Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Kit’s and Cat’s

No sightings of the cattle egret in the first part of the week, but Derrick managed to re-find it at Easingwold Farm this afternoon again. Derrick has also managed to get the Hull Valley Website back up and running again so it’s always worth a look to see what else is on the go around the area.

Steve Brimble meanwhile witnessed this little egret making a rapid exit from a pheasant shoot across the river (and escaped fine as one would expect):

Again iceland gull has turned up – this time on ‘O’ res courtesy of HVWG:

It is worth noting HVWG’s observation on the fluctuation in numbers on the roost 4000 on the 28th and 22,000 yesterday. As with most nights Mediterranean gull (1st winter) was also to be found too.

Elsewhere egyptian goose was present on Watton with the two smew, pintail, black tailed godwit and redshank, and short-eared owl at Struncheonhill.

We'll be trying to take in some of these on the reserve walk on Saturday morning at 10am - all abilities welcome - but please expect a steady pace!.

Finally a local brought us this kittiwake from his garden in Leconfield which was released onto D res and presumably was OK. We do occasionally get kittiwakes on the reservoirs – but I’m not sure that this one counts for the year list if you release it on site!