JH wasn’t with me when I had the returning Kumlien’s Gull at Barmston 3 weeks ago, so on Sunday morning we head up there. Unfortunately it had been seen flying south earlier so satisfied ourselves with a showy Black Redstart on the cliff face below the car park.
Came onto the cliff top but was seen off by a Robin and moved out of view.
Went to Hornsea Mere, starting at Kirkholme Point. Not surprisingly with the Ivory Gull still at Patrington Haven there were a few unfamiliar faces. Unfortunately the Grey Phalarope was distant again. Kirkholme Point seems to be the coldest place in East Yorkshire so quickly moved to the relative shelter of the hide. I found the Velvet Scoter, as before spending most of it’s time between us and Swan Island so tricky to see from Kirkholme Point or the south fields.
Female Velvet Scoter
Later JH picked up 7 Scaup which had moved into our bay unseen. The Grey Phalarope was visible briefly late afternoon from the hide, near tree island. Both Great White Egrets had been seen earlier but we only had one hidden in the reeds distantly in Decoy Bay. Also seen by others today were the Long-tailed Duck, a female Common Scoter and a Slavonian Grebe, the latter 2 new for today. Also frustratingly a 2nd winter Caspian Gull was seen after we left.
Steve Routledge covered the same ground. Check here for his finds.
For more recent sightings from the mere check here.
Late report, via Roy Lyon, of a Corncrake found dead and photographed on pavement at Grimston Street, Hull on the morning of 28/8/13 By Pete Minns.
For recent sighting from Hornsea Mere check here.
10/9 Moth total on Tuesday morning again low but brightened up by a nice Sallow and a drabber Pale Mottled Willow , both new for the garden, as well as the 1st autumn Snout [that’s autumn not Autumnal!}.
Pale Mottled Willow
Went to Hornsea Mere with Roy this morning. Good numbers of hirundines over the mere in the cold wet weather. Roy counted 63 Little Gulls and I found an adult winter Mediterranean Gull but no sign of Black Tern or Red and Black-necked Grebes. Whilst checking Kirkholme Point felt cold for the first in many weeks.
Little Gulls on jetty at Hornsea Mere
Independently Mark Robinson re-found the Great White Egret and had 4 Greenshank and a Yellow Wagtail on Kirkholme Point.
Did a sea-watch off Ulrome early afternoon. Murk limited viewing and apart from good counts of Gannet and Fulmar only had an Arctic Skua and a few Kittiwake, Common Scoter and Teal.
Moved to Tophill Low NR. Again good numbers of hirundine and as at Hornsea Mere a noticeable influx of Wigeon and Gadwall. Otherwise little else with no waders today although yesterday Green Sandpiper and Snipe on Watton NR. The best bird was a Grey Wagtail by O reservoir.
Grey Wagtail by O res.
Brian Spence had several sightings of Kingfisher on North Marsh.
17/12 Waxwing Monday morning in Leconfield by Normandy Barracks. Another in Brough on Trent Walk again.
Roy and Martin L had the Common Scoter and pair of Scaup again on the “watersports pit” at Welton Waters and the bonus of an Otter.
Common Scoter-“watersports pit”-Roy Lyon.
Otter-‘watersports pit”-Roy Lyon.
Pair of Scaup in flight over “watersports pit”-Roy Lyon.
18/12 3 Waxwings by A1035 at Tickton Tuesday afternoon.
For recent sightings from Hornsea Mere click here.
15/12 80 Waxwings still Saturday morning in Hull on Anlaby Road. Also 22 in Nafferton on Beech Grove, 5 flew over Woodland Drive in Anlaby and a flock at Long Riston.
16/12 Went to Hornsea Mere with Roy on Sunday morning to meet John. John had had a few Waxwings on the way by the A165 at Skirlaugh. Misty early but did clear later. Went to Tophill Low NR late morning. Otter had been seen again on North Marsh so John decided to have another go. Although giving it till dusk didn’t see any Otters, not helped by being shown a video taken earlier that day. Redhead Smew seen on Watton NR yesterday and again this morning on Barmston Drain then flew north. Roy and I decided to go to Welton Waters. Had a quick look along the drain on the way out.
“watersports pit” -Welton Waters-from river bank.
At Welton Waters quickly picked up the female Common Scoter on “watersports pit”
Female Common Scoter-Welton Waters
but no sign of the Red-throated Diver. Eventually picked out an eclipse drake and female Scaup.
Had a cream-crown Marsh Harrier flew northwest. A Short-eared Owl had been seen earlier. Only had one Little Grebe when before the recent harsh winters we used to get as many as 60, also used to get a large number of Mute Swan with only 2 today.
60 Waxwing still in Hull on Anlaby Road this morning.
Haven’t had the moth trap for a few weeks but my fellow Cottingham trapper Andy Nun was successfull last night. The owner of the house next door has cropped back the beech hedge bordering so hope his next tenants aren’t going to complain when I do trap again!
Check out fellow Hull Valley blogger Jess Stokes’ patch work in Driffield today at Pink Cuckoo.
Any serious patch workers might find this interesting,
10/12 Went to Paull Holme Strays with Roy and Martin L on Monday to catch the afternoon high tide. Had an immature Marsh Harrier to the east.
Cream-crown Marsh Harrier-Paull Holme Stray on Saturday-may not be today’s bird-R.Lyon.
Grey Seal-Paull Holme Strays on Saturday.
Grey and Common Seals-Paull Holme Strays on Saturday.
Also today counts of 101 Bar-tailed Godwits, 48 Grey Plover and 16 Turnstone.
From Eric Clubbley, 30 Waxwings still in Willerby on Kingston Road and Red-throated Diver at Welton Waters on the sailing pit.
11/12 Roy and Martin L had a female Common Scoter at Welton Waters on the watersports pit early Tuesday afternoon.
Female Common Scoter-WeltonWaters.
Not long after they left Red-throated Diver was seen again.
Late afternoon Martin L had c60 Waxwings in Hull on Anlaby Road near Calvert Road junction.