Trip reports

Saturday Walk: Ouse Estuary/Tidemills

Saturday Walk: Ouse Estuary/Tidemills
Michael Light

Saturday, 20 January 2018

12 of us braved the weather and hoped we could see something. The forecast was awful with rain and wind predicted until after tea time, with a break in the morning. When we were setting off the rain stopped so I decided to cut short the walk and just did the Tidemills and the East Pier.

There were 75 peewits in the field before the train tracks and on the creek we saw six redshanks and heard and saw skylarks along the beach on the way to the Pier. Tony informed us he has never seen anything on there. When we got there the sun tried to come out for about 5 minutes, then went about 10 yards along the Pier when the purple sandpipers (pictured) were seen. This was the first sighting for some members in the group. In the harbour was a great northern diver and great crested grebes, while fulmars were seen on the west cliffs. As we started to head back we met a man who was walking the entire coast of the UK, I think a bit every week or so. We pointed out the sandpipers to him and told him they would be off to Norway soon. The rain had started to fall on the way back, but we saw a flock of 75 greenfinches with goldfinches as well. In all around 30 different species were seen and some members got some life ticks.

Michael Light