First Outing of the New Year

So it’s the New Year and in an attempt to get some birding done and to go out somewhere other than a trip to town and Tesco with my family we all decided to go to Hornsea for the day.  When we finally got there (using public transport is a pain!) we first headed straight for the mere. The mere was still pretty frozen over in places, meaning that most of the wildfowl seemed to in three places.  With my daughter complaining she was hungry we decided to press on. A walk to the coast for fish and chips meant spotting a few urban birds to add to my year list. After eating our dinner I spotted two ringed plovers digging through a patch of grass next to the road on the sea front. As time was getting on we decided to walk along the sea front and head back to get our bus home. A short trip but enjoyable nonetheless. Spotted 19 species for the year list in Hornsea and a pheasant in a field at Long Riston brought it up to 20. Was hoping for a Barn Owl hunting in the fields as we headed back home but no luck. Barn Owls seem in real trouble in the region due to the severe weather, someone was saying that he’s heard of at least 50 dead in the region.

For 2011 I’m going to plan on going to a birding site I haven’t visited before at least once a month due to the fact that my log book entries for last year are pretty much all from the same place so a bit of diversity won’t help.

Here is my year list so far:

  1. Mute Swan
  2. Mallard
  3. Coot
  4. Jackdaw
  5. Tufted Duck
  6. Black Headed Gull
  7. Less Black Backed Gull
  8. Feral Pigeon
  9. Wood Pigeon
  10. Starling
  11. Blackbird
  12. Crow
  13. House Sparrow
  14. Gold Finch
  15. Long Tailed Tit
  16. Chaffinch
  17. Collared Dove
  18. Ringed Plover
  19. Great Black Backed Gull
  20. Pheasant – (Long Riston)

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