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Birding from the new Tophill Low NR Visitors Centre

12 Mar

12/3/17 Went to Tophill Low NR with ML and RL on Sunday morning. Started in D reservoir Middle Hide. The long staying female Long-tailed Duck was still present but kept close in the the near side so was difficult to see and even harder to photograph.


Female Long-tailed Duck on D reservoir.

The main purpose of the trip was to attend the meeting of those volunteering to help out in the new Visitors Centre. I’ll gloss over any details of the place as Richard will do a better job and some of the more interesting features are yet to be completed. The main room of visitors centre features full height windows over looking the reservoir but because of the essential anti-birdstrike coating they aren’t optically perfect. They give a good panoramic view but to get a better look or take pictures the adjacent ‘members hide’ is essential. Only has a fraction of the capacity of the now demolished Carpark Hide but being higher and nearer the reservoir the viewing is an improvement.


Pair of Red-crested Pochard on D reservoir

Also can again view the reservoir with out the long muddy walk to Middle Hide.

There are feeders viewable from a side window and these seem fine for photography.



Siskin on Visitors Centre feeders.


A few Chiffchaff are now singing but couldn’t hear the one by South Lagoon on the way out. Nothing else of interest reported on the reserve but with migrants; including Garganey,  Little Ringed Plover and Sand Martin; seen in the county this weekend, things should get interesting soon.


First winter Citrine Wagtail at Danes’ Dyke.

9 Nov

DSCN5597Cliff face at Danes’ Dyke, Flamborough

On the Wednesday 5th November a first winter Citrine Wagtail was found on the beach at South Landing, Flamborough. Still present on Thursday it wasn’t seen on Friday but relocated nearby to the west on the beach at Danes’ Dyke on Saturday.

9/11/14 Out Sunday morning as usual with RL and ML. Both RL and I had seen Citrine Wagtail before including in Yorkshire but ML needed it so headed for Danes’ Dyke. Surprised that East Yorkshire CC were still charging for parking as in the past all the Flamborough carparks were free afternoon half-term. However can’t greedy when a quality bird is on site.

Walked down the ravine to the beach and noticed the swarms of flies over the rotting sea weed, obviously the reason the wagtails and pipits were in the area. Spent a short while with others birders looking at 2 Pied Wagtails before seeing a larger crowd to east and were soon watching the Citrine feeding at the base of the cliff. With the number of birders present we stayed at a good distance [hence not the best picture!?].


1w Citrine Wagtail-Danes’ Dyke, Flamborough


Birders watching Citrine Wagtail at Danes’ Dyke.

While we were watching the wagtail a Woodcock flew in, apparently off the sea, and alighted on rocks below the wagtail. We all give up on the Citrine to get pictures of the new arrival.


Woodcock-Danes’Dyke, Flamborough 

When we looked up for the wagtail however it had gone, apparently having flown west, possibly flushed by the Woodcock. Went looking for it but wasn’t on views but had several Rock Pipits.


Rock Pipit in a cloud of flies.

Although we didn’t see it again The Citrine Wagtail wasn’t missing long and showed all afternoon. A Water Pipit was still at South Landing but we did the sea between Barmston and Atwick finishing at Hornsea Mere where we had all 3 Slavonian Grebes for the first time in a week as well as a pair of Red-crested Pochard but no sign again of the Red-necked Grebe.


There was some questions about the Citrine Wagtail but now seem resolved. I’m not going to go into them as others do it better so See here.