With the weather fine and calm it seemed a good day to go for a long walk along the River Hull. I wandered up to the lake at Eske. On the way up a pair of Mistle Thrushes were hunting on the polo club and Reed Buntings were calling from the reeds. The sunshine brought out the Skylarks, with three or four in song, along with a Meadow Pipit or two. I stopped to have a look at a wet pool in some set aside where a number of Lapwings were lurking and at least two chicks were feeding; a male Shoveler was also resting there, but stirred and flew off north as I was watching. Another migrant put in an appearance as I was watching these birds; a Common Sandpiper flying north along the river made a short landing on a lump of floating debris before continuing north.
With the fine weather one of the Little Owls was sitting outside its roosting hole, but this time it was asleep and didn’t seem to be watching me this time.
On the lake the usual birds were present; Mallard, Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen, Great-crested Grebe, Greylag Goose, a single Canada Goose, 2 Shelduck and one Gadwall. Two Oystercatchers are still present as are the male Wigeon and female Goldeneye.
Warblers were much in evidence today with many Willow Warblers and a Lesser Whitethroat easily seen and a few Sedge Warblers and a Reed Warbler noisily “singing”.
Walking past the lake towards the Leven canal a distant Cuckoo was calling and as I was looking at a group of Mute Swans a large ducklike bird flew north. After looking at it through my binoculars it was obviously an Egyptian Goose! I watched it fly north, almost out of sight, but then it did a u-turn and returned back south, giving me a second chance to see it properly.
With my stomach complaining at this point I marched back to the car with just a few Swifts, Swallows and a flock of House Martins of note, although large numbers of juvenile Starlings were everywhere!