Monday, 8 July 2013

Hornsea Mere and Wassand

 I went to Kirkholme in the morning, and then had a walk around Wassand Estate. Kirkholme was dominated by a very large flock of moulting Canada Geese resting with a few Greylags and the usual hybrid/domestic geese assortment. The noisy Jackdaw flock included many juveniles, and hirundines and swifts flew overhead. As I approach the point, a flock of Canadas swims in a line with the backdrop of Swan Island (above). No Little Gulls on the jetty, just some mallards and Black Headed gulls.
 A family of swans provided some entertainment. First, the male was preening on the shore, feathers falling to the ground as he vigorously, and noisily! rubbed his flanks, chest and belly.

A little further, by the jetties, the female and three cygnets. One of them giving the impression that it already felt quite grown up, as it was chasing the mallards, that were more or less its size. The quarrelsome cygnet approached me and I offered my hand. It hissed and pecked me several times! I won't be messing with it when it grows up.
 At Wassand, despite the overcast sky and drizzle, many Ringlets and Meadow Browns on the wing around the meadows, with Common Blue Damselflies. Just before I left, I spotted a Jay and watched it on a large oak before it flew away.
The lone black swan 
Cygnet chasing duck
Just before hissing at me.
Canada greylag hybrid goose
A curious young Jackdaw
Chinese goose greylag hybrid
Rabbit in Wassand (as all the following photos)
Male Common Blue damselfly
Meadow Brown
Female Common Blue Damselfly with lunch
Half a mole? on the side of the path. Head and front legs missing.
Bird List (Kirkholme)
  1. Black Swan        
  2.  Black-headed Gull        
  3.  Blackbird        
  4.  Blue Tit        
  5.  Canada Goose        
  6.  Carrion Crow        
  7.  Chaffinch        
  8.  Collared Dove        
  9.  Coot        
  10.  Cormorant        
  11.  Dunnock        
  12.  Greenfinch        
  13.  Greylag Goose        
  14.  Greylag Goose (domestic)        
  15.  Herring Gull        
  16.  House Martin        
  17.  House Sparrow        
  18.  Jackdaw        
  19.  Lesser Black-backed Gull        
  20.  Long-tailed Tit        
  21.  Mallard        
  22.  Moorhen        
  23.  Mute Swan        
  24.  Pochard        
  25.  Reed Warbler        
  26.  Sand Martin        
  27.  Song Thrush        
  28.  Swallow        
  29.  Swift        
  30.  Tufted Duck        
  31.  Woodpigeon        
  32.  Wren     
Bird list (Wassand)

  1. Blackbird        
  2.  Blackcap        
  3.  Blue Tit        
  4.  Carrion Crow        
  5.  Chaffinch        
  6.  Chiffchaff        
  7.  Dunnock        
  8.  Goldcrest        
  9.  Goldfinch        
  10.  Great Spotted Woodpecker        
  11.  Great Tit        
  12.  Greenfinch        
  13.  Herring Gull        
  14.  House Martin        
  15.  Jay        
  16.  Magpie        
  17.  Moorhen        
  18.  Pheasant        
  19.  Robin        
  20.  Song Thrush        
  21.  Stock Dove        
  22.  Swift        
  23.  Woodpigeon        
  24.  Wren     

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