On Tuesday we tried out Stone Creek. This was the first time we had actually met at the venue rather than share cars from Paull. Everyone seemed to find it OK, even those who ignored the directions. Immediately we had a couple of Yellowhammers on the wires. We checked out the estuary and a couple of drains before tackling the flood bank. The hedge was actually dripping with Redwings and a smaller number of Fieldfare. We saw a young Peregrine unsuccessfully making an attempt to take one of the winter Thrushes, before it headed off north. On returning to the cars, Steve and myself glimpsed a Kingfisher speeding away from us.
On Wednesday we caught up with Danes Dyke. There was a Nuthatch in the car park, and a pair of Eiders on the sea, as well as a massive influx of Redwings. In the afternoon the Eiders has been replaced by a Red-throated Diver, which even seemed to be sparring a remnant of its red throat.
Overexposed Yellow-Browed Warbler
Great Crested Grebe
Roe Deer (c) 2020 Mike Hind
After the Weds am class, several attendees went on to the lighthouse area, which seemed to be rather rewarding.
Eiders (c) 2020 Tony Robinson
Goldcrest (c) 2020 Tony Robinson
Immature Spotted Flycatcher (c) 2020 Tony Robinson
Meadow Pipit (c) 2020 Tony Robinson
On Tuesday afternoon I had a look at the fungi in Burton Bushes. Many specimens had been wantonly destroyed, but below are the best which remained.
"Death by Chocolate"
Thursday and Friday were wonderfully calm, so we were able to catch up with Paull. Wigeon were the first birds seen floating on the river, or after lunch sitting on the seaweed-covered rocks. There were plenty of waders on the mudflats including Dunlin, Curlews, Redshank, several Knot, plus single Oystercatcher, Turnstone, and even a Little Stint on Thurs am. The latter had been flushed by an angler in the afternoon. An immature Wheatear on the rocks was the finest passerine seen, but that had pushed off after lunch. Redwings were literally falling out of the sky on both days. Bramblings were heard from the car parking area on Friday morning.
Wheatear (c) 2020 Paul Green
Stonechat (c) 2020 Symon Fraser
Slow Worm (c) 2020 Symon Fraser
Seals (c) 2020 Symon Fraser
Gaff Rigged Cutter!! (c) 2020 Symon Fraser
Curlew (c) 2020 Jane Robinson
Bar-tailed Godwit (c) 2020 Mike Woods
Long-tailed Tit (c) 2020 Jane Robinson
Long-tailed Tit (c) 2020 Mike Woods
Pink-footed Geese (c) 2020 Mike Woods
Dunnock (c) 2020 Mike Woods
Shieldbug (c) 2020 Jane Robinson
Cacti (c) 2020 Mike Woods
Cormorant (c) 2020 Symon Fraser
Oystercatcher (c) 2020 Symon Fraser
Meadow Pipit (c) 2020 Symon Fraser
"Rock-Puffin" Cormorant (c) 2020 Symon Fraser