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7/2/14 Hornsea Mere + the coast

Went to Hornsea Mere on Friday morning with RL. Started at Kirkholme Point. Brian Wilson had just had the Great White Egret but it appeared to have walked into the reeds. Went round to the hide. Eight Scaup were close, but the no sign of the ninth.


Greater Scaup [male+2 females]

The drake Red-crested Pochard was also close in but like the rest of the ducks was having an early afternoon siesta. Four female Pintail were new in, a scarce bird this mild winter.


Didn’t see the female Velvet Scoter but Mark Robinson had it later. The Red-necked Grebe was seen again at the west end on Tuesday. More news from the mere here.

Went to Barmston early this afternoon. Had the Kumlien’s Gull in flight distantly to the north of the caravan park. In common with the rest of  our coastline today only a few Red-throated Divers and Great Crested Grebes on the sea. At our next spot, Ulrome, RL picked up an immature Shag, a rare sight south of Flamborough Head. Also I had a few Guillemots flying north off Atwick as well as five Sanderling on the beach.


The regular Far Grange hybrid goose with Mallards

Three Pink-footed Geese and a Barnacle Goose were with the Greylags by the pond at Skirlington.


Pink-footed Goose


Barnacle Goose [of unknown origin]

A male Hen Harrier was seen over Tophill Low NR late afternoon.


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Ring-necked Duck Tophill Low NR Pt2

4/2 Monday morning were planning to go to Paull Holme Strays with Roy and Martin L but the wind was too strong so as Martin needed the Ring-necked Duck for the site headed to Tophill Low NR. Due to to wind the duck were under the car park hide. Also the light was great so the RND was looking better than yesterday.


Ring-necked Duck-Tophill Low NR

The drake Scaup was still present but more distant. With the birds being closer also managed to add a 3rd hybrid, this one with more Tufted Duck characteristic.


Scaup-like hybrid-Tophill Low NR


Ring-necked Duck with Tufted Duck-type hybrid-Tophill Low NR

Also had 4 Pintail including 2 drake although they flew off and only on pair had return by early afternoon.


Pintail-Tophill Low NR

The pale Common Buzzard was also seen, at distance looking like an ringtail Hen Harrier and closer likely to be claimed as a Rough-legged Buzzard by the unwary. The ducks spooked for no reason early afternoon and the RND was distant when we left. No reports from the southern end of the reserve. A bit more on here including best pictures so far.


Looking rather windy!-Tophill Low NR.

The Kumlien’s Gull was still on Barmston beach at midday.

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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 n 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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Had mixed feelings Thursday morning. Day off so wouldn’t be walking the icy streets in sub-zero temperatures but still would be have go out birding at some point.

Went to Paull with Martin L and Roy late morning. However on reaching the ‘fisherman’s” car-park decided it was too bleak to be out so headed for the “comfort” of the Hornsea Mere hide. We didn’t sees Tuesday’s scoters nor did Martin or Roy yesterday. However they were still in on the mere in an area not viewable from the hide.

Went to Tophill Low NR this afternoon. Away from the main routes the roads were very treacherous and it was a sign of their dedication that the volunteers had made it in.


Tophill Low NR warden and volunteers “working hard” in South Scrub.


Drake Goldeneye D res.

Had 8 Siskin in tree tops in the car-park.

Headed south. Still hundreds of Redwing and Fieldfare particularly in South Scrub. No sign yet of any Smew on Watton NR but had a nice pair of Pintail.


Drake Pintail Watton NR


Birders in the snow

16 Waxwings in Brough at Trent Walk this afternoon.

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