Saturday, 18 March 2017

Scoping for a Scaup

Scaup
On Tuesday we travelled along part of the Hudson Way near Kiplingcotes.  One of the highlights was a Red Kite with roadkill.  It tried to pick it up several times, but was being mobbed by 2 crows, eventually another red Kite arrived, and it is believed this bird carried away the Rabbit.  Other birds seen included dozens of Yellowhammers, Buzzards, a Marsh Tit,  Bullfinches, Chaffinches, Red-legged Partridges, Fieldfare, singing Linnets, Greenfinch, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Long-tailed, Blue & Great Tits etc
Yellowhammer
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 Marsh Tit
 Red Kite with Roadkill mobbed by Crows
 Record shot of Combat
 Red Kite
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On Wednesday we had arranged a trip to a privately-owned hide on Hornsea Mere.  Here, we saw our first Scaup in 14 years, and not just one there were 5 of them; 2 drakes and 3 females.  We heard our first Chiffchaff on the walk in the woods.  The boats on the mere panicked the ducks in our direction.  I don't think we'd ever seen so many Goldeneye.  Also present were 4+ Marsh Harriers, GS Woodpeckers, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Treecreeper, Jay, Bullfinch, Heron, Cormorant.  A Cetti's Warbler sang just outside the hide, but remained unseen.
Goldeneye (c) 2017 Aileen Urquhart
 Tufted Ducks (c) 2017 Aileen Urquhart
 Goldeneye


Female Goldeneyes [& 1 Tufted] (c) 2017 Aileen Urquhart
 Pair of Scaup
 Drake Scaup
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 [From left] Goldeneye, Shoveler, Tufted Duck
 Flying Mixture
 Static Group
 Hornsea Mere from Wassand (c) 2017 Aileen Urquhart
 Male Marsh Harrier (c) 2017 Tony Robinson
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 Record Shot of pair of Marsh Harriers
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 Female Marsh Harrier
 Buzzard (c) 2017 Tony Robinson
 Treecreeper (c) 2017 Tony Robinson 
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 Chiffchaff
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 Great Spotted Woodpecker
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 Tufted Ducks (c) 2017 Aileen Urquhart
 Red Admiral (c) 2017 Aileen Urquhart
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 Dog Violets (c) 2017 Aileen Urquhart
 1st-winter Black-headed Gull (c) 2017 Aileen Urquhart
On Thursday and Friday we went to another site on the Wolds.  The weather was a bit better on the Thursday with brighter weather and only light winds.  Friday was more overcast, and the winds were cooler, stronger and more cutting.  On both days we saw Red Kites, Buzzards, over 20 Bramblings, Linnets, Redwings, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Tit, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Song & Mistle Thrushes, GS Woodpecker, etc.  A Grey Wagtail was seen once flying over a cottage, but we didn't see it in its accustomed place near the 'weir'.  
Red Kite
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 Treecreeper
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 Bramblings (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
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 Bramblings (c) 2017 Mike Woods
 Red Kite (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
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 Pied Wagtail (c) 2017 Mike Woods
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 Pied Wagtail (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
 Female Kestrel (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
 Red Kite