9/11/16 Started Wednesday in Hornsea Mere Seaton Road Hide with RL and ML. On Sunday we’d spent a cold but productive few hours there finding Long-tailed Duck and seeing Slavonian Grebe, Common Scoter, European White-fronted Geese and a Pink-footed Goose. Unfortunately bad light and mostly too distant for photography.
Long-tailed Duck at Hornsea Mere-RL
Common Scoter at Hornsea Mere-RL
Also had a Marsh Harrier persistently hovering over an unidentified small duck or grebe which repeatedly dived to get away.
Marsh Harrier harassing an unidentified bird at Hornsea Mere-RL
On Tuesday Smew and Black-necked Grebe had also been reported. Today was also wet and cold. Getting into the hide a drake Pintail and tatty male Goosander were close in.
Drake Goosander at Hornsea Mere-RL
Drake Pintail at Hornsea Mere-RL
Roy quickly picked up the redhead Smew and Common Scoter but both close to the opposite shore. One Pink-footed Goose was still with the feral geese off Kirkholme Point but saw no other ‘wild’ geese. I found two redhead Goosander, one looking rather small. Later what may have been the smaller ‘goosander’ was seen again and identified as a Red-breasted Merganser. Also surprise to see a small flock of Grey Plover flying west.
Went to Tophill Low NR this afternoon. A Grey Phalarope was found by JB on Tuesday morning. Still reported today at the south end of D reservoir. Couldn’t initially see it from Car park hide but RL shortly found it and we got a few record shots before it again was obscured by the wall.
Grey Phalarope at Tophill Low NR
This is my 3rd Grey Phalarope for Tophill Low NR and two years since the last one in November 2014.
Had a look at Swine Moor on the way back where there was still good numbers of Wigeon and Teal.
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