flock near North Marsh including a few Goldcrest but nothing of note from the hide in a brief viewing. Had a looked from middle hide and had better views of the Black-nacked Grebe. Checked the small brick building there and the car park and found the expected Red Underwing.

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Red Underwing

Headed south to check around O reservoir in the hope of Clouded Yellows having missed them on the 16th and 20th. Managed up to 4 but like Monday at Brough they were so mobile even Usain Bolt couldn’t keep up with them.

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Common Blue

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Red Admiral

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Also still plenty of Painted Ladies and Silver Y’s.

Checked South Marsh West from  L-shaped hide. Richard has been dropping the levels, partly to put water in the drained South Marsh East. Plenty of mud showing including a good “crake edge” under the river bank reeds. Two Greenshank and 3 Dunlin present. Went to Watton NR. Viewing difficult in the low evening sun and no sign of the Ruff but could have been hidden among the Lapwings.

Went back to South Marsh West and two juvenile Curlew Sandpipers and a Little Ringed Plover had joined the Dunlin. Also a Common Sandpiper viewable from back-to-back hide.

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The two juvenile Black Terns and juvenile Black -necked Grebe were still at Hornsea Mere, again joined by a third Black Tern  and 400+ Little Gulls in the evening.

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Juvenile Black tern-Roy Lyon-25/8/13

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Adult +juvenile Common Tern

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Little Gulls

But no news of Whinchats.

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Whinchat-Roy Lyon-25/8/13 

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11th August-Tophill Low NR

Went to Tophill Low NR with John on Sunday morning. One of the two juvenile Black-necked Grebes present for a week now, was still on D res.

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Juvenile Black-necked Grebes-7 August 2013

Walked up to Hempholme Meadow where we witnessed a female Marsh Harrier carrying a decent size rabbit over Struncheon Hill pond to two juveniles on the east side of the River Hull. Whether this is the fledged family from South Marsh East or an additional brood is up for debate but they have been in the area for a least a week.

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Juvenile Marsh Harrier on South Marsh West-20 July 2013 

Had a brief view of a Kingfisher on North Marsh but missed a mother Water Vole with a young in tour.

This afternoon did the some end and had a Ruff on Watton NR then Greenshank and Green Sandpiper on South Marsh West. Volunteers were working to create wader areas on South Marsh East.

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Greenshank

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Green Sandpiper

Good day for butterflies with at least 4 Painted Ladies reported.

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Comma

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Wall Brown

Also a few moths.

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Dingy Footman

Good number of hawker dragonflies on the wing.

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Southern Hawker

Swinemoor continues to dry out with no sign of any serious rain in the near future but some decent pools still remain where Roy and I had Little Egret, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank and Redshank on Wednesday.

Trapped a Star-wort moth at home in Cottingham overnight. Previous records in Yorkshire have been confined Spurn Point.

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Purple Hairstreak

2/8 Found a small colony of Purple Hairstreaks in Cottingham off Priory Road in 2011. Never managed to confirmed it’s continued existence in last years cold summer however on Friday evening managed at least one butterfly along a few other species.

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Purple Hairstreak-Cottingham

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Comma

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Speckled Wood

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Gatekeeper

After reporting this to Roy we decided to check out Tophill Low NR. Had seen them there a few times over the years but, probably due to lack of checking, there had been no reports in recent years. However we managed 7 with in a few minutes of searching so the potential total is likely to  be pretty high.

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Purple Hairstreak-Tophill Low NR

Didn’t manage any birding but 2 Spotted Redshanks had been seen on North Marsh early morning, a juvenile Black-necked Grebe on D res and an Osprey over.

Also 3 Wood Sandpipers on Swinemoor [I had 2 on Tuesday as well as 6 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, Ruff and 4 Little Egrets].

On the the way home picked up an injured Common Buzzard which had probably been feeding on a road kill Rabbit when hit itself. Was very subdued with one obviously damaged wing. Left in the care of Swanbridge Vets, Swanland.

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Injured Common Buzzard

3/8 Roy visited Paull Holme Strays on Saturday counting 12 Small Red-eyed Damselflies on the car park pond.
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Pair of Small Red-eyed Damselflies-Paull Holme Strays

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Birds seen were an Avocet, a Grey Plover, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 28 Ringed Plover, 400 Golden Plover, c100 Dunlin, and only 4 Shelduck.

2 Black-necked Grebe were at Tophill Low NR on D res this afternoon.

[Editorial note:- due to the light evenings and good weather I’ve found it hard to find time to blog. I’ll try and do one occasionally so don’t think I’ve given up! I had a week in New Yorks in June and although not a birding trip I did take a few pictures. Currently posting these on another blog [which I hope my regular followers are keeping up with] with so far birds from Central Park and Coney Island.]

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