Saturday, February 09, 2019

Goosander and Scaup

though there were less Tufted Ducks after the ice disappeared today the flock held a drake Goosander and three Scaup had joined the resident male, a first-winter drake and two ducks






Red-necked Grebe

bright low sun and odd coloured water and its impossible to get low down where it was today as the bank is covered in chest high brambles --






early season grebe displays

this Great Crested Grebe performed the wing arched display to three other birds nearby and the Red-necked Grebe then copied the display within seconds

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Richard's Pipit surprise

February is not the sort of date you expect to find anything much so when this cracking Richard's Pipit jumped up this morning it was quite a surprise but found one on the Humber in February - March 2016 so its not unprecedented but as last autumn was so poor for them on the coast its still unexpected -- all median coverts moulted and new --










Monday, February 04, 2019

Red-necked Grebe

as the cold snap disappears this Red-necked Grebe that popped up in the fog last Thursday appears to be the only cold induced arrival on the local pits; Pochard numbers rose to a massive 27 simply not conceivable in the mid 1980's when up to 2000 used to winter -- Goldeneye are also hovering around the 30 mark but again only 10 years ago there were up to 650 on the Humber in winter -- the times they have a changed