Male Bearded Tit
Black-headed Gulls [1st winter left]
After the lavatories had been left behind we reached the main lake. We did a circumnavigation of the lake and reached the back of the final island. Margaret spotted a young Heron almost completely concealed by Willow twigs. On the boardwalk just above the water a Kingfisher was seen, which flew across the water to the back of the second island. We continued round when someone spotted two Great Crested Grebes, which soon began to make some angry grunting sounds. We witnessed the Grebes forcing a Coot off their planned nest site.
We found three Goldcrests in the sunken garden area, but it started to rain, and we made for the car parking area. We were almost back when Gill spotted a Treecreeper, soon another one was also seen
Great Spotted Woodpecker (c) 2020 Aileen Urquhart
Rock Pipit (c) 2020 Tony Robinson
Record shot of Great Crested Grebes
Record shot of Red-throated Diver
Record shot of Goldcrest (c) 2020 Aileen Urquhart
The woodland areas were rather quiet, but we eventually saw Chaffinches, Goldfinches, a couple of Greenfinches and two pairs of Bullfinches. Behind the zoo Tony found a Goldcrest, which seems to want to display its crest most of the time. Another one joined it briefly. We were almost back at the cars when two pairs of Song Thrushes were observed among the leaf litter and the opening Winter Aconites.
Some of the Wednesday am group went on to the lighthouse area looking for Snow Buntings and Lapland buntings. They had distant views of those, but better sightings of a Stonechat and a Short-eared Owl.
Stonechat (c) 2020 Tony Robinson
Short-eared Owl (c) 2020 Tony Robinson
On Thursday we revisited East Park, so many of the species seen were the same as on Tuesday morning. However, the light was much better at first, so the photo opportunities were greater. It did cloud over towards the end of the morning though.
Female Chaffinch - note green rump
On Friday we crossed the Humber for our first visit of the year to Ness End. The light was perfect, but there was a cooler wind than we’d known so far this year. At first it was rather quiet apart from 3 female Goldeneye. We were just about to go when I spotted the Bittern down the right-hand channel near the reeds at the fringe. It was sky-pointing at first, but soon brought its bill down and looked hunched. A few minutes later it pointed into the sky again before launching itself across the lake, then it disappeared into the reeds on the opposite side.Bittern
We set off on the periphery path and we were looking across an area that had been cleared fairly recently when I heard to distinctive pinging of some Bearded Tits. As we stood watching a pair came closer and closer until the male was perfectly lit by the sun.Bearded Tit
From Ness End hide in which the sun was almost too bright we saw a very hidden Cetti’s Warbler, plus a Bullfinch and a Treecreeper. We could hear a Water Rail, but it remained concealed in the reedbed. In the afternoon most of these had gone, but two white-bearded gents were staring straight out of the hide when we arrived. It took Chris to point out that there was a Bittern just a few feet away, giving what has been called crippling views.Goldeneye
Goldeneye (c) 2020 Mike Woods
Kestrel (c) 2020 Mike Woods
Record shot of Redwing (c) 2020 Mike Woods
Gadwall (c) 2020 Mike Woods
Marsh Harrier (c) 2020 Mike Woods
Harrier v. Crow (c) 2020 Mike Woods
Cormorants (c) 2020 Mike Woods
Bittern (c) 2020 Mike Woods
gulp (c) 2020 Mike Woods
close-up (c) 2020 Mike Woods
Mute Swans (c) 2020 Mike Woods
Mistle Thrush (c) 2020 Mike Woods
Sunset (c) 2020 Mike Woods