Tag Archives: Little Stint

Little Stint at Tophill Low NR

25 Aug

25/8/16 Went to Tophill Low NR with RL and ML on Thursday morning. A Little Stint was found by JL on Wednesday evening and fortunately still present on North Lagoon this morning.

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Little Stint at Tophill Low NR on North Lagoon

Only one Curlew Sandpiper today as well as sixteen Ruff, two Greenshank and two Common Sandpiper. A Ringed Plover flew over.

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Curlew Sandpiper and Ruff at Tophill Low NR on North Lagoon

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Grey Wagtail at Tophill Low NR on North Lagoon

Little else reported from the rest of the reserve. After lunch in car park hide we headed to do some work on Watton NR but were accosted on route by a birder who reported a Great White Egret on there. Abandoned our wheelbarrows and went to the borrow pit hide but no sign of an egret. However when we got to the pit a Little Egret got up with the geese.

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Watton NR [Little Egret is the white dot left of the public hide].

Cleared the Ragwort, not too arduous as regular pulling over the years is doing its job.

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Ragwort in the wheelbarrow.

Finishing that we hacked down the vegetation threatening to obscure the view from the public hide.

Walking back late afternoon checked North Lagoon again. All present with the addition of a Dunlin. The Curlew Sandpiper was very close but light wasn’t too good. Torrential rain as we left.

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Spotted Crake at North Cave Wetlands

18 Aug

17/8/16 A Spotted Crake seen briefly by MU at North Cave Wetlands on Reedbed on Sunday evening then relocated by TC early Tuesday evening. I’d missed the previous twitchable one due to not bothering to go the same evening but fortunately after not been seen again that evening this one was seen again Wednesday morning.  As I wasn’t too fit thought I’d leave it until the afternoon. A Whinchat had been seen yesterday near the maize field so I  had a quick look on the way to the Reedbed. Getting there the crake hadn’t been seen for c2 hours. Joined PW in St.Helen’s Farm viewpoint and wasn’t long before he’d located it.

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St Helen’s Farm viewpoint at North Cave Wetland [“the hide without a back”]

 

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Reedbed at North Cave Wetlands looking toward the western edge which the Spotted Crake inhabits.

Watched it for a good time although always distant, and in cover much of the time, along western edge of the pit. Later joined GD and RH near the seat at the western end where it was a bit closer although the light and distance still made it impossible to get a clear photo.

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The best Spotted Crake shot I got!!

Also on the Reedbed were a Greenshank, 2 Redshank and 2 Common Tern.

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Redshank on Reedbed at North Cave Wetland. A surprisingly scarce inland wader at the moment.

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Yellow Wagtail on Reedbed at North Cave Wetlands

Went for another look for Whinchat with SG but again no sign but had a few Corn Bunting. We went to check the new workings from Crosslands Hide. Two Egyptian Geese, a Common Sandpiper and two Lesser Black-backed Gull were on the slurry lagoon and three Greenshank and the Bar-headed Goose on Cell A.

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Egyptian Geese on slurry lagoon at North Cave Wetlands

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Bar-headed Goose on Cell A at North Cave Wetlands

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Common Tern on the tern raft on Main Lake at North Cave Wetlands

Thanks to a call from SG had two Green Sandpipers and a Ruff from the gate near the entrance before I left.

18/8/26 Had a quick look at High Eske NR on Thursday morning. The ‘summer islands’ were covered and there was sign of the Little Stint. However there were two Green Sandpipers on the main island and two Common Sandpipers on the east shore.

Went back to North Cave Wetlands with JH early afternoon. Hadn’t been seen for a good while but soon after sitting down in the viewpoint I located it and we watched it walk the length of the west side. The light was initially better than yesterday being a bit earlier. Also had three Greenshank and two Little Ringed Plover. MU had seen the the Whinchat on the Snipe field fence. We had a look but no sign however saw it distantly back on the fence from Turret Hide later. Also had the two Egyptian Geese on Village Lake. Had three Snipe and a Green Sandpiper on Dryham Ings from the gate near the entrance.

Pectoral Sandpiper at Tophill Low NR

16 Aug

16/8/16 Tuesday had arranged to go out with RL and ML late morning. Had time for a quick walk in Cottingham to the fields on the corner of Dunswell Road and New Village Road. Had an adult Green Woodpecker again as well family parties of Willow Warbler and Whitethroat.

A Pectoral Sandpiper had been seen by visitors at Tophill Low NR on Monday evening. Its continued presence on South Marsh East was reported just as my friends arrived so we headed that way.

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South Marsh East at Tophill Low NR

Located it pretty quickly from the 1st hide but was distant so after getting a few records shots went round to back-to-back hide where it was closer.

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Pectoral Sandpiper at Tophill Low NR on South Marsh East

It was in company with 3 Ruff. Also 3 Greenshank and at least 4 Green Sandpiper.

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Greenshank at Tophill Low NR on South Marsh East

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Ruff at Tophill Low NR on South Marsh East

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Green Sandpiper with Teal at Tophill Low NR on South Marsh East

A Peregrine was circling ominously to the east. A bit worrying as the last Pectoral Sandpiper on 23/9/10 had been taken by a Sparrowhawk while RL and I watched and before RH got there. This one will be a site tick for him! This is my first since one on Swine Moor in October 2014. Last year was my first blank, probably since I first ticked one at Tophill Low NR in September 1990.

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Common Blue Butterfly [male above. Female below]

DSCN2406Had a drink in car park hide but nothing of interest on D reservoir. Did North Lagoon on the way out where there were another 3 Green Sandpiper.

Next was High Eske NR. Initially didn’t look good with with all the rocks, old field drains and mummified tree trucks providing plenty of cover but eventually the Little Stint was located along with two Common Sandpiper, Dunlin and a too brief Ruff. We all took loads of pictures but mine were no improvement on yesterday.

Little Stint at High Eske NR

15 Aug

15/8/15 Monday the moth trap catch was again poor with only Canary-shouldered Thorn of interest.

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Canary-shouldered Thorn-Cottingham

With nothing to detain me got to High Eske NR reasonably early. Hopefully less hectic than last visit. The water level was low and the summer islands were showing. At one time these islands were above water most of the summer and Common Tern bred but due to winter erosion and higher water levels in recent wet summers they only appear occasionally. An initial scan only found a juvenile Common Tern, with likely one of its parents on a nearby post. Started checking the wildfowl. Found a possible Garganey but it was asleep. Getting tired of watching it I scanned the islands again and quickly found a juvenile Little Stint with a Ringed Plover.

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Juvenile Little Stint with Ringed Plover-High Eske NR

The only my previous record of Little Stint, I recall, was during the influx in 1996. In fact this is my first record since one on Swine moor in September 2014. No hope of one there currently as the site dried out last week.

Walked north to Leven Carrs as I hadn’t checked it last week. Nothing doing so walked back south and around the western NR path.

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Southern Hawker-High Eske NR

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Ringed Plover with Lapwing-High Eske NR

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High Eske NR ‘summer islands’ from western path.

The Little Stint and Ringed Plover were still on the island now joined by two Dunlin and  a Common Sandpiper flew in.

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Little Stint, Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper-High Eske NR

A Sparrowhawk got the Lapwing up but the other waders stayed put and were all present when I left mid afternoon.

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Common Carpet moth-High Eske NR

More waders at Tophill Low NR

16 Aug

16/8/15 Went to Hornsea Mere with JH on Sunday morning. A Little Stint had been seen on Kirkholme Point earlier but no sign late morning but the the regular Dunlin.

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Dunlin-Hornsea Mere

Had a least five Little Gulls including two on the jetties but disturbed before we got in camera range.

Went round to Wassand Hall. Had a Common Frog was along the woodland walk to the hide.

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Common Frog-Hornsea Mere.

No sign of yesterday’s Red-necked Grebe or little else of notice. A row boat that had somehow missed the boundary signs, after been shown the error of our their ways, gave the cue to leave.

Went on the Bewholme Hall. Had had four Black-tailed Godwit, seven Ruff and 3 Dunlin yesterday and all but the Dunlin seemed to be present today.

Finished the day at Tophill Low NR. Started in car park hide. Found a drake Redhead-like duck, either a hybrid or aberrant Pochard on D reservoir. Also the over summering drake Goldeneye was sat on the steps and a Common Sandpiper flew over.

Next was North Lagoon, the current highlight of the reserve. After missing them last Sunday were glad to see two Wood Sandpipers.

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Wood Sandpipers-N.Lagoon-Tophill Low NR

Also a Greenshank and at least eight Green Sandpipers but no Ruff.

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Greenshank and Wood Sandpiper-N.Lagoon-Tophill Low NR

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Greenshank-N.Lagoon-Tophill Low NR

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Wood Sandpiper-N.Lagoon-Tophill Low NR [above and below]

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Green Sandpiper-N.Lagoon-Tophill Low NR

The juvenile Water Rail was still impersonating a Spotted Crake.

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juvenile Water Rail-N.Lagoon-Tophill Low NR

Short of time so had a quick look around the south end. Post breeding South Marsh East was quiet but a Wood Sandpiper was seen by friends after I left. Likely from North Lagoon as there were few waders left on a quick visit on the way back south. Did have a large swimming Grass Snake below the first South Marsh East hide but too obscured by vegetation to photograph. One Green Sandpiper on South Marsh West. Little Egret on Watton NR. Also a herd of cattle. This reserve, adjacent to but not part of Tophill Low NR, has finally been sold, by the Environment Agency, to a sympathetic owner who has handed management to the warden Richard Hampshire and his volunteers. As part of this management, cattle from the adjacent farm will be allowed on as conservation grazers as the Belted Galloway do on Hempholme Meadows and South Scrub.
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Cattle grazing Watton NR

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Harlequin Ladybird on Ragwort-South Scrub-Tophill Low NR

Two days at North Cave Wetlands

18 May

13/5 Went to North Cave Wetlands on Tuesday afternoon. Started in East Hide from where a pair of nesting Mediterranean Gulls could be seen.

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Pair of Mediterranean Gulls-Village Lake

Then set off to do Main Lake for the first summer Little Gull and Dryham Ings for wader but was told about a Little Stint on Reedbed. Informed SG who had just left and headed for the Reedbed.

Two Pink-footed Geese were still with the Greylags in the fields north of the reserve.

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Pink-footed Geese

The Little Stint wasn’t visible initially but not long after SG arrived he picked it up a small wader close in in the north-east corner. Not familiar with Little Stint in that plumage and with no other waders nearby to get an idea of size we weren’t sure if this was the bird.

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Little Stint-Reedbed

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Another shot of the Little Stint. The hind claw confirming it wasn’t a Sanderling.

The only other small waders we could find were a few Little Ringed Plovers but they never came close. With the heavy rain and having got a few good photos we left the site passing GED on the way. It was only later went GED had the wader with a Dunlin for comparison was it confirmed as a Little Stint, although of an unfamiliar plumage.

18/5 Got a call from SG mid morning Sunday morning that a Red-necked Phalarope was on Reedbed. There with in an hour with JH. On the way to Reedbed had a Stoat briefly on the path near East Hide. The Phalarope was showing fairly close although mobile.

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Female Red-necked Phalarope-Reedbed

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Family of Black-headed Gulls-Reedbed

A moth caterpillar was crawling across the path as we were leaving Reedbed.

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Probable Garden Tiger

On the way out had another look at the nesting Mediterranean Gulls.

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Adult Mediterranean Gull-Village Lake

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Second summer Mediterranean Gull-Village Lake