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Blow wind blow.

5/12 On Thursday morning went to Tophill Low NR with RL. A female Scaup had been present on D reservoir since Tuesday, likely the same bird I found on 25/11, and with the strong wind pushing the ducks under the car park hide I was easily able to locate it.

Greater Scaup-Tophill Low NR

Female-type Greater Scaup on D res


Solitary Mute Swan on D res


Wigeon on D res 


Common Buzzard struggling with the gale


Rough weather on D res

Walking south had a Little Egret over North Lagoon.

Went to Barmston this afternoon for a quick look for the Kumlien’s Gull. Had been seen on Wednesday but no sign today. Several Turnstone again showing well on the cliff-top.

Finished at Hornsea Mere. Mark Robinson had had the Kumlien’s Gull in Wednesday‘s roost but didn’t come in today. However with had several distant views of a Great White Egret, which again was feeding at times in the north-east corner of Kirkholme Point, before flying west to roost. It passed close to the hide but too dark to photograph. Also near dusk RL found a Whooper Swan and me a juvenile Velvet Scoter and redhead Goosander.

6/12 The 2nd winter Kumlien’s Gull at Barmston was seen by Martin Garner on Friday.

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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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High Eske NR and Swinemoor

Since the start of bright nights and better weather I’ve found myself too busy in the field to blog. However after a good afternoon out felt inspired to put something in writing.

23/4 Went to High Eske on Tuesday afternoon. Water level higher than on Saturday and the seasonal islands were covered again. Two female Goosanders were on the permanent island, I had one on Saturday.


Female Goosanders-High Eske NR

c20 Mute Swans on the pit, presumably pushed off Arram Carrs. No sign of the Whoopers Swans.Heard a familiar call, not heard since last autumn, and picked up 2 Greenshank flying in from the north. Spent a few minutes on the island then continued south. Walked north and checked the few swans remaining on Arram Carrs but no Whoopers so looks like they have departed. Good numbers of ducks, particularly Teal, on Leven Carrs scrape but numbers down on last visit. Only wader was a single Snipe. Also a few Yellow Wagtails. Only warblers heard were a Chiffchaff by Leven Canal and 3 Willow Warblers around the reserve. A few Swallows over the water but no over hirundines. Getting back to the reserve saw 5 Pink-footed Goose drop in to join the feral Greylags. Later in fields.


Pink-footed Geese-High Eske NR

Also 5 Yellow Wagtails and joined the White Wagtail and Pied Wagtails on the “scrape’.


White Wagtail-High Eske NR

An Oystercatcher appears to be on a nest on the main island.

Went to Swinemoor this evening. Disappointed not to reconnect with the Greenshanks but had at least 5 Little Ringed Plovers, 7 Redshank, a Snipe and many Lapwing. Also good numbers of Teal, Wigeon, Mallard and Gadwall and 4 Shelduck. At least 3 White Wagtails but only one Yellow Wagtail.

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Bronze Monkeys.

23/3 For Saturday at Tophill Low NR check here.

24/3 2 adult Little Gulls at Hornsea Mere on Sunday.

25/3 Little Gull again at Hornsea Mere on Monday morning.

Kumlien’s Gull still at Barmston this afternoon. Also 2+ Adult Little Gulls and 3 Jack Snipes in the reedbed north of the car park.

26/3 Headed for Barmston with Martin L and Roy on Tuesday morning following the report of a Black Redstart around the caravans. Had a walk then a drive around but only came up with 2 Robins, 9 Blackbirds and a Song Thrush. Weather still arctic so wimped out on the other birds in the area and went to Tophill Low NR. The 3 Goosander were still on D reservoir.


Kestrel on D reservoir wall. 

Walked south for little gain except for 23 Curlews commuting between Watton NR and Carrs. When will we hear warblers or see Little Ringed Plover and Sand Martin? Had another look at D reservoir from middle hide and had closer views of 2 of the Goosander.


Drake Goosander-Tophill Low NR.

Ended the day confirming that the Ring-necked Duck was still on the fishing pond at New Arram. Still with c100 Tufted Duck and added Pochard and Greylag Goose to my site list.


Ring-necked Duck-New Arram. 

Richard Jennings tells me that there have been 23 Pink-footed Geese in recent days in fields on the other side of the river from High Eske NR.

For recent new from the Kelk area check here.


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Hidden gem.

18/3 Went to Tophill Low NR with Roy and Martin L on Monday morning. Had the 3 Goosander still on D reservoir. Walked north. Failed to get either brown tit species on the D wood feeders but had 5 mobile Little Egrets in the Hempholme Meadows area.

Walked the south end this afternoon. Nothing of note but had a female Great Crested Newt crossing the road by South Lagoon on the way back.

Great Crested Newt Female nr Sth Lagoon Tophill low 180313 M Lonsdale

Female Great Crested Newt-Tophill Low NR-M.Lonsdale

Finally went to check out the “new birding site” at New Arram where the Ring-necked Duck had taken up residence. Followed the directions, turning left immediately after the level crossing and driving to the end. Word of caution, there is limited parking and serious risk of getting struck on the muddy verge and Roy had a run in with a residence for parking “on her land”. After parking we crossed the drain then walked toward the obvious trees, through which the pond could be glimpsed. The RND was quickly picked out among c120 tufties.

Ring-necked Duck Arram 180313 M lonsdale

Ring-necked Duck-New Arram-M.Lonsdale.

It’s amazing that a pond that can hold such a good number of ducks has previously been a secret. Suspect we’ll be back sometime. Interestingly another “secret pond” that held an Osprey 2 years back is only a few hundred metres away.

For recent sightings in the Hornsea area click here.

19/3 The Great Northern Diver was still at Hornsea Mere on Tuesday and Kumlien’s Gull still at Barmston.

20/3 Short-eared Owl at Barmston on Wednesday morning.

21/3 Roy and Martin did the high tide at Paull on Thursday . At Paull Holme Sands they had a Peregrine, 500 Curlew, 2000 Golden Plover, 8 Shelduck, 5 Turnstone and a Ringed Plover.

At Paull Holme Strays; c10 Meadow Pipit and 2 Shelduck.

At Saltend; 2 Goosander, 83 Avocet, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Knot, 60 Redshank, 300 Curlew, 380 Shelduck and  600 Dunlin.

Avocet Saltend 210313 Leo


Two redhead Goosander Hedon Haven 210313 leo

Goosander-Hedon Haven-R.Lyon.

The Great Northern Diver was still at Hornsea Mere.

For today at Barmston check here.

22/3 Kumlien’s Gull still at Barmston on Friday afternoon off the car park .The Great Northern Diver was still at Hornsea Mere.

For recent sightings from Tophill Low NR check here.

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12-17th March.

12/3 Roy and Martin L had the Tundra Bean Goose again at The Lakes at Far Grange. Also the 3 Pink-footed Geese and 2 Barnacle Geese.

14/3 Roy and Martin L had the Kumlien’s Gull still on Barmston beach Thursday morning. Also a White-billed Diver flew south, picked up by Martin and confirmed by Roy. For more from Barmston see here.

At The Lakes at Far Grange the Pink-footed Geese and Barnacle Geese were still present but no sign of the Bean.

16/3 Went to Hornsea Mere with Roy on Saturday afternoon. Saw the Great Northern Diver which had turned up again after disappearing from Far Ings where it had been seen for a few days. Looking at dates looks likely the same bird has been seen at Broomfleet Ponds, Tophill Low NR, Hornsea Mere and Far Ings. May even be the bird seen early winter near Scunthorpe.

Gt Northern Diver Hornsea Mere 160313 Leo

Great Northern Diver-Hornsea Mere-R.Lyon

Went to The Lakes at Far Grange where only the one Barnacle Goose was present, but had good views of a Barn Owl as well as an amazing flock of 200 Greenfinch.

Barn Owl Skipsea 160313 Leo

Barn Owl-The Lakes at Far Ings-R.Lyon

65 Waxwings at The Vales in Kirk Ella this late afternoon.

Pete Dove had the drake Smew at Welton Waters on Brough Angling Complex still.

17/3 Went to Swinemoor with John on Sunday morning. Very wet again. A pair of Pintail was the highlight, also several Teal and Lapwing but missed a Little Ringed Plover seen by Nathan Pickering.

Went to Hornsea Mere and had the Great Northern Diver again.

Went to Barmston. No initial sign of the Kumliem’s Gull. Good number of waders, the best was a Purple Sandpiper but also several of Sanderling, a few Turnstone, and a Bar-tailed Godwit associating with a the Oystercatchers. Offshore were a few Red-throated Divers and Great Crested Grebes. As we were about to leave the Kumlien’s Gull flew in from the the south, now so pale as to be indistinguishable from an Iceland Gull.

Iceland or Kumliens Gull Barmston 140313 Leo

Kumlien’s Gull-Barmston-R.Lyon

Went to Tophill Low NR. Had 3 Goosander on D reservoir. Little Ringed Plover was on Watton NR yesterday. Several reports of Osprey in recent days. Lesser Redpolls still by the lagoons. 5 Sand Martins seen after we left. For more from Tophill Low NR see here and here.

Steve Mulligan had 65 Waxwings in his garden on Woodland Drive in Anlaby and David Littleproud had 12 by Woodmansey church.

The Ring-necked Duck spent most of the week at Normandy Barracks in Leconfield but having gone missing on Friday was refound back on a fishing pond in New Arram on Saturday and was still there today.

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“Colder than a well digger’s ass”

Having spent 5 days in Northern Spain where although not hot was better than at home it was no surprise to get home and find winter was returning again. Intend blogging the trip soon but as I currently can’t upload my pictures will have to put this on hold for now. For the same reason I’ll have to depend on friend’s pictures for local stuff for now. Don’t seem to have missed much with the only news I’m currently aware of is that the Ring-necked Duck seems to have taken up residence at Normandy Barracks although has also been seen on a pond at New Arram and the “Kumlien’s” Gull is still on Barmston beach.

5/5 Tuesday, my first day back at work, started foggy but had cleared by early afternoon and as this might be the last mild day for a while thought I better head for High Eske in case the Ring-necked Duck dropped in. Walked round the borrow pit and counted c1000 Wigeon spread between High Eske NR and Pulfin NR. Also a drake Pintail on both sites. Heading north along the river there was no obvious sign of any swans but had 9 Little Egrets. Had a look over Leven Carrs for raptors and had 5 Pintail on the scrape. Unfortunately the fog rolled in again putting an early end to the day.

6/3 Had a sub-adult Gannet over Southwood Road, Cottingham on Wednesday morning. Robert Jaques also had one [or the same?] over Hull University.

7/3 Had my first moth of the year Thursday morning when I found a Hebrew Character on a door on Southwood Road, Cottingham. Unfortunately the day got colder and didn’t bother putting the trap out.

8/3 Went to Welton Waters with Roy and Martin L midday on Friday. Had a drake Smew again on Brough Angling Complex and a distant Otter on “watersports pit”.

Went to Tophill Low NR later but because of the weather only did D reservoir. Had 3 drake and a redhead Goosander. The redhead Smew had be seen recently on Watton NR. More recent news here and here.

10/3 Went to Hornsea Mere with Roy on Sunday morning. Started in the hide where Roy found a probable 2nd winter Caspian Gull on Swan Island [also seen independently by Mark Robinson] Went round to Kirkholme point. Had a Water Rail again with Moorhen in the wet field by the entrance but couldn’t find the Bittern. However found 2 ringed Black-headed Gulls.

Danish-ringed Black-headed Gull Hornsea Mere 100313a Leo

Ringed Black-headed Gull-Hornsea Mere-R.Lyon

For more recent news check here.

Went to look for geese in the Skipsea area. None at Skirlington but the usual flock of feral birds was at The Lakes at Far Grange. Also 4 “pinkfeet” including 2 larger looking birds. Kept them under observation and eventually they hauled out on the far bank.  One had bright orange legs and it’s identification as a Tundra Bean Goose was confirmed when it flew low with a Pink-footed Goose showing a darker upperwing.

Bean Goose front with Pink-foot Skipsea Lakes 100313 Leo

Tundra Bean Goose [front] and Pink-footed Goose-The Lakes at Far Grange-R.Lyon

Pink-foot left with Bean Goose right in Flight Skipsea Lakes 100313 Leo

Tundra Bean Goose [right] and Pink-footed Goose-The Lakes at Far Grange-R.Lyon

Also did Bewholme Hall, Leven bypass and Heron Lakes before ending up at Tophill Low NR. Again only had a look over D reservoir. 8 Goosander, 4 drakes and 4 redhead, and a male Scaup had been seen earlier. More on here.


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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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19/12 David Bibby had the Otter again at Welton Waters on Wednesday.

20/12 Told by Geoff Dobbs that,  just outside the Hull Valley recording area, a Great Grey Shrike has been present for c6 weeks just south of Market Weighton. Was seen on Monday.

21/12 On Friday Roy and Martin L had 4 Common Scoters circling Welton Waters then flying to the Humber and the dog Otter again on “watersports pit”.

5 Waxwings flew over Railway Road in Beverley at midday and 5 again on Trent Walk in Brough.

Check the Tophill blog for more on flooding as well as the latest bird [and mammal sightings].

22/12 Mike Coverdale had a few Bewick Swans again on  Saturday on Arram Carrs as well as plenty of other wildfowl including several Pintail.

For today’s Tophill Low NR news including updates on flooding click here.

23/12 Went to Welton Waters with Roy and Martin L on Sunday morning. Met John by “watersports pit”. He had just had distant views of Otter, as well as the female Common Scoter. However both disappeared due to a windsurfer. Had a drake Smew on Brough Angling Complex, seen earlier by friends.

Smew drake Welton Waters 231212 Leo

Drake Smew-Brough Angling Complex-Roy Lyon.

Could be the Smew seen at Far Ings as does come across although in the past has been later in the winter. Check Steve’s blog re-Smew at Far Ings. On the way out had a few Waxwings over near the A63 junction, likely the 6 seen earlier on Trent Walk in Brough. Couldn’t relocate them.

Went to Tophill Low NR this afternoon. Only did D reservoir but still had 2 redhead Goosander and 8 Pintail.

Pintail over D reservoir.


Goosander on D reservoir.

Also redhead Smew came in with Goldeneye [earlier on O reservoir], an immature male Marsh Harrier flew south and Martin H found a first winter Mediterranean Gull.

Andy Nun had Lesser Redpoll and Bullfinch in D woods and a Little Egret on North Marsh then Hempholme Meadows. Also Otter was seen again this morning on North Marsh. Check the Tophill Blog and Martin’s blog for more news this weekend. See I missed Waxwing again,

Barmston Drain has over topped just south of the entrance bridge and flooded Watton Carrs. With more rain forecast this week the chance of the reserve becoming inaccessible can’t  be ruled out.

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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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