Sunday, 30 January 2011

A Week Backwards

Friday - East Park
Goosander - female
Goosander - Drakes
Goosander - Drake
Goosander - Drake
Goosander - female
Goosander - female
Tufted Duck - male
Pochard - male
Pochard - male
Goosander - female
Treecreeper (above) - not a common sight in East Park
Scum (below)
Coot's foot
Togetherness - is a pair of Corvids
Thursday - Potteric Carr
Jay - First time I've seen one with its crest raised
Great Spotted Woodpcker (female)
Willow Wit
Siskin - female
Reed Bunting (male)
Wednesday - Tophill Low
Brambling (c) 2011 Aileen Urquhart
Goldeneye [drake] (c) 2011 Aileen Urquhart
Goldeneye [drake] (c) 2011 Aileen Urquhart
Sunbathing Fox
Blackcap on home feeders
Tuesday - Hornsea
Goldeneye (c) 2011 Chris Cox
Treecreeper (c) 2011 Chris Cox
Friday's class was at East Park, although the morning group went on a fruitless search for local Waxwings. The most unusual bird was the singing male Treecreeper, but the best birds were probably the 16 Goosanders. Also seen: 5 Mistle Thrushes, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Redwing, Sparrowhawk, and a Siskin flew over.
Thursday's class was at Potteric Carr, whwere we had the best views we've ever had of Lesser & Mealy Redpolls. Also present: Siskin, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, dozens of Bullfinches, Reed Buntings, etc.
Wednesday at Tophill Low brought 2 Woodcock at the Visitor centre, but no sign of a Smew. The sunbathing Fox was an afternoon highlight. Other sightings: Goldeneye, Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Shelduck, Redshank etc. The Orange-Morph Great Spotted Woodpecker was on a Silver Birch in the Treatment Works.
Tuesday was at Hornsea, where we heard a Nuthatch - a very scarce bird in East Yorkshire, plus Treecreeper, Goldeneye, Pochard, Tufted Duck etc.

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