I’ve been on one or two trips this year so far doing a mixture of birding and photography.
My first trip out was a New Years Day visit to North Cave Wetlands. I only had an hour to blow the cobwebs away but 44 species was a nice start to the year.
Next a trip to South Holderness . I started off around Kilnsea and Easington and made my way to Stoney Creek. I hoped for the green winged teal and shorelark but had no joy with either. The wildfowl were nice to see as was a close up hare doing his best to avoid a dip on a chilly day. I did manage white fronted goose and whooper swan as small consolation. Then went on to Stoney Creek. I only had a very brief visit but still managed a cracking male hen harrier, twite and kingfisher as well as a lovely flock of yellowhammers and corn buntings.
A fishing trip in between birding yielded a nice red-throated diver and a red kite over the A1079 was a highlight whilst travelling to work.
The Big Garden Birdwatch produced a total of 13 species, the highlight being our resident blackcap feeding on mahonia flowers.
Another trip to South Holderness started at Welwick and produced another fine male hen harrier, marsh harrier, kestrel,buzzard and sparrowhawk as well as a few common waders and wildfowl.
Another try for the shorelarks at Easington proved successful to see them in nice light was an added bonus. I had a look on KIlnsea wetlands and Beacon Ponds but no sign of the green winged teal but a hunting peregrine falcon was nice.