I like to get off nice and early and so I was in Canal Scrape hide for 7.30 a.m. A jack snipe was bobbing away but very much obscured by the vegetation. While I waited and hoped he'd emerge I watched a couple of water rails. Here's one of them. A common snipe was not far from the jack snipe and I hoped it might push the jack into view. If anything it had the opposite effect!
The jack snipe remained half-hidden... A yellow-browed was being shown at Church Field. As we watched the yellow-browed someone in the crowd said there was a pecker on the telegraph pole.
Kilnsea Wetlands was quiet at low tide. A ringed starling was on the wires by the car park... ...and some curlews were in the field over the road. I headed north for Hornsea hoping for little gulls on the jetties but there were none. A few dinghies were on the water. Wandering around Kirkholme Point a brightly-coloured dunlin flew in and landed almost at my feet on the narrow strip of mud.
The previously reported taiga bean goose was refound near North Marsh, Flamborough but only visible with a scope from Old Fall steps at the roadside.
I eventually saw it along with a small group of birders at the left hand end of a field of about 200 greylags. They took off and I managed to pick it out later at home as the geese flew off from the left with the taiga near the front. It's heavily cropped - the third bird from the left. General view of the flock in flight...
Thornwick Pool had dunlins again. Messing with camera settings I snapped this heron.
Final stop: Bempton Cliff. Situation normal: gannets and fulmar on show... ...and tree sparrows in the car park.
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