Tag Archives: Routh

Grey Phalarope at Hornsea Mere.

10/12 A Grey Phalarope was found at Hornsea Mere by Christopher Harris from Kirkholme Point early Tuesday afternoon. Amazingly Christopher also had 5 Waxwings at the Nags Head at Routh on the way home.

11/12 The Phalarope was still there on Wednesday and was again close enough for RL to get some good pictures.

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Grey Phalarope-RL

Lee Ives had the 2nd winter Kumlien’s Gull in the roost again.

12/12 Finally managed to get to Hornsea Mere with RL on Thursday afternoon. Just before we reached Kirkholme Point SG had managed to see the Grey Phalarope, for the 1st time today. However he couldn’t re-find it after telling the other birders on site. SG also had the Long-tailed Duck but RL and I saw neither bird. Went round to the hide do the gull roost. I re-found the female Velvet Scoter, between us and Swan Island, so out of sight from Kirkholme Point. Roy picked up a Great White Egret flying west from Kirkholme Point, then just before we gave up for the day I picked up the 2nd egret also flying to the roost. So dark I could initially only see it through bins. As last Thursday both birds flew close to the hide but again no sign of the Kumlien’s.

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Waxwings and scarce ducks

7/1 Waxwing briefly at Trent Walk, Brough again Monday morning . Also 30 in Bransholme on Lothian Way late morning and 20 in Routh late afternoon.

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8/1 Steve Mulligan found 4 Waxwings on Tranby Lane, Anlaby early Tuesday morning.

Roy had the drake Smew back on Brough Angling Complex at Welton Waters but it flew off late morning. Also Kingfisher, Marsh Tit and Bullfinch. The Otter was also seen again.

9/1 First winter Iceland Gull again at Barmston [Richard Willison’s picture here] on Wednesday morning and Jack Snipe by the marsh.

Had a quick look at Swinemoor with Roy early afternoon. Again no waders or wildfowl, just gulls. Headed for Hornsea Mere. Checked the bushes on the way and was not surprised to see a flock of c30 Waxwings by Heron Lakes, presumably the birds reported in Routh on Monday.


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At Hornsea Mere managed to locate the male Long-tailed Duck then the female Velvet Scoter, the latter a mere hide tick for me.


Female Velvet Scoter-R.Lyon.

Ended the day at Arram Carrs. 1000 Wigeon, 300 Teal, pair of Pintail, 25 Redshank and 10 Curlew but no wild swans or geese other than Greylags.


Arram Carrs looking east.


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Waxwing in Beverley on Victoria Road near Jocks Lodge mid afternoon. Passed the spot later but probably had gone to roost by then. Another in Leven late morning.

Pete Scott had the drake Smew at Welton Waters on Brough Angling Complex again this afternoon.


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