6th Dec – Bean all over

10:00-16:00

This past 2-3 weeks dropping on the Mere to bird has felt like birding Spurn in October during a spell of easterlies, expectations high and it delivering birds. Its done that on all counts, alright no major rares but an almost continual run and turnover of decent/good stuff. So it was no surprise when 19 Bean geese dropped on the Mere around mid morning settling in near the hide. The birds wa always distant but all seemed to fit the Tundra Bean features. I also had 90 Whitefronts that went north as the Beans dropped in, but Hornsea Mere stats and footpath guru G.Bennett assured me there wa 99. He also had 77 Whitefronts (2nd flock) giving at least 176 birds in the area. Back on the Mere the Slav, Red necked Grebe, Long tailed Duck and 2 Whoopers where all still present. Unable to get close views of the Beans i checked around Heslop’s for any other geese flocks but no joy. On the way back thru 2nd field the Beans had got up and appeared to drop into the fields around Honeysuckle Farm around 12ish. I know the area well so figured i’d pick em up easily. I obviously don’t know it that well cos in the next 2 hours i only picked em up once more (in flight around 2pm heading back ta Mere) Arse. Luckily Steve Webb had picked em up as they got back on the Mere and picked up on a much larger Bean in with them. The Beans showed well on Mere but wa always semi sillouetted hampering my id’ing. This particular Bean appeared larger than other 18, longer necked, larger billed, and showed extensive orange to the bill. The birds then again left the Mere to the north and again gave me the run around for the next 90 mins. I eventually picked em back up heading back to the Mere but couldnt relocate them by 16:00. As usual some pics were taken but in all honesty they are good for fuck all. 6 Whoopers where also present late afternoon on the Mere. So if your not doin out tomorrow get your arse down the Mere, theres some birds to be had or maybe a Taiga.

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