Thursday, 6 June 2013

Great white in the river Hull

Things have calmed down a little of recent - certainly a noticeable decrease in warbler song on Saturday's reserve walk.  Cuckoo is still actively calling around the reserve - meaning individuals like this reed warbler by John Pickering need to keep an eye out:
However the undoubted highlight was picked out by John Leason on Monday night; Great white egret alighting in the trees next to North Marsh.  We surmise that it was the same bird which turned up at Hornsea Mere the following day and possibly even the same which had been seen at Alkborough Flats earlier that morning as per here

It was refound again today by John Wilkinson this morning on Hempholme Meadows where it made repeated visits throughout today - last seen at 19:52 heading back there over North Marsh when Vaughan Grantham snapped it:
Elsewhere a couple of garganey on Watton NR on Tuesday the best of the rest.  Things always go quiet in breeding season - so to look on the bright side autumn starts in 9 days! First green sandpiper on the return journey usually expected around the 15th of June!  Green silver lines livened up the moth trap on Wednesday morning: