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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hornsea Mere to Blacktoft.

Red Kite & Buzzard on M'way. Hornsea Mere - Lesser Whitethroat in full song eventually giving reasonable views from the bushes. Marsh Harrier, 2 pr Goldeneye, many Tufteds, few Shelduck, Shoveler & Gadwall, 2 Pochard. 1 GC Grebe, c60 Herring Gull, 1 each Little Egret, Reed Bunting & Willow Warbler, 2 singing Cettis Warbler. Plenty of Mute Swan & Greylag Geese, few Coot. Surprisingly not a single hurundine.
One Mallard had let a fresh egg slip loose nr the footpath so I lobbed it towards the Herring Gulls thinking it would be a snack. I was wrong, it scared them into flight and on return they weren't tempted by the now visible yolk etc.
After giving this very large area our best shot, we failed to find the Long-tailed Duck so on to...

Blacktoft Sands
Definitely on the quiet side but busy with Swallows, Sand & House Martins. We were greeted by a booming Bitttern, a noise I ain't heard in over 18 years. 2 Sedge Warblers showed themselves briefly at times as they buzzed away in close proximity to each other.
5 singing Cettis Warblers, one of which showed in brief flight. 2 Willow Warbler & 3 Chiffchaff singing.
What must be a first: not a single wader present.
2 Marsh Harrier, c22 BHG, 4 Pochard, few Greylags, Tufted, Shoveler & Shelduck, 1 Teal. Also couple Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, Greenfinch and several Tree Sparrow.

I am thankful to DW for the trip which at times proved frustrating for him (not me as a passenger for once!) and I'm really chuffed about the Lesser Whitethroat being a lifer for him.

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