30/10/16 Started Sunday morning at High Eske NR, with RL and ML, hoping to see the recent Long-tailed Duck. Met DH along the track from the farm. Had seen the duck on Saturday evening but no sign today but had had a Smew. The lone Whooper Swan was still present.
Whooper Swan-High Eske NR
Quickly found the redhead Smew among the Tufted Duck and Pochard at the south end. Also picked out three Scaup. The large flock of Greylags dropped still with the Pink-footed Goose. Next to Hornsea Mere starting in the Seaton Road Hide. A Pink-footed Goose was just in front of the hide. Eleven Whooper Swans were near the entrance to Decoy Bay and another eight flew southwest.
Whooper Swans at Hornsea Mere
I picked up the two Slavonian Grebe between us and Kirkholme Point, presumably displaced by the boat.
What we have to contend with at Hornsea Mere
Eventually came fairly close.
Juvenile and adult Slavonian Grebes with Mute Swan-Hornsea Mere
Went round to Kirkholme Point where the same or another Pink-footed Goose was just offshore.
Pink-footed Goose at Hornsea Mere off Kirkholme Point
A few Tundra Bean and White-fronted Geese and a Common Scoter had been seen earlier. Went to Tophill Low NR this afternoon. I found a redhead Smew on D reservoir from car park hide. Likely the same bird we saw this morning as it was also associating with Pochard. Flew to the north end and RL and I went to the North Hide while ML went to North Marsh where a Bittern had been seen earlier. The Smew showed close in before flying off with Pochards eventually coming down below car park hide where it stayed until late afternoon at least.
Redhead Smew with Pochard at Tophill Low NR on D reservoir
Also had two Green Sandpipers in flight before dropping onto Decoy Fields.
The new visitors centre at Tophill Low NR-‘still under wraps’
Did the gulls. Although we didn’t stay until dark, with the clocks now back, we’re likely to start doing the gull roost again. A Tawny Owl was calling in D wood as we left. Had a few Migrant Hawkers. With the forecast of colder nights there won’t be many more.