Tag Archives: Common Seal

Whooper Swans return to High Eske NR

4/11 With the end of my 3 week holiday coinciding with end of British birding time and the added complication of major changes at work I found it impossible to get out after work last week. Fortunately Monday was a lighter day at work and mid afternoon found me at High Eske NR. Walking towards the pit I was sure I’d seen 2 White-fronted Geese dropping onto Molescroft Carr with Greylag. However with most of the geese obscured by the flood-bank and the position of the sun not helping I was unable to confirm. Reaching the pit I quickly located 14 adult Whooper Swans. One had a red leg but I was unable to read it today.


Whooper Swans and Greylag Geese-High Eske NR

The geese flock flew in and I was able to confirm my sighting of 2 adult Eurasian Whitefronts as well as a juvenile Pinkfoot. Walked north to Leven Canal in the hope of Short-eared Owls or harriers but only had the regular pair of ┬áKestrels. Had a Grey Wagtail in the derelict lock on the way back south, Noticed a wake in the river. Too obvious for an Otter and no boats but then I saw the head of a large Common Seal swimming south, the first I’ve seen for a few years, since the end of ┬áthe invasion that had annoyed the anglers.


Grey Wagtail-Leven Canal lock

Getting back to the pit, as the light was fading I located a Green Sandpiper, at the far end of the island. Also 5 Little Egrets had come in to roost in the south west corner.


Whooper Swans at dusk-High Eske NR

5/11 Only managed a walk on Willerby Carrs on Tuesday. Had Common Buzzard flying west. My 3rd in Cottingham in the same number of weeks.

Hornsea Mere continues it’s purple patch. Check here for details.


Filed under Birds in East Yorkshire, Cottingham, High Eske NR, Hornsea Mere, Nature in East Yorkshire

Paull Holme Strays and Welton Waters.

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.

Marsh Harrier Paull Holme Strays 081212 Leo

Cream-crown Marsh Harrier-Paull Holme Stray on Saturday-may not be today’s bird-R.Lyon.

Grey Seal Paull Holme Sands 081212 Leo

Grey Seal-Paull Holme Strays on Saturday.

Grey front and Common Seal Paull Holme Sands 081212 Leo

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.

Common Scoter fem Welton Waters in Fog a 111212 Leo

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.

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