2/1/17 Slow start to 2017 for me, only managing a couple of hours around Cottingham on New Years day and had nothing unusual. Tuesday morning went out with RL with the intention of counting the Goosander in Hull. Started at East Park where we could only find five.
Next to Costello Playing Fields [Peter Pan Park] where we had eleven then to nearby Pickering Park where we had another three.
As it was nearby we then checked, with out luck, Hessle Sainsbury’s and Aldi car park for Waxwing. Thirty had been on Spring Street early but had flown off but headed that way incase they had returned. Hadn’t got far when twelve were reported off Hessle Road at Strickland Street/Goulton Street junction. Arriving, there was SM who had again found them. Got a quick record shot then joined him under the trees.
There were no nearby berries but Steve had been getting them coming down to a puddle in the road. Managed to get a few clear shots of one through branches before they all flew off east and didn’t return.
While hoping for their return we had a Peregrine over several times before disappearing off east in close pursuit of a feral pigeon. However it returned ’empty handed’ and sat on a distant lighting gantry.
Five Waxwings were seen a little later at Hessle Sainsbury’s.
Getting in manage an hour with dog in Cottingham KGV Rec and fields behind and added a few to the year list including Reed Bunting and Fieldfare.
Year List: 45