January 2013

January ended on a positive note with our highest ever total for the month of 69 species, previous being 68!
26th January 2013 Small flocks of fieldfare seen, some feeding on the Stray’s, a sparrowhawk attempted to take a fieldfare and flushed a couple of mistle thrush. Also present a flock of 155 greylag geese, common snipe, 40+ bar tailed godwit and 25 turnstone.
20th January 2013 4 (2♀, 2 ♂) goosander off Paull shipyard, 2 gadwall off lighthouses
Car Park Pond - Jan 2013 - PeterM

Car Park Pond – Jan 2013 – PeterM

19th January 2013 E wind with heavy snow previous night – cold and overcast- highlight of the morning was a superb male hen harrier over the far bank and main strays, closely followed by a woodcock. kestrel, red-legged partridge, 50+ fieldfare, redwing and long-tailed tit seen around the woods and paddock.
6 roe deer on farmland, 118 greylag, 6 gadwall on the river and ♀ ♂ goosander off Paull village

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13th January 2013 winds changed to a light N & NE – cold and overcast- 10,000+ golden plover and 500 lapwing over Paull Sands & main stray. Other waders included: turnstone, knot, dunlin, ringed plover, bar-tailed godwit, 300 black-tailed godwit on main stray, curlew, redshank
Shelduck, teal & wigeon still present in good numbers and a ♀ marsh harrier hunting over R Humber & main stray.
12th January 2013 –  report from Alan Walkington – Had quite a good day despite the cold chill! Managed to open the hide door this time, extra Weetabix did the trick. Not the best of timing as the tide was out, but still quite a bit to see. The usual Little Egret making quite a few showings, timid bird, too far away to get a photo. A Short Eared Owl floating about near the hide, a lot of Redshanks in winter plumage, large flocks of Golden Plover, Ringed Plover, Lapwings, Knot, smaller flocks of Curlew, Oystercatcher. The going was better this time on the banks, less muddy.
Golden Plover - Jan 2013 - Alan Walkington

Golden Plover – Jan 2013 – Alan Walkington

5th January 2013 – 15,000+ golden plover and 2000+ lapwing over Paull Sands. Other waders included: turnstone, knot, dunlin, ringed plover, bar-tailed godwit, black-tailed godwit, curlew, redshank and 15 sanderling on river foreshore from hide.
Shelduck, teal & wigeon all present in good numbers and a gadwall seen on river from hide. Barn owl, kestrel, ♀ ♂ bullfinch near Paull Holme Farm, marsh harrier over R Humber, 3 little egret, 21 greylag.
1st January 2013 – 15,000+ golden plover and 1000+ lapwing over Paull Sands. Other waders included: turnstone, knot, dunlin, ringed plover, bar-tailed godwit, and sanderling on river foreshore, kestrel, marsh harrier and sparrowhawk seen hunting over the strays.
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