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Migrants

11 Oct

9/10/16 Started Sunday morning with RL and ML looking for a Yellow-browed Warbler at Paull church [see here]. No luck but had a few Chiffchaff including one singing. Also a few Redwing.

Next headed for Atwick but report of a possible Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler in the potato field at Spurn Point made us retrace our route then continue to Kilnsea. Parking near Crown and Anchor there was no sign of any real interest so just walked the road east. Good numbers of Robin. Also had a Redstart in the hedgerow  where I’d seen the Masked Shrike as well as my first Fieldfare of the autumn.

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Fieldfare-Kilnsea-RL

Next walked Beacon Lane. Had  small flock of Brambling.

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Brambling-Beacon Lane, Kilnsea-RL

Also a acrocephalus warbler but couldn’t make it anything other than Reed.

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Reed Warbler-Beacon Lane, Kilnsea-RL

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Chiffchaff-Beacon Lane, Kilnsea-RL 

Back at Bluebell Corner several Goldcrest were showing well in weeds.

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Goldcrest-Bluebell Corner, Kilnsea

Got back to the car as the Olive-backed Pipit was reported again along Vicars Lane. Showed well eventually, at close range behind the gas terminal fence although it made photography awkward.

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Olive-backed Pipit-Vicars Lane, Easington

Went into Easington but there was no further sign of the Pallas’s Warbler behind White Horse Inn. Headed to the cemetery where a Firecrest had been seen. No sign of it but had a nice male Red-breasted Flycatcher.

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Male Red-breasted Flycatcher-Easington Cemetery-RL 

10/10/16 Monday out again with RL. Started at Hornsea Mere. Nothing of note although there was a solitary Pink-footed Goose on Kirkholme Point.

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Pink-footed Goose-Hornsea Mere on Kirkholme Point.

Checked the trees around Atwick churchyard where a Blackcap and a few Redwing and Goldcrest were the best of it. At Far Grange added a Chiffchaff. Finally after a look on D reservoir had a look for migrants at Tophill Low NR. Found nothing but with the continuing mild weather there were still plenty of dragonflies on the wing.dscn3130

Migrant Hawker-Tophill Low NR

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Common Darter-Tophill Low NR

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Slow start to 2016

4 Jan

1/1/16 With RL performing I was on my own for the start of the year. Bit icy so went for a long walk with the dogs in Cottingham. Nice start with a Grey Wagtail along the drain behind Millbeck Court. The dogs didn’t let it settle long enough to photograph though. Walked as far as Creykebeck Substation then back via the park. Nothing elae of real note but a Grey Heron isn’t an everyday sighting in the village and Redwing, Bullfinch and Goldcrest were nice.

After a rest went out again but only “little dog” was up for it. Went to check some fields at the north end of Northmoor Lane where I had seen both Barn and Short-eared Owl early last year. No luck but had a Buzzard and unusally a Curlew.

Year total 36. Not actually year listing but Birdtrack does it for me.

2/1/16 Another long walk. Again only “little dog” was up for it. Headed for the bushes at the south end of Snuff Mill Lane. However on crossing the railway line the dog wouldn’t to go any further. Pity as there were plenty of small stuff including a year first Tree Sparrow. Song Thrush was another year tick. Headed to Priory Road then across the fields to Wood Lane. Hadn’t been sure about this route but someone had constructed a make-shift bridge across the ditch that had block my progress recently. Add Greylag Goose flying over. The burnt out car was still in the fields. No surprise it hasn’t been removed as I still can’t work out how it was driven there. Wanted to continue towards Springhead Golf Course but the dog again had different ideas and we headed home.

Year total 39.

3/1/16 Thought I better see some more birds today so went to North Cave Wetlands late morning. Added a good selection of waterfowl on Village Lake as well as Redshank then did the Maize Field feeders. A screen has been erected since my last visit which makes viewing easier. Managed a few shots of one of the three Bramblings present and was surprised to see a Lesser Redpoll in the pictures despite not seeing it with bins later.

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♂.Brambling with Goldfinch+Lesser Redpoll

Also saw the Marsh Tit, which may be a site tick for me. Started raining but decided to to keep going. Had Little Egret on reedbed with nearly fifty Shelduck. However the weather got worst and I couldn’t locate the two Little Owls by the new excavations. The weather showed no sign of improving so just had a quick look from Crosslands and South Hide then headed home.

As this also my ‘biking” blog I’ll do a quick comment on riding in the rain. Wouldn’t plan a long ride in winter rain but my jacket and post office over-trousers keep me comfortable on shorter jounrneys. Anyone who. like me, rode in the seventies will remember banana skin tyres and brakes that didn’t work when wet [this goes for Japanese bikes anyway. The Brembo brakes on the Moto Guzzi V50 I brought in 1981 worked fine]. Now though neither tyres nor brakes cause concern. You don’t brake, corner or accelerate as hard in the wet but there is no need to ‘tiptoe’. With anti-lock brakes now mandatory and almost universal traction control future wet weather biking will be a breeze?! The only problem was the driver behind me who came too close on corners but then was left well behind on the straight. I remember a TV public information broadcast many years ago that warned against this sort of driving, maybe it needs a re-run?

A late night walk got a Tawny Owl calling at Hallgarth care home.

Year total 60.

4/1/18 Had a walk up Priory Road this morning but again “little dog” wasn’t in the mood so only had a look through the gulls in the paddock before heading back.

Went to Tophill Low NR with RL this afternoon. Nothing much at the south end so walked to the top of D reservoir to waste some time before settling down in car park hide to do the gull roost. A few geese flew from Decoy Fields onto the reservoir. Only Greylags left in the field but with reports on the pager wasn’t surprise to find an adult Eurasian White-fronted Goose with the others on the reservoir.

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Eurasian White-fronted Goose with Greylags

Got a few distant shots before it flew back to the fields where it was reasonably close when we walked back along “straight road”.DSCN9785

Eurasian White-fronted Goose

 Also had a close encounter with a Barn Owl hunting North Scrub.

Doing the roost later I picked up a first winter Mediterranean Gull. Flew but eventually landed on the wall then back onto the reservoir. Picked it [or another] out much closer. RL also found another first and a second winter. Disappointingly had none of the Little Gulls from last night.

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1st winter Mediterranean Gull