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Crane in vain

17/10 Went to High Eske NR on Friday morning. Wildfowl number still low with only 2 Goldeneye new in since Sunday. The female present since late 2006 hasn’t been seen for a few week so must be assumed dead, but 8 years isn’t bad for a flightless bird. Hadn’t seen the Common Crane since last Thursday and no reports of it since Saturday. Walked south but no sign near Arram Grange. Walked round the back of the pit and was surprised to see the Terrapin hauled out on a dead tree in the pond in the north-west corner. An indication of how unseasonably mild it is.

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 Red-eyed Terrapin/Slider-High Eske NR 

Walking north along the river there were six Whooper Swans on Arram Carrs, presumably part of the flock from Sunday.

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Whooper Swans-Arram Carrs

After the recent rain there is a lot of water on Arram Carrs although not at 2012 level. However along with the Lapwing there were several Mallard, Wigeon, Teal and best of all 3 Pintail.

Walked as fair as Leven Carrs but still no sign of the Common Crane. If it has finally gone I wonder whether it has flew south or linked it with the flocks in the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

Went to Hornsea Mere this afternoon. Started in HVWG Hide but saw nothing of interest. Moved to Kirkholme Point where a few other birders were viewing the grebes. The Red-necked Grebe was off the jetties but distance. Only 2 Slavonian Grebes were reported today and late afternoon they were close into the south side. Again didn’t see the female Scaup. Went to the south side and got reasonably close to to Slavs from the corner of 2nd field from where the Spotted Crake was viewed a year ago.

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 Slavonian Grebes-Hornsea Mere

Heard a Water Rail but the water level is too high this year to have a chance of seeing it. Walking back met a birder looking for the Red-necked Grebe with only a pair of compact Leica bins. Managed to showed him it through my scope although even through it it was very distant.

Had a quick look at Swine Moor at dusk but again barren.

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Quieter day but a new moth.

16/10 Received news via NP that a Great Grey Shrike had been photographed on Wednesday from the disused railway south of Swine so headed that way with RL this morning. Fortunately met a dog walker along Hornsea Trail who had actually seen the photograph and was able to show us exactly where it had been seen. No sign this morning though. However still nice to see good numbers of Yellowhammers and Skylarks as well as Redwing sat out rather then just in flight.

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From there went to Hornsea NCBY, one of our migration hotspots. Plenty of Robins by the caravan park but the only obvious migrant was a Reed Warbler. Walking the ditch north of Atwick Gap RL flushed a micro moth. Got it in my bins but not immediately able to ID. Went for my camera but lost track of it. Didn’t need to worry though as we later flushed several more and managed to get a few shots good enough to ID. Looked to be one of the Udea genera and later confirmed as Rusty-dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis , a common migrant particularly on the coast. New moth for me.

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Rusty-dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis

I continued on the Atwick while RL drove round. Checked the fields to the north of Cliff Road where we used to get Jack Snipes before it had been “improved”. This field has always been good for Stonechat and didn’t let me down today with a nice male.

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male Stonechat-Atwick

Finished at another one of our hotspots, Atwick churchyard. On arrival it was obvious, as on the coast, that there were a lot of Goldcrest which gave hope for something better. However the only migrants found were a female Blackcap, a Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler. However the Chiffchaff looked very drab but didn’t get enough on it to confirm it as Siberian. The Willow Warbler was also quite grey suggesting a true northern migrant. Had a few fleeting glimpses of Yellow-browed Warbler-type bird but never confirmed.

Not surprisingly as elsewhere in the country the Grey Phalaropes had disappeared overnight at Hornsea Mere but the 3 Slavonian Grebes, Red-necked Grebe and a Little Gull were still off Kirkholme Point as well as a female Scaup which I’ve yet to connect with. The Velvet Scoter wasn’t reported which may suggest it wasn’t the returning bird from last winter although it did prove elusive earlier this year so my still be around. For more from Hornsea area check here.

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A good day at Hornsea Mere

15/10 Went out with RL on Monday afternoon. Went first to Swine Moor, viewing as usual from Weel Road opposite Corporation Farm. On Sunday afternoon I had found a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper with Richard Jennings. Also had up 7 Ruff and 6 Dunlin along with the usual flock of Wigeon and Teal. Also that day had the 1st 10 returning Whooper Swans north of High Eske NR on Arram Carrs but didn’t see the Common Crane, Had hoped to get back to Swine Moor earlier but the weather on Monday and Tuesday had not encouraged me. However this afternoon the area was deserted with just the regular Little Egret of note.

Went to Hornsea Mere starting at Wassand Hide. Met MR on the way down. Had had the 2 Slavonian Grebes off Kirkholme Point and a 3rd bird towards the west end. Also found a Red-necked Grebe and had seen a dying Gannet on “tree island”. Not long after getting in the hide MR picked up a grebe which turned out to be the 3rd Slavonian Grebe presumably pushed into Decoy Bay by a boat.

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 One of the Slavonian Grebes from Wassand Hide-5/10/14 

Also a female Marsh Harrier still present.

Next went round to Kirkholme Point. Scanning the edge of 1st field, where the other 2 Slavonian Grebes had been seen, picked up a female Velvet Scoter, possibly the same bird seen over the previous 2 winters.

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 fem Velvet Scoter from last winter but likely the same bird as today

Scanning further east I picked up the 2 Slavonian Grebes, then the Red-necked Grebe.

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Red-necked Grebe

Moved to get closer t0 the latter and had a moment of self doubt when I picked up a Little Grebe. However scanning to the right picked up the Red-necked Grebe again. Also 3 Little Gulls, an adult and 2 1st winters. Had texted MR about the Velvet Scoter but before he got to us it was flushed by a boat and we lost track of it. MR had been delayed by a Yellow-browed Warbler calling unseen near Wassand Hall.

Finished the day in HVWG Hide. Had the Gannet on tree island.

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 Moribund Gannet-RL

Didn’t look too fit but to quote John Cleese it hadn’t yet “fallen off it’s perch and joined the choir eternal”. Started checking the gulls roost and picked up 3 waders in flight. Pale grey with a strong white wing-bar and was thinking Sanderling or Dunlin when RL reminded me that several Grey Phalaropes had been reported by RBA today. The penny dropped and not long after they landed and there identity became obvious. Tried contacting MR but his phone wasn’t on. For the rest of the time we were in the hide they remained on the water mid-mere and with the fading light would have been very difficult to pick up if you weren’t sitting with us.

For more recent sighting in the Hornsea area check here.

Seems to be an influx of Jay at the moment with bird seen coming in on the coast and evidenced myself by Jays around Cottingham and Willerby this week. Seen at Hornsea Mere today but my been just resident birds.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pink-footed Goose

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Barnacle Goose [of unknown origin]

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

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Great White Egret at Hornsea Mere {again!!]

8/9 Were already on the way to Hornsea Mere with Martin L and Roy when Mark Robinson rang to say he had a Great White Egret. Admittedly this our second locally this year, Martin even having had one already at the Mere. I’d also seen them in the USA this year. John and Mike Jackson were already in the hide so headed for the south side. No initial sign from 1st field but Roy counted 53 Little Gulls.

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Little Gull-6/9/13-R.Lyon

The Great White Egret flew from near the hide and I picked it up, sticking out like a sore thumb, in the top of a tree near the “cormorant trees”. Headed for the edge of 2nd fields for a closer look but all the Cormorants got up and it was no surprise that the egret had flown too. Relocated again by Roy nearby. Whilst scanning the north shore Martin pick up the juvenile Red-necked Grebe 1st seen on Friday afternoon.

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Juvenile Red-necked Grebe-6/9/13-R.Lyon

The egret flew east and we lost it behind Swan Island. Went round to Kirkholme Point to join John and Mike. Had the remaining juvenile Black Tern then the egret was picked up in flight, by another birder, before alighting on Swan Island where it rested for a few minutes below being flushed again, this time by “pleasure cruise” motor boat.

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Great White Egret in flight [above] and on Swan Island [below].

 

 

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Went to the hide for lunch where I re-found Red-necked Grebe close off 2nd field but drifting west.

I was dropped at Hornsea NCBC to walk the cliff-top to Atwick. Bird-wise only a Reed Bunting, 2 Pied Wagtails and a 25+ Linnet but had a good few Small Tortoiseshells.

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However my walk cost me a Pomarine Skua, although it had been very distant.

Next headed for Barmston but with an adult Kittiwake at Tophill Low NR, a site tick for Martin, a change of plan was made. No further sign of the Kittiwake but had an adult Mediterranean Gull on D reservoir and in Decoy Field. Up 5 were seen in total this afternoon. Did the full circuit of D reservoir, dropping in to see the recently arrived Belted Galloways grazing Hempholme Meadow.

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Belted Galloways on Hempholme Meadow.

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Volunteers “working” on Hempholme Meadow.

Also had a look on North Marsh but missed the Kingfisher this time.

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Kingfisher-North Marsh-2/9/13

John stayed in car park hide and managed 2 Hobbies but failed with the Mediterranean Gulls.

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My attempt at a Cottingham moth blog has failed this year. Will give it a go again next year but for now will go back to highlights on here. Saturday night was the first cold night since late spring and resulted in only 20 of 6 species although 2 others avoided the trap. However include Brown-spot Pinion, a 1st for me.

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Brown-spot Pinion

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‘start of spring.

9/4 On Tuesday Barry Warrington had 12 Waxwings in Hull feeding near Mr Chu’s on St Andrews Quay.

Click here for news from Figham Common.

10/4 Drake Smew still at Welton Waters on Brough Angling Complex on Wednesday.

11/4 Clouded Drab on Thursday was my first moth in the trap for 2013.
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Clouded Drab-Cottingham

Went to Hornsea Mere with Martin and Roy this morning. Had a 7 Sand Martin, our first for the year, but no sign of the Long-tailed Duck around the jetties.

Walked the cliff top north of Hornsea Northcliff Boat Club. Found a male on the cliff face.

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Male Black Redstart-Atwick

Had a Little Ringed Plover at Bewholme Hall.
Went to Tophill Low NR this afternoon. The drake Ring-necked Duck was back on D reservoir. Also an immature Little Gull. Walked to Hempholme Meadows where a few pipits,, including a possible Scandinavian Rock Pipit had been seen earlier but no sign. Walking back along the straight road had a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull in flight.

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1st winter Mediterranean Gull-Tophill Low NR-R.Lyon

As we were about to leave Roy had some birds in the pines above the members hut. I still had my bins and found them to be 7 Crossbills.

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Male Crossbill-Tophill Low NR

The Red-necked Grebe was still on O reservoir.

12/4 For news from Tophill Low NR on Friday check here.

13/4 Had a good number of Small Tortoiseshells and a Peacock butterfly in Cottingham in the warmer weather on Saturday morning but coolled off later.

Went to High Eske NR this afternoon. Had 100+ Fieldfare with a few Redwings at Eske Manor. Had a my first Swallows and House Martin with good numbers of Sand Martin. Wildfowl were down with only 10’s of Wigeon and Mallard but still 165+ Teal between Pulfin NR and Leven Carrs scrape. Also a pair of Pintail on the latter site. The 4 Whoopers Swans were still on Arram Carrs but very distant with c20 Mute Swan. No sign of the Eurasian White-fronted Geese, last reported on Sunday.

Intended doing Swinemoor but started raining.

White Wagtail at Hornsea Mere on Kirkholme Point.

Common Swift reported at Tophill Low NR.

Kumlien’s Gull still at Barmston.

14/4 Did Hornsea Mere with Roy and John on Sunday morning. Hard work in the strong wind.

Had a female Merlin flying north over Atwick cliff-top. Walked the fields between there and Hornsea and were rewarded with our first 2 Northern Wheatears.

Went to Tophill Low NR this afternoon. The Ring-necked Duck was still on D reservoir. Also good numbers of hirundines over. A few Yellow Wagtails on the straight so went with Roy to get pictures.

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Yellow Wagtail-Tophill Low NR

Up to 7 were seen by early evening. Had 2 Little Egrets briefly on Hempholme Meadows. Had our first Willow Warbler singing as we walked back through the woods.
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D woods-Tophill Low NR

The Red-necked Grebe was still on O reservoir.

Great Northern Diver flew south past Barmston.

For new from Bransholme SW check here.

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April 7 at Tophill Low NR

7/4 Went to Tophill Low NR with Roy on Sunday morning. Started in D reservoir car park hide. No sign of the Black-necked or any Goosander.

The Red-necked Grebe was still on O reservoir.

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Red-necked Grebe-Tophill Low NR

The Pink-footed Goose and a pair of Little Ringed Plover were still on Watton NR.

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Pink-footed Goose-Watton NR

A few Chiffchaffs now singing.

There were a few Redwing in the works compound possibly part of the big movement on the coast.

Had a Peacock butterfly from South Marsh East no.2 hide.

Checked the D wood feeders this afternoon. At least 2 Willow Tits and a Marsh Tit but no sign of the Nuthatch reported earlier. Also a Blackcap sang briefly.

2 Otters had been seen on North Marsh late morning. Gave it a few minutes but no repeat performance.

For more from Tophill Low NR check here.

Did Swinemoor from Weel Road early evening. Much as yesterday but the pair of Pintail were back and finally caught up with a pair of Little Ringed Plover.

Kumlien’s Gull still at Barmston.

For more sightings in the Hull Valley check here.

Despite the cold Africa Gomez had some insect sightings today.

Weather like, a bit of a false promises day. Started out wearing coat but no hat, by lunchtime had got rid of the coat, however by early evening at Swinemoor it was coat and hat. Forecast is currently colder again first half then possibly milder but with more chance of rain second half. We’ll see.

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April 7, 2013 · 6:37 pm