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Birding around Hull

2 Jan

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.

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Goosander on East Park Lake in Hull

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Great Crested Grebe on East Park Lake in Hull

Next to Costello Playing Fields [Peter Pan Park] where we had eleven then to nearby Pickering Park where we had another three.

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Goosander on Costello Playing Fields Lake in Hull

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.

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Waxwings Strickland Street/Goulton Street in Hull

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.

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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.

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Peregrine from Goulton Street in Hull

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

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Arctic Tern at North Cave Wetlands

21 Oct

17/10 On Thursday having had a good look round Welton Waters and still with time to spare decided to head to North Cave Wetlands.

Had been informed by Stu Griffiths that a Great White Egret had been present briefly mid morning, but not seen by any regulars. Presumably the same bird had been seen this after at Tophill Low NR on Hempholme Meadows so was unlikely to return. Also a drake Mandarin had been on Island Mere on Wednesday but this wasn’t seen this morning.

However there was a lingering juvenile Arctic Tern on Main Lake so started in South Hide from where it was performing well.

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Juvenile Arctic Tern [above and below]

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Great Crested Grebe on Main Lake

Had a Green Sandpiper flying east then again later flying from Island Lake. A few Egyptian Geese were still with other feral geese on bank at the back. The three present last week had increase this morning and Gary Dayes had counted nine. Thanks to a text from Gary saw another six in the fields north of the reserve. Later had three flying from the north east so must have seen at least the nine.

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