Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Birding off the Christmas dinners

Big thanks to both HVWG and John H for their updates from yesterday at Tophill:

Female type goosander flew south over car park and 12 pintail flew west there.

Green-winged teal, smew, male pintail and two black-tailed godwit were on Watton NR along with c800 greylag geese and 70 (visible) white-fronts. At dusk 34 white-fronts flew toward WNR from a Field E of D res outlet (where earlier they could not be viewed because they were too close to the River Hull bank) therefore logged 104 min. 60 Curlews were also E of River.

Shooting disturbed the south end of the complex sending many extra ducks onto D res, including the green winged teal and for its only view today the garganey.

Three short-eared owl were about at Hempholme and ring-tailed hen harrier was logged ranging river bank to North Marsh at 15.00 – check out Rory’s updated blog for more owl pics here.

A 1st winter mediterranean gull flew onto D res for a while; translocating to O res prior to dusk. A female pintail was also on D res.

The tally of great-crested grebe was two. One per Res!

Another reminder; please remember the Jan 1st year listing event is cancelled – the reserve is still open and we’ll be hoping to get some kind of count – the new events programme should appear in early Spring.