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Mainly butterflies at Welton Waters

5.7.14 Had a look round Welton Waters, for the first time in nearly a month, on Saturday afternoon. As expected this late in the season only one Chiffchaff and a few Blackcaps and Reed Warblers singing. Lots of sporting activity on the sailing pit so the only birds were a pair of Mute Swans with two recent cygnets. However a large number of Sand Martin were hawking for insects over the south-east corner. Nothing seen on Brough Angling Complex ponds. Up to three Marsh Harriers in the area including a female hunting over BAE airfield then food passing to a juvenile on over the marsh. Also feeding over the marsh was a Common Tern, possibly part of the pair lingering from spring-time.

The lack of birds was made up for by good number of butterflies including my first gatekeeper.

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Also one of my first Commas.

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Comma

Lots of fresh Small Tortoiseshell.

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Small Tortoiseshell

Good number of Ringlet

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Ringlet

But only a few Large Skippers.

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Large Skipper

The only moths seen were a small number of Yellow Shell.

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Yellow Shell

No news on the Common Crane at Leven Carrs since Tuesday evening. Intend looking for it tomorrow.

For news  from Hornsea Mere area check here.

News from Paull Holme Strays here.

Check Beverley Birder for news including Swinemoor as well as Moth trapping.

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September 14th-Hornsea Mere and Welton Waters [+moths!]

14/9 Roy did Hornsea Mere on Saturday and had the Great White Egret at the east end. Also the Black-necked Grebe was off Kirkholme Point, and Water Rail and Snipe were in the bay. 420 Little Gulls were seen at dusk.

I went to Welton Waters late afternoon. An immature female Peregrine was hitting the 300+ Lapwing on the airfield but with out success whilst I was there. A small area of water was visible on the marsh and picked out a few returning Gadwall, Wigeon and Shoveler. Also at least 9 Grey Herons on the airfield with a few more around “watersports pit”. Good number of Gadwall now on Brough Angling Complex but viewing still very restricted. Mute Swans now numbering 35+ on “watersports pit” but only 2 pairs with young including the one that bred on Brough Angling Complex. Walking up Common Lane the only passerines were 2 Bullfinches and a Chiffchaff and even they were elusive. Walking the the eastern edge of “watersports pit” had 2 Green and a Common Sandpiper.

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Green Sandpiper by “watersports pit” Welton Waters

Water Rail showing well in the south-east corner until disturbed by a dog walker.

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Water Rail by “watersports pit” Welton Waters

Why can’t people realise if someone is using a camera it might be considerate to hang back. Walking back west a late set of water skiers caused an impressive 30+ Cormorants to depart for the river. Pity they choice the time when many birds are thinking of settling down for the night to have their fun. Only counted 3 Little Grebes in the area, a few years ago 60+ could be seen. A Little Egret flew over Brough Angling Complex this evening. An Avocet was on the mud in front of the airfield but apart from the Lapwing on the airfield, over high tide, waders were again in short supply with a small number of Curlew and a solitary Redshank. A few butterflies still on the wing but a bit docile.

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Small Tortoiseshell-Welton Waters

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Green-veined White-Welton Waters

Also on the Lepidoptera front, Saturday night was cold and not surprisingly I had my worst count of moths overnight since spring. Only 3 Light Brown Apple moths, a Rose Garden Tortrix and 4 Lesser Yellow Underwings.

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Garden Rose Tortrix

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Light Brown Apple moth.

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Lesser Yellow Underwing

15/9 On  Sunday morning the Great White Egret was still at Hornsea Mere viewable from Kirkholme Point as well as the juvenile Black-necked Grebe and 14 Little Gulls. A juvenile Rose-coloured Starling flew south from Hornsea North Cliff early morning.

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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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Out for a duck [scored twice].

4/4 For Thursday at Tophill Low NR check here.

For James’ tour of the ‘valley’ wildfowl treats check here.

5/4 Red-necked Grebe and Black-necked Grebe still at Tophill Low NR on Friday and an adult Mediterranean Gull roosted.

Drake Smew still at Welton Waters.

Male Long-tailed Duck still at Hornsea Mere and an Osprey early evening.

6/4 On Saturday morning I had a Waxwing whilst at work in Cottingham on Southwood Road. Also had a small Tortoiseshell on Mayland Drive, my first butterfly since a Peacock in January.

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Goldcrest-Humber Bridge CP-M.Lonsdale

Went to Swinemoor with Roy and Martin L late afternoon. Much as on Monday but no sign of the Pintails. Roy counted the waders getting 74 Snipe, 50 Redshank and 6 Dunlin. A few Lapwing appear to be sitting.

Following the recent excellent photographs on facebook and elsewhere, we thought we better go to Hornsea Mere for the cracking male Long-tailed Duck. Was still showing well off the jetties.

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Drake Long-tailed Duck-Hornsea Mere

Went round to the hide and I quickly picked up a pair of Red-crested Pochard in the north-east corner of the bay. Unfortunately a but distant.

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pair of Red-crested Pochard-Hornsea Mere

For more the Mere check Steve’s blog.

“Kumlien’s” Gull still at Barmston.

Red-necked Grebe and Black-necked Grebe still at Tophill Low NR.

Short-eared Owl at Welton Waters.

Running the moth trap for a few hours at least tonight. Still not really warm but the sighting of a butterfly gives some optimism.

Although it’s been a bit milder recently and tomorrow is forecast to be better it now seems that next week isn’t going to bring a heatwave and wetter weather is forecast for the back end.

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