Tuesday, December 17, 2013

1w Black Brant

Checking through the brents near Beacon Ponds this morning I noticed a large neck collar on a bird that I thought would be worth a check for Black Brant, I was surprised to see that it belonged to a 1cy/1w bird! Having never seen a 1w bird before I was initially a bit cautious but having done some research online this afternoon I'm happy that it is indeed a 1w Black Brant, a very educational bird.

Bird didn't appear to be associating with any other adults or 1w birds.

large white neck collar with a small break at the back

contrasting white flank patch, not as extensive as in adults

Unbroken neck collar at the front with a thick base line 

Showing the darker mantle shade when compared to 1w DB Brent, not as black as an adult

no brown tones noted on the mantle unlike 1w DB Brent

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Ivory Gull Pat Haven

Mad twitch north as it was getting dark this evening, bit of rally style driving with Smithy as my guide and a mad sprint along the path out from the car park, but managed to get to Patrington Haven to see this beauty of a 1w Ivory Gull before it was dark, bird was feeding on a small amount of fish presumably discarded by local fisherman by the pumping station and flew out onto the Humber and sat not too far off the saltmarsh at high tide.

Spoke to a fisherman yesterday in Canal Scrape car park who said he had seen an Ivory Gull on the beach at the north side of the Caravan site, took it with a pinch of salt as he said it was an adult but had some black in its wing, this bird is a fairly white 1w with little black around the face and body and so without optics you can imagine why the fisherman thought it was an adult! He saw it last thursday (5th) so maybe its hanging around?

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Spurn Flooding

Extensive flooding at Spurn on Thursday night, bit surreal to see, I'll let the photos do the talking.

Fire brigade evacuating Kilnsea, bit surreal getting the riot act read to us whilst having a pint in a flooded Crown and Anchor and basically being told that we will more than likely die

Water coming over the road near Kilnsea Wetlands

River Humber on the road at the Crown

The Crown car park

The morning after the night before

The Riverside Carpark

Looking across the triangle from Borrow Pit bank, about the only bit of land not under water! Canal Scrape on the left of picture!

Water flowing off Clubleys

The view from Numpties looking north from the Warren

The ringing Lab

The Trap and Warren Compound

Barry's old house and the back of the Warren compound

The front of the Warren

A Shelduck sat in the sheep field at the Warren! Note the debris on the road 

High tide warning....

The beach now comes up to the back of the Warren, with the footpath to the seawatching hide wiped out

Where the road has been wiped out south of the Warren

The 'road'

3 Telegraph poles were wiped out

The new road is now under 3ft of sand off the beach!

The road torn to pieces

Weren't allowed any further south than here due to live wires! Before there were 3 posts where there were no dunes protecting the road, now there is 8 post lengths!

The southern corner of the triangle overlooking Canal Scrape, the sheep narrowly survived on a small island

A casualty of the flood

Stonechat overlooking a very wet Kilnsea Wetlands car park

View from Kilnsea Wetlands hide

Short-eared Owl in front of a knackered Beacon Ponds hide

A lot of extra water on Beacon Ponds!

Little Tern breeding habitat....

The flow of water leaving ponds

The hide took a bit of a battering!

The ditch where the Great Snipe was filled with gas cylinders and debris from the Campsite

The view across the car park at the Bluebell and Borrowpit!

The campsite was badly affected with several caravans wrecked

No londer a Sandy Beach!