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Hornsea gulls

11 Jan

11/1/17 Went to Hornsea Mere with RL on Wednesday morning. Although windy viewing wasn’t too bad but couldn’t find the Great Northern Diver or Long-tailed Duck [see here]. Best of it was Peregrine lingering around Swan island and occasionally half-heartedly stooping at Black-headed Gulls. Moved round to Kirkholme Point where I found a Norwegian ringed Black-headed Gull.

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Norwegian ringed Black-headed Gull-Hornsea Mere

Moved to the sea-front where recently a few white-winged gulls had been seen. Picked out a Glaucous Gull on the sea off the Leisure Centre car park. Flew towards us then headed north. Went in hot pursuit and eventually, after been regularly flushed by dogs, it settled on the beach below the northern car park, remembered by long time local birders as previous site of the sea-watching shelter. Seemed happy and got close enough for some decent pictures.

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Juvenile Glaucous Gull-Hornsea sea-front

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Sanderling-Hornsea sea-front

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Turnstone-Hornsea sea-front

We headed north, checking the sea at a few sites, as far as Barmston but found nothing else. On the way up again failed to find any geese in the Low Skirlington area. Headed back south to Fosse Hill Pond where we added a first winter Mediterranean Gull as well as Kingfisher.

Year List: 93

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1w Mediterranean Gull with Black-headed Gull-Fosse Hill Pond

Finished the day back at Hornsea Mere hoping for another white-winged gull.

Red-throated Diver in Bridlington Harbour

3 Jan

3/1/17 Went to Hornsea Mere with RL and ML on Tuesday morning. Added most of the common wildfowl to the year list and Female Marsh Harrier hunting over the reedbed wasn’t a surprise but had none of the rarer birds seen late last year. The Barnacle Geese flock flew north over the hide and we went off to try to track them down with the hope of finding some rarer geese. Didn’t locate the flock so headed to Kirkholme Point where we saw the Barnacles flying back in. Had a Swedish ringed Black-headed Gull.

Swedish ringed Black-headed Gull

Checked the fields in the Low Skirlington area. Had seen a few Russian White-fronts and Pinkfeet with a large Greylag Goose flock on New Years Eve but couldn’t find them today. Next had a quick look from Skipsea Beach Club where I added Sanderling and Ringed Plover on the beach and Red-throated Diver on the sea. Then went to Bridlington where a Black-necked Grebe had recently been seen in harbour. Saw a couple of photographer leaving who had recently seen it. No sign of the Black-necked Grebe for us but had a Red-throated Diver, sometime just below us.

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Red-throated Diver in Bridlington Harbour

Added Turnstone, which were feeding around our feet, and several Redshank and Dunlin feeding on the exposed mud in the harbour.

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Turnstone-Bridlington Harbour

Year List: 62

More breeding birds at Tophill Low NR

8 Jul

8/7/15 Went to Tophill Low NR with RL on Wednesday morning to meet JH. A possible Ring-necked Duck had been on Watton NR yesterday so headed that way first. Although cooler than last week with frequent heavy showers there were still plenty of butterflies around O reservoir including our first Gatekeeper of the year.

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Gatekeeper-Tophill Low NR

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Large Skipper-Tophill Low NR

Having failed to see Bee Orchid so far this year was glad to find one in an area I’d not seen one before.

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Bee Orchid-Tophill Low NR

No sign of Ring-necked Duck on Watton NR and only a small number of Tufted Duck. However there were two Little Egrets increasing to four during a heavy shower.

DSCN7969Little Egrets-Watton NR

Also three Oystercatchers and a pair of Little Ringed Plover.
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Oystercatchers on Watton NR tern raft

A decent flock of Tufted Duck on O reservoir but again no Ring-necked Duck. On to South East where Lapwing numbers were now building up.

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Lapwing-South Marsh East.

Walking to the other South East Hide had an interesting micro moth.
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Argyresthia bonnetella-Tophill Low NR

Recent work on the marsh continues to pay dividends for breeding birds with many young Black-headed Gulls and Common Terns now on the wing.

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Families of Common Terns on South Marsh East.

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Recent Black-headed Gull chick following there parent.

Tophill Low NR’s first Lesser Black-backed Gull chick was looking well.

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Lesser Black-backed Gull adult and chick on South Marsh East.

Best news was the recently hatched family of four Little Ringed Plover chicks performing well just under the hide.

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Little Ringed Plover family on South Marsh East.

No sign of any of the recent Green Sandpipers.

Had a Kingfisher on South Lagoon.

Finally checked D reservoir but again no sign of a Ring-necked Duck among the Tufted Ducks. With the weather having deteriorated from a wet summer day to more like late autumn we called it a day.