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Seeing double and kum back?

1/12 Went to Hornsea Mere with RL and ML on Sunday morning. Joined by JH in the hide. I picked out a Great White Egret actually on the edge of Kirkholme Point. We drove round but unfortunately it saw us before we saw it and flew to ‘tree Island’  where it was joined by the 2nd bird which had been previously in trees just to the east.


Great White Egret flying from Kirkholme Point


Great White Egrets off ‘tree island’

A first winter Caspian Gull was seen off the ‘cormorant trees’ on Wednesday and six Scaup and the Long-tailed Duck again on Thursday.

Went on to Ulrome where only a few Red-throated Divers and a Great Crested Grebe were seen, much the same as RL had  on Saturday. We did have a Grey Seal close offshore though.


Grey Seal

Went to Barmston and walked to the outfall for waders but were beaten by the tide. I continued to the car park. Just as I got there a white-winged gull flew north. I moved quickly to opposite the caravan park. Initially no sign but then I picked it up pretty close eating on a small flat fish. Immediately realised it was an Iceland Gull then looking closer saw the primaries had greyish brown centres with white edges confirming my suspicions that it was the returning Kumlien’s Gull.


Second winter Kumlien’s Gull eating a flatfish.

Flew off as ML arrived.



As the tide was pushing up we went to look for it with the other gulls in the fields north of the caravan park. No sign but as we walked back I saw it back where I originally had it. Watched it for a while and were able to pick out the darker wedges on the outer webs of the outer primaries when it flew a short distance onto the sea where it lingered before flying north a few hundred metres to join a few other gulls on the beach.


Second winter Kumlien’s Gull taking off

Kumliens Gull 2w Barmston flight 011213 RL

Second winter Kumlien’s Gull over the sea-RL



The Snow Buntings at Paull were last seen on Tuesday. For more from Paull see here. Also includes an account of the Gyr Falcon.

Roy and JH had 26 Goosander including 9 drake on East Park Lake in Hull on Wednesday.

Goosanders East Park Hull 271113a RL


Pair of Goosander-East Park,Hull-RL

Also a ringed Black-headed Gull.

Black-headed Gull Danish ringed VEX East Park Hull 271113b RL

Danish ringed Black-headed Gull-East Park-RL

For the latest from Tophill Low NR check here.

For more in the Hull Valley recording area check here.


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February begins.

1/2 Roy and Martin L had another ringed Black-headed Gull at East Park, Hull on Friday.

Finnish Ringed Black-headed Gull East Park Hull 010213 M Lonsdale

Finnish ringed Black-headed Gull-East Park-M.Lonsdale

Also had a Short-eared Owl at Paull Holme Strays.

S-e Owl PHS 010213 Leo

Short-eared Owl-Paull Holme Strays-R.Lyon

Bars and Grays Paull Holme Strays 010213 Leo

Bar-tailed Godwit and Grey Plover-Paull Holme Strays-R.Lyon

2/2 Went to Hornsea Mere with Roy late morning. The Goldeneye now displaying well in the sun between the torrential rain.

Coot-Hornsea Mere


Goldeneye-Hornsea Mere

Checked Bewholme Hall where the Wigeon had increased since last visit. Had a Stoat by the road leaving Bewholme. Went looking for geese in the Skipsea area. 2 unringed Barnacle Geese were with the Canada Geese at Skirlington, the usual hybrid was at Far Grange and opposite the 2 Pink-footed Geese were at The Lakes although the Canada Geese were much reduced.


Barnacle Goose with Canada Geese-Skirlington


The Far Grange goose.


Pink-footed Goose with Greylags-The Lakes,Far Grange

8 Bewick’s Swan were reported at Arram Carrs again so we headed to view the site from Aike. The Bewick’s were picked up early on the water but the 12 Whoopers were tricky at first as they were initially in a dip.


Whooper Swans-Arram Carrs

Good number of Greylags but couldn’t pick out anything else. Seems we missed 5 Eurasian White-fronted Geese. Also had a female Marsh Harrier fly over. Went to Arram for a different view but the bulk of the birds were out of sight from there.

Mike Scott had 15 Waxwings in Hull on Chanterlands Avenue.

Kumlien’s Gulls still at Barmston by the car park this afternoon. For more details click here.

From Tophill Low NR Twitter feed: Otter on Watton NR seen on the reserve walk. Golden Plover, Bullfinch and Kingfisher. Knot reported am on Aike-Wilfholme rd [Can’t have been far from there!]. Pintail pair on D reservoir this afternoon. Merlin on Watton Carrs. Water rail ‘showing well’ at Hempholme Meadow. Tawny owl and Willow Tit in D woods.

35 Waxwings at North Feribby on Riverside Walkway.

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Waxies not waning.

28/1 Kumlien’s Gull still on Barmston beach north of the car park at midday Monday.

2 Short-eared Owls in fields east of the Trout Inn, Wansford this afternoon.

Bittern in flight at west end of Hornsea Mere.

Click here for “Wild in Hull” at Tophill Low NR.

29/1 Roy and Martin L had 89+ Waxwings in Anlaby by Haltemprice Leisure Centre.

Waxwings inc ringed bird Altemprice Liesure Ctr 290113 Leo

Waxwings including colour-ringed bird-Anlaby-R.Lyon.

Colour-ringed Waxwing Altemprice Liesure Ctr Hull Anlaby 290113 Leo

Later they had 28 Goosander and a German ringed Black-headed Gull at East Park,Hull.

German-ringed Black-headed Gull East Park Hull 290113 Leo

German ringed Black-headed Gull-East Park,Hull-R.Lyon

Male Goosander E Park 290113 Leo

Drake Goosander-East Park,Hull-R.Lyon

Kumlien’s Gull still on Barmston beach from car park at mid afternoon.

30/1 Kumlien’s Gull still on Barmston beach from car park Wednesday morning. Also a Snow Bunting flew north. More from Barmston here.

All the pictures on this blog are taken on Nikon P510. Check Dave Tucker’s blog for more on this camera.


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Twite a good week.

1/11 After feeling off earlier in the week finally got going on Thursday. Admittedly was hard going, first with the colder weather had to find the zip-in lining for my jacket, which took a while then when I was just about to set off the rain came down. Torrential, but only lasted a few minutes and fortunately was the only rain of day. At High Eske NR 7 Goldeneye had joined the resident bird, the other change was the arrival of good numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare. Had a Barn Owl to the south and another to the north over Leven Carrs. Whilst watching the 2nd bird a male Hen Harrier flew by then disappeared in the long grass. Thought it might have gone to roost but eventually emerged and showed well but slowly drifted east before going out of view in the fading light.

2/11 Went to Barmston with Roy and Martin Friday morning. On arrival had a female Red-breasted Merganser flying low over the breakers and briefly alighting but otherwise very little on/over the sea. Dropped off at Ulrome and walked back to Barmston but only rewarded was a few Meadow Pipits. Went to Hornsea North Cliff boat club and walked to Atwick. Was looking dead but found 5 Twite on the cliff face just before Cliff Top  caravan park. Although mobile finally settled long enough for all 3 of  us to fill a camera memory card each.


Ended the day at Hornsea Mere.

3/11 Did Swinemoor from Weel Rd Saturday afternoon. Hadn’t been for a few week and it was the wettest I’ve seen it in a long time. Had a few hundred Lapwing and Golden Plover but only other wader I could find was a Dunlin.

At High Eske checked Leven Carrs for birds of prey. Nothing doing but had a Little Egret south along the river. At dusk had 3 more egrets flying in from the south. Unfortunately they appeared to go to roost out of sight at the north end, probably by the “turtle pool”. In previous winters they have roosted in sight at the south end where it’s easy to count them.

High Eske NR at dusk.

4/11 Went back to Swinemoor with John on Sunday morning. In addition to the plovers and lapwing had 2 Redshank and a Ruff, as well as a few hundred Wigeon.

Partially frozen Swinemoor from Weel Rd.

Went to the Hornsea Mere hide then Tophill Low NR. 5 Crossbills had been seen in car park earlier. Walked through D woods and heard but didn’t see 2 Jays. Also no sign of Willow Tits on the feeders. Martin H and Doug had flushed a Jack Snipe while on a fungi forage on Saturday. Had a quick look from the hide but nothing doing. However John and Mary Morley and Alan Marshall claimed a Green Sandpiper later. Staked out North Marsh Hide and managed to see a Jay flying across the river. Also a mobile flock of Lesser Redpoll. Finished the day doing the gulls on D res with Martin H. Predictably he found a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull.

1st winter Mediterranean Gull on D res.

Jess Stokes had 5 Little Egrets flying south, presumably to roost at High Eske NR. Mike Coverdale had seen 6 flying towards Tophill Low NR on Saturday.

5/11 12 Waxwings in Hull at the junction of Shannon Rd/Douglas rd early Monday afternoon. Went to check them out with Roy mid afternoon but no sign. Went to East Park and had 6 Goosander viewable from the feeding area.

East Park Lake from feeding area.

Black-headed Gulls-East Park feeding area.

Goosander-East Park Lake.

6/11 8 Waxwings in  Hull on Greenwood Avenue on Tuesday morning and many more seen around the country today. With luck I’ll drop on a few at work soon.

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