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10/1/16 In a higher gear at Hornsea Mere

10 Jan

5/1/16 Back to work on Tuesday and no chance of getting out. Did add Sparrowhawk to the year list on Cedar Drive though. This year I intend birding at work during the winter months at least and submitting interesting things like Starling numbers to Birdtrack.

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9/1/16 Saturday was the only easy day of the week and manged a ride up to Wauldby Sprogs but saw very few birds except a possible Marsh Tit that kept it’s distance.

10/1/16 Went to Hornsea Mere with RL on Sunday morning to meet JH at Kirkholme Point. The Slavonian Grebe was again showing well but still a bit distant for a good picture.


Slavonian Grebe-Hornsea Mere

Had a look from the tip but no sign of anything interesting and the colder weather wasn’t making it fun so moved to the shelter of the old hide. Haven’t spent much time there recently but in the past has proved a good place to view from. Proved so today with the drake Long-tailed Duck been found, followed by a first winter Little Gull then the Red-necked Grebe. All proved difficult to see and even more to photograph, with the duck and gull always staying distant but the grebe did manage to drift to just off Swan Island. Also had a male Marsh Harrier flying west in front the hide. Later had the same bird from Wassand Hide.

Had some interesting fungi leaving the hide.

{Mention of the “old hide” is not intended as a invitation to use it!!! but see here}


Velvet Shank-Hornsea Mere

Moved round to Wassand Hall carpark early afternoon. Walking towards the hide noticed a tit flock in a large tree near the first gate. One larger bird was sat in a branch junction tapping at a nut. I immediately called “Nuthatch” to JH who was able to see it before it flew off. RL had unfortunately gone to get air in a soft tyre. Texted him but although seen again he couldn’t get on it. Nuthatch has been seen in recent years usually on private feeders at the hall, but this was my first sighting. As it seems to like this area maybe putting some nuts near the gate might make it more visible.

Nothing new from Wassand Hide but did have an adult Little Gull flying west.


Male Marsh Harrier from Wassand Hide


View to the west of Wassand Hide.

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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.


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.


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.


Wood Sandpipers-N.Lagoon-Tophill Low NR

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


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


Greenshank-N.Lagoon-Tophill Low NR


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



Green Sandpiper-N.Lagoon-Tophill Low NR

The juvenile Water Rail was still impersonating a Spotted Crake.


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.

Cattle grazing Watton NR


Harlequin Ladybird on Ragwort-South Scrub-Tophill Low NR

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.