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2/2/14 Paull and Hornsea Mere

A Firecrest was found by the Martin brothers near Fort Paull on Saturday morning. RL and ML looked for it early afternoon with out success but it was found again after they left showing well along the moat on the south side of the fort. I went back with RL but by then the wind had become too strong and we couldn’t relocate it.

Went back to Paull with RL and ML on Sunday morning and joined JH, the Martin brothers and Pete Scott looking for the Firecrest. Wind much lower and we could actually hear birds calling. Shortly RL located it at the top of a tree west of Fort Paull. Unfortunately flew but I relocated it just a few metres away and eventually everyone was happy with their views.

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Firecrest near Fort Paull-RL

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Went to Hornsea Mere this afternoon. Mike Jackson was already in the hide and had located the Scaup flock. The full nine present including the two drakes.

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Pair of Greater Scaup with Gadwall, Tufted Duck and Wigeon

While watching them I found a nice drake Red-crested Pochard, the first for a few months.

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Drake Red-crested Pochard

Also had the female Velvet Scoter.

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Female Greater Scaup and Velvet Scoter-RL

Mike had had the Great White Egret yesterday [see here]. With the unusually bright conditions compared with the recent times and with the bird quite close we got some of our best pictures [I hope!] for a while.

Had a walk past Wassand Hall later but a Jay was the only bird of interest.

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Looking over Hornsea Mere from near Wassand Hall.

A lot of trees have been felled at the west end of the mere but many saplings have also been planted

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Recently felled timber

Check here for last week at Tophill Low NR including a Bittern on North Marsh.

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26/11/13-Raywell

26/11 The “toad of work” back in place but barely a tadpole today. Still only a couple of hours to spare and what with the cold thought I’d go just up the road to Raywell to check the Woodland Trust reserve of Nut Wood and Wauldby Scrogs.

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Waudby Sproggs and Nutwood

Started with a look for fungi but only some Candlesnuff.

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Candlesnuff Fungus

As usual, and typical of woodland birding, it was initially hard work until I located the tit flock. As expected this was at the back of the wood which was still in sun. All the usual tits including at least 3 Marsh Tits and a Coal Tit as well as a photogenic Treecreeper and a few Goldcrest.

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Common Treecreeper 

The 2 Snow Buntings were still just east of Paull river side car park this morning.

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Paull revisited

25/11 With John Brattan claiming to have photographed an apparent juvenile Gyr Falcon at Paull on Sunday afternoon RL and I were back there again on Monday morning. Started at Paull Holme Strays car park where we met Richard Willison. Had already looked for the falcon but had been beaten by the cold. I picked up 3 Snow Buntings over flying head then heading north west. RL and I braved the bleak conditions to have another look for the falcon and check the waders. With the state of the tide there were plenty of waders in the Strays with 1000’s of Golden Plover, 12 Grey Plover, 24 Ringed Plover and a Knot as well as variable numbers of Dunlin, Redshank and Bar-tailed Godwit. Went round to the riverside car park where Richard had already relocated the pair of Snow Buntings from yesterday. Still along the river side path between the car park and the Strays and again very tame.

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Snow Buntings

Walking back they kept a few yards in front of us, occasionally flying onto the the pilings just off shore.

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Snow Buntings

Went to Tophill Low NR this afternoon. Had been pretty quiet bird wise recently but while having my lunch in car park hide picked up a female Scaup. Went round to Middle hide to get pictures.

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Female Greater Scaup and drake Tufted Duck

Continued as far as Hempholme Lock then did the gull roost late afternoon from top hide. Totals were:- Black-headed Gull 11000, Common Gull 20000, Great Black-backed Gull 1947 and Herring Gull 101. Also good numbers of corvids massing pre-roost with 9000 Jackdaw and 450 Rook. Several Tawny Owls calling in  D wood as we walked back.

The Great White Egret was still at Hornsea Mere this morning. A 2nd bird had been present again up to last Thursday.

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Snow Buntings at Paull

24/11 Went to Paull with RL on Sunday morning.

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The Yorkshire Belle in Paull boatyard.

Had a quick look at Salt End to check the tide then moved to the riverside car park where we met Pete Martin on his way out. Had just had a Snow Bunting along the path toward the Strays. Had beed found yesterday. The cracking male was still present practically at the feet of Paul Martin. Got a few shots before it was flushed by an inconsiderate walker. Although we heard it call twice couldn’t relocated it.

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Male Snow Bunting

Roy and Paul were heading back to the car park when I re-found it a few yards further east. Was giving what sounded like a contact call and I wasn’t surprise to see a second drabber bird appear. Got some more pictures and this time they were more settled, only moving a short distance when flushed.

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Snow Buntings

Having filled our boots we headed for the old lighthouses to view the foreshore off the Strays. Bird totals were:- Wigeon 450, Dunlin 600, Black-tailed Godwit 10, Bar-tailed Godwit 4, Redshank 12, Turnstone 14, Ringed Plover 12, Golden Plover 8000, Grey Plover 6, Lapwing 200, a few Curlew and single Little Egret and  Knot.

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Bar-tailed Godwit and Black-tailed Godwit-RL

The Snow Buntings were still present early afternoon.

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Male Snow Bunting

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Next went to Swinemoor. No sign of last Sunday’s 1500 Wigeon but a good number of Lapwing as well as 5 Dunlin, Common Snipe, 3 Redshank, Golden Plover, 5 Teal and 6 Greylag Geese.

Ended the day at Hornsea Mere. The inevitable Great White Egret was on “tree Island” but a distant male Red-breasted Merganser was new. Unfortunately not at the same range as the drabber bird last month [see here]!

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