August Sightings

18th August – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,JC)

35 Shoveler
9 Wigeon
Drake Garganey
330+ Teal
14 Pochard
3 Little Grebe
5 Grey Heron
10 Little Egret
1+ Ringed Plover (1 on spit, 1 later flew south)
Curlew west
5 Black tailed Godwit flew south-west
8 Dunlin (7 south, 1 on spit)
5 Common Sandpiper (3 spit, 2 KP)
Green Sandpiper Swan Island spit
2 Redshank (Swan Island spit,KP)
Snipe KP
20+ Little Gull
Juvenile Caspian Gull 10:00am with Gull flock, west of Swan island
14+ Common Tern
3 Flava Wagtail south

17th August – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL)

276 Mute Swan
Whooper Swan
18 Shoveler
Wigeon
116 Teal
17 Pochard
3 Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
9 Little Egret
2 Sparrowhawk
Ringed Plover
Grey Plover flew west
3 Dunlin south
4+ Common Sandpiper Swan Island
Green Sandpiper flew east
Redshank on Swan Island spit
Greenshank Swan Island spit
33 Little Gull
14 Common Tern
Flava Wagtail south

16th August – Hornsea Mere, Northside/KP (JL)

Whooper Swan
245 Mute Swan
30 Gadwall
21 Shoveler
2 Wigeon
105 Teal
8 Pochard
7 Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
10 Little Egret
Ringed Plover Swan Island spit
Curlew north
Black-tailed Godwit Swan Island spit
2 Dunlin west
Wood Sandpiper Swan Island spit
3+ Common Sandpiper Swan Island/KP
2 Redshank Swan Island spit
2+ Greenshank Tree Island/Swan Island spit
2 Snipe Tree Island
76 Little Gull
Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull
10 Common Tern
2 Grey Wagtail KP

15th August – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,MR,LB)

Whooper Swan
47 Shoveler
2 Wigeon
48 Teal + 110 dropped in from NE late evening
Pochard
Goldeneye
7 Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
9+ Little Egret
Golden Plover 1st/2nd Field edge
Ringed Plover (KP/Swan Island spit)
5 Common Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper Swan Island spit
6 Redshank
2 Greenshank (1 south, 1 on spit)
15 Little Gull
Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull
8 Common Tern
2 Flava Wagtail west

Whooper Swan on the Mere – Jon Lamplough


Common Tern from 2nd Field


Common Tern from 2nd Field


Golden Plover off 2nd Field

14th August – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL,RL,ML,MR,LB)

Whooper Swan
20 Shoveler
Wigeon
16 Teal
Pochard
Goldeneye
7 Little Grebe
4+ Grey Heron
8+ Little Egret
Water Rail heard
Common Buzzard
2 Curlew south
3 Whimbrel west
2 Common Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper on Swan Island spit
2+ Redshank
2 Greenshank Swan Island spit
34+ Little Gull
12+ Common Tern
Grey Wagtail KP
Flava Wagtail west

Common Tern over 2nd Field in evening

13th August – Hornsea Mere, Southside (JL,LB)

5 Shoveler
Wigeon
19 Teal
Pochard
Goldeneye
15 Great crested Grebe
3 Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
7 Little Egret
fem Marsh Harrier
Juvenile Hobby
1 Curlew
1 Greenshank
4 Common Sandpiper
Snipe
23+ Little Gull
12 Common Tern
10 Swift
Grey Wagtail

Painted Lady at Rolston – Graham Russell

12th August – West Carlton (AJ,MR)

2 Common Crane still in stubble fields till mid afternoon at least

Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside in afternoon (JL,LB)

254+ Mute Swan
8 Great crested Grebe
9 Shoveler
Wigeon
56 Teal
5 Gadwall
Tufted Duck with 8 young
3 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
4+ Common Sandpiper
Dunlin
2 Redshank
2 Snipe
31 Little Gull
6 Common Tern
100+ Swallow
2 juv Whitethroat 1st Field reedbed

pair Common Cranes at West Carlton


pair Common Cranes at West Carlton


pair Common Cranes at West Carlton


pair Common Cranes at West Carlton

11th August – Hornsea Mere, Southside (JL,LB)

Whooper Swan
14 Shoveler
24 Teal
243 Coot from 1st Field
Pochard
Goldeneye
16 Great crested Grebe
5 Grey Heron
4 Little Egret
Marsh Harrier
Hobby
12 Dunlin south
2 Common Sandpiper
Redshank
Greenshank south
2 Curlew 2nd Field
Snipe
12 Little Gull
10 Common Tern
Garden Warbler 2nd Field
14 Lesser Whitethroat
2 Whitethroat
6 Willow Warbler
25 Tree Sparrow

2 Common Crane again in morning at least, at West Carlton (AJ)

10th August – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL,JC)

Whooper Swan
16 Shoveler
Wigeon
14 Teal
Pochard
13 Great crested Grebe
5 Grey Heron
7 Little Egret
Hobby
75 Golden Plover over north side
Curlew on Swan Island spit
3 Black-tailed Godwit (1 south, 2 north)
31 Dunlin south
6 Common Sandpiper
2 Redshank on Swan Island spit
2 Snipe
8 Little Gull
10 Common Tern
Kingfisher

2 Common Crane back at West Carlton from 08:55 (AJ)

2 Common Crane at West Carlton – Jeff Cox


2 Common Crane at West Carlton – Jeff Cox


Common Crane and Ostrich at West Carlton – Jeff Cox

9th August – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,JC,LB)

Whooper Swan
168 Mute Swan
9 Shoveler
Wigeon
71 Teal
12 Great crested Grebe
Little Grebe
3 Grey Heron
6 Little Egret
Curlew west + 4 north
5 Common Sandpiper
2+ Redshank
5 Little Gull
4 Common Tern
8 Lesser Whitethroat
Grey Wagtail
10 Common Scoter north off Hornsea
9 Sandwich Tern off Hornsea seafront

West Carlton (AJ)

2 Common Crane in stubble field till 16:45 at least, no sign at 19:30

2 Common Crane at West Carlton – Ade Johnson


2 Common Crane at West Carlton – Ade Johnson


Whooper Swan still present at the Mere – Jon Lamplough


Common Tern on KP – Jeff Cox


juv + ad Sandwich Tern Hornsea seafront – Jeff Cox


Sandwich Tern Hornsea seafront – Jeff Cox


Little Gull on the jetties – Jeff Cox

8th August – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,JC,AE)

Whooper Swan
14 Shoveler
32 Teal
14 Great crested Grebe
2 Little Grebe
5 Grey Heron
5 Little Egret
Whimbrel south
Curlew south
2 Black-tailed Godwit south
Knot south
7 Dunlin south
3 Common Sandpiper
3 Redshank
10 Little Gull
6 Common Tern
Cuckoo flew south

Dunlin on KP – Jeff Cox


worn plumage on the Dunlin – Jeff Cox


Grey Wagtail – Alan Elkin

7th August – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL)

Whooper Swan
Shelduck
19 Shoveler
Wigeon
36 Teal
12 Great crested Grebe
3 Little Grebe
7 Grey Heron
5 Little Egret
Juvenile Peregrine
2 Ringed Plover south
2 Whimbrel south
4 Black-tailed Godwit south
Dunlin south
5 Common Sandpiper
Redshank
8 Little Gull
8 Common Tern
Kingfisher
Grey Wagtail

Great crested Grebes with juvs from Wassand Hide – John Sanders


Dragonfly action from Wassand Hide – John Sanders

6th August – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,RL,ML)

Whooper Swan
16 Shoveler
Wigeon
62 Teal
Garganey off Swan Island this morning
Mandarin
Pochard
17 Great crested Grebe
3 Little Grebe
5 Grey Heron
6 Little Egret
3 Marsh Harrier
Hobby
Whimbrel south
Black-tailed Godwit south
5 Dunlin
6 Common Sandpiper
6 Little Gull
8+ Common Tern
Barn Owl
Grey Wagtail

Hummingbird Hawk Moth at Rolston – Graham Russell


Hummingbird Hawk Moth at Rolston – Graham Russell


Hummingbird Hawk Moth at Rolston – Graham Russell


Marsh Harrier and Common Buzzard – Roy Lyon

5th August – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL)

Whooper Swan
38 Shoveler
2 Wigeon
13 Teal
Mandarin
6 Grey Heron
4 Little Egret
Whimbrel south
Curlew south
2 Dunlin south
2 Common Sandpiper
8+ Little Gull + 40+ north off Rolston in evening (GR)
8+ Common Tern
Barn Owl
Grey Wagtail
Garden Warbler at Far Grange (JH)

Tawny Owl at Rolston – Graham Russell

4th August – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside/KP (JL,BMJ)

Whooper Swan
Shelduck
45 Shoveler
2 Wigeon
18 Teal
Mandarin
15 Great crested Grebe
3 Little Grebe
6 Grey Heron
4 Little Egret
Hobby
14 Oystercatcher
Lapwing
7 Dunlin south
4 Common Sandpiper
2 Redshank
Greenshank south
3 Snipe
140+ Little Gull
12+ Common Tern
Barn Owl
Grey Wagtail

14 Oystercatcher south off Mappleton – Jeff Cox


Grey Seal off South Cliffs, Hornsea – Jeff Cox


Grey Seal off South Cliffs, Hornsea – Jeff Cox


Grey Seal off South Cliffs, Hornsea – Jeff Cox

3rd August – Hornsea Mere, Southside (JL,JC,LI)

Whooper Swan
25+ Shoveler
Wigeon
46+ Teal
Garganey off Swan Island
10 Great crested Grebe
7+ Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
6 Little Egret
Spoonbill on Swan Island spit
Hobby
Pair of Kestrel successfully reared 1 young
Ringed Plover south
6 Black tailed Godwit south
13 Dunlin south
2 Common Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper on Swan island spit
Green Sandpiper + 2 on Seaton pond
7 Redshank south
59+ Little Gull including at least 2 juveniles
2nd calendar year Mediterranean Gull flew east
10+ Common Tern
Barn Owl

Spoonbill on Swan Island spit this morning – Jeff Cox


Spoonbill on Swan Island spit this morning – Jeff Cox


Spoonbill on Swan Island spit this morning – Jeff Cox


Brimstone along Southorpe Road – Jeff Cox


Brimstone along Southorpe Road – Jeff Cox


Brimstone along Southorpe Road – Jeff Cox


juv Little Grebes – Jon Lamplough


juv Little Grebe – Jon Lamplough

2nd August – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside/Mere Pelagic (JL,JC,BMJ,LB,RL,ML,LI,AE)

Whooper Swan
29 Shoveler
Wigeon
105 Teal
12+ Great crested Grebe
Bittern in evening off 1st Field
6 Grey Heron
8 Little Egret
Avocet on Swan Island spit before flying west
Whimbrel west
9+ Common Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper + 2 west in evening
Wood Sandpiper on Swan Island spit
5 Black-tailed Godwit flew west in evening
Redshank
Spotted Redshank flew west + 2 in evening
2+ Greenshank on Swan Island spit + 2 west in evening
9 Little Gull
10+ Common Tern
2 Grey Wagtail

Wood Sandpiper on Swan Island spit – Jeff Cox Pelagics Ltd


Wood Sandpiper on Swan Island spit – Jeff Cox Pelagics Ltd


Wood Sandpiper on Swan Island spit – Jeff Cox Pelagics Ltd


Wood Sandpiper on Swan Island spit – Jeff Cox Pelagics Ltd


Greenshank on Swan Island spit – Jeff Cox Pelagics Ltd


Greenshank on Swan Island spit – Jeff Cox Pelagics Ltd


recordshot of the Bittern off 1st Field this evening – Alan Elkin

1st August – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside/KP (JL,JC,LB)

Whooper Swan
21 Shoveler
Wigeon
11 Teal
10 Great crested Grebe
2 Little Grebe
6 Grey Heron
7 Little Egret
9 Lapwing west
Curlew west
Ruff on Swan Island spit
Green Sandpiper
Greenshank south
8+ Common Sandpiper
17+ Little Gull
Juvenile Mediterranean Gull west
20+ Common Tern
Juvenile Black Tern
Kingfisher

ad and juv (31/7) Common Tern from Wassand Hide – John Sanders


Wigeon on the Mere – Jon Lamplough


Fleabane in 2nd Field – Lesley Ball

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July Sightings

31st July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,LB,AE)

Whooper Swan
32 Shoveler
2 Wigeon
54 Teal
Mandarin
14 Great crested Grebe
4 Little Grebe
5 Grey Heron
4 Little Egret
10 Avocet south
Ruff on Swan Island spit
Green Sandpiper
11+ Common Sandpiper
2 Dunlin south
3 Redshank south
70 Little Gulls early morning
20+ Common Tern
Juvenile Black Tern
Kingfisher
upto 12 species of Butterfly recorded (LB) along the Southside fields including Painted Lady, Holly and Common Blue and Gatekeeper.

juv Black Tern off KP – Alan Elkin


juv Black Tern off KP – Alan Elkin


juv Black Tern off KP – Alan Elkin


Shoveler from the Mere today – Jon Lamplough


Wigeon on the Mere – Jon Lamplough


Holly Blue at Aldbrough Fish Ponds – Ade Johnson

30th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,MR,LB,ML,RL)

Whooper Swan
14 Shoveler
Wigeon
23 Teal
Drake Garganey flew west
14 Great crested Grebe
4 Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
7 Little Egret
4+ Marsh Harrier
Merlin flew north-west
Curlew Sandpiper on Swan Island spit in the morning
Dunlin on Swan Island spit
11+ Common Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper on Swan Island spit during the afternoon
5+ Redshank
Snipe
juv Mediterranean Gull
990 Little Gull early morning, majority flying east by 05:30
30+ Common Tern
Arctic Tern
Juvenile Black Tern
Barn Owl
Kingfisher
2 Grey Wagtail KP

Common Tern off Kirkholme Point


Common Sandpiper from KP


juv Black Tern off the jetties


Little Gull from Kirkholme Point


Little Gull over KP


Whooper Swan still present – Roy Lyon


fem Tufted Duck with 8 young – Roy Lyon


Wigeon on the Mere – Roy Lyon

29th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,LI,LB)

Bittern in evening
Whooper Swan
13 Shoveler
14 Teal
6 Pochard
Black-necked Grebe
12 Great crested Grebe
5 Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
4 Little Egret
Hobby
2 Whimbrel south
Green Sandpiper south + 1 in evening
4+ Common Sandpiper + 10 in evening
104 Little Gull + 300 in evening
2 Sandwich Tern in evening
45+ Common Tern
Juvenile Black Tern
Barn Owl
600+ Swift
Kingfisher
2 Grey Wagtail KP

28th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,JC,LB)

Whooper Swan
Shelduck
14 Shoveler
61 Teal
2 Wigeon
5 Grey Heron
3 Little Egret
6+ Marsh Harrier
Oystercatcher
Ringed Plover west
3 Whimbrel south
3 Curlew west
Knot (Swan Island spit)
3 Dunlin (2 KP, 1 Swan Island spit)
2 Greenshank south
Green Sandpiper south
4+ Common Sandpiper
35 Little Gull
Juvenile Mediterranean Gull west
30+ Common Tern
Juvenile Black Tern
2 Barn Owl
Kingfisher
2 Grey Wagtail KP

Common Sandpiper on KP today – Jon Lamplough


juv Black Tern on the Mere – Jon Lamplough

27th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,JC)

Whooper Swan
7 Shoveler
11 Teal
2 Wigeon
3 Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
4 Little Egret
9 Dunlin (8 south,1 KP)
5 Common Sandpiper
Knot south
Redshank
4 Curlew west
18 Little Gull
Juvenile Mediterranean Gull
14 Common Tern
Kingfisher
Grey Wagtail

Dunlin on KP – Jon Lamplough


Dunlin on KP – Jeff Cox


Dunlin on KP – jon Lamplough


Grey Wagtail on the jetties – Jeff Cox


Little Gulls on the jetties – Jon Lamplough


Little Gull – Jon Lamplough

26th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Seafront (JL,JC,AE)

Whooper Swan
8 Shoveler
13 Teal
3 Wigeon
11 Great crested Grebe
6 Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
3 Little Egret
14 Dunlin east
Common Sandpiper
Redshank
Black-tailed Godwit on Swan Island spit
2 Whimbrel south
4 Curlew west
Snipe KP
28 Little Gull
9+ Common Tern

Small Copper in 1st Field – Jon Lamplough


Snipe on KP – Alan Elkin


Black-headed Gull and Common Tern – Jeff Cox


juv Common Tern on Hornsea beach – Jeff Cox

25th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL)

Whooper Swan
8 Shoveler
51 Teal
3 Wigeon
3 Pochard
11 Great crested Grebe
5 Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
5 Little Egret
2 Dunlin south
3+ Common Sandpiper
Redshank south
3 Black tailed Godwit south
3 Curlew west
7 Little Gull
Juvenile Mediterranean Gull off first field
10+ Common Tern

Black-tailed Skimmer in 1st Field – Jon Lamplough

24th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,AE)

Whooper Swan
2 Ruddy Shelduck flew west before returning east, but not subsequently relocated on the Mere
12 Shoveler
41 Teal
5 Wigeon
Goldeneye
10 Great crested Grebe
Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
5 Little Egret
8 Dunlin (6 south and 2 on KP)
3 Common Sandpiper Swan Island
Redshank south
4 Little Gull
25+ Common Tern
Juvenile Black Tern
Barn Owl
Kingfisher

Dunlin on Kirkholme Point – Alan Elkin


Dunlin on Kirkholme Point – Alan Elkin


Dunlin on Kirkholme Point – Alan Elkin

23rd July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,JC,RL,ML)

Whooper Swan
9 Shoveler
8 Teal
2 Wigeon
Goldeneye
6 Great crested Grebe
Black necked Grebe off Swan Island
2 Little Grebe
5+ Grey Heron
5 Little Egret
4 Common Sandpiper
Black tailed Godwit on KP
7 Little Gull in the morning
Juvenile Mediterranean Gull west
12+ Common Tern
Juvenile Black Tern
Barn Owl

Black-tailed Godwit from KP today – Jon Lamplough


Black-tailed Godwit from KP today – Jon Lamplough


Small Red-eyed Damselflies at Grimston today – Ade Johnson


Small Red-eyed Damselflies at Grimston today – Ade Johnson


Small Red-eyed Damselflies at Grimston today – Ade Johnson


22nd July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL)

Whooper Swan
Pintail
15 Shoveler
12+ Teal
5 Wigeon
Mandarin
10 Great crested Grebe including 2 chicks
2 Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
2+ Little Egret
3 Common Sandpiper
2 Redshank
15 Little Gull in the morning
2nd calendar year Mediterranean Gull south
12+ Common Tern
Black Tern
Barn Owl
Kingfisher

juv Black Tern from 2nd Field this morning – Jeff Cox


juv Black Tern from 2nd Field this morning – Jeff Cox


juv Black Tern w/Common Tern’s from 2nd Field this morning – Jeff Cox


5 of 6 Grey Heron on the Mere today – Jeff Cox

21st July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,AE)

Whooper Swan
13 Shoveler
29 Teal
6 Wigeon
Mandarin
5 Great crested Grebe
2 Little Grebe
5 Grey Heron
12 Little Egret
2 Oystercatcher
Ringed Plover south
Avocet Swan Island spit
Dunlin south
Common Sandpiper
Redshank south
3 Black tailed Godwit south
4 Curlew south
310 Little Gull In the morning
Adult Mediterranean Gull west
12 Common Tern
Juvenile Black Tern

juv Black Tern from KP this morning – Alan Elkin

20th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside/KP/Seaton Pond (JC,JL,LI,MR,AE,ML,RL,AW et al)

Whooper Swan
10 Shoveler
17 Teal
4 Wigeon
Pochard
8 Great crested Grebe
Little Grebe + adult with 3 young Seaton pond
4 Grey Heron
6+ Little Egret
34+ Dunlin south
2 Common Sandpiper
4+ Redshank south
2 Black-tailed Godwit (Swan Island spit)
2 Curlew south
90 Little Gull + 860 in evening (GB)
15+ Common Tern
Juvenile Black Tern from 6.45 to evening
Adult White-winged Black Tern from 9.00, showing well (albeit distantly) all day
Male Banded Demoiselle Seaton Pond
2 White letter Hairstreaks in Wych Elms near Seaton Pond

White-winged Black Tern recordshot from 2nd Field


White-winged Black Tern recordshot from 2nd Field


White-winged Black Tern recordshot from 2nd Field


White-winged Black Tern recordshot from 2nd Field


White-winged Black Tern over the Mere this morning – Jeff Cox


juv Black Tern off KP – Jeff Cox


juv Black Tern off KP – Jeff Cox


recent image of Purple Hairstreak in Wassand – Scott Creek


Black-headed Gull past 2nd Field

19th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Hornsea Seafront (JL,SC,LI)

Whooper Swan
6 Shoveler
8 Teal
Mandarin
6 Pochard
3 Grey Heron
4 Little Egret
6 Knot south
Common Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper in evening off 2nd Field
81 Dunlin south + 3 in evening
82 Redshank south + 1 in evening
4 Black-tailed Godwit
Kittiwake on the seafront by Sullivans
218 Little Gull early am
10 Common Tern
Barn Owl

1 of 2 male Banded Demoiselle, only a handful of records from Aldbrough – Ade Johnson


Banded Demoiselle at Aldbrough fish ponds – Ade Johnson


Kittiwake on Sullivans roof – Scott Creek

18th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,TI)

Whooper Swan
Black Swan
2 Shelduck
5 Shoveler
7 Teal
Wigeon
Mandarin
Pochard
4 Great crested Grebe
Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
6 Little Egret
4 Marsh Harrier
8 Dunlin south
Common Sandpiper KP
36 Redshank south
3 Black tailed Godwit east
Curlew north
42 Little Gull early am
10+ Common Tern
Barn Owl
Kingfisher
2 Grey Wagtail KP

17th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL)

Whooper Swan (observed copulating with a Mute Swan)
17 Shoveler
35 Teal
Wigeon
Pochard
Goldeneye
2 Great crested Grebe
Little Grebe
5+ Grey Heron
6+ Little Egret
5 Dunlin west/Swan Island spit
2+ Redshank Swan Island spit
Greenshank south
16 Black tailed Godwit west
Whimbrel south
Curlew south
39 Little Gull
Juvenile Yellow legged Gull off first field, then flew west
14+ Common Tern
Barn Owl
Kingfisher

16th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Wassand (JL,SC,RL,ML)

Whooper Swan
8 Shoveler
58 Teal
Pochard
3 Grey Heron
4 Little Egret
Hobby
3 Dunlin (1 south, 2 Swan Island spit)
2 Common Sandpiper (KP)
10 Redshank (Swan Island spit)
17 Black tailed Godwit west
Curlew west
2 Whimbrel west
30 Little Gull
Kingfisher

Sexton Beetle in the process of burying a dead Grass Snake – Roy Lyon


Ruddy Darter in Wassand – Roy Lyon


fem Tufted Duck with 4 young in tow – Roy Lyon

15th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL)

Whooper Swan
13 Shoveler
31 Teal
2 Wigeon
7 Pochard
4 Grey Heron
3 Little Egret
Redshank
2 Whimbrel west
Curlew north
59 Little Gull west
8 Common Tern
Yellow Wagtail

14th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside (JL)

Whooper Swan
7 Shoveler
4 Grey Heron
Little Egret
132 Redshank south
2 Greenshank south
11 Black tailed Godwit south
Adult Mediterranean Gull south
4 Little Gull east
4 Common Tern
Green Woodpecker

13th July – Aldbrough (AJ)

Hummingbird Hawk Moth in Aldbrough – Ade Johnson

Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,JC)

Whooper Swan
3 Shoveler
12 Wigeon
6+ Grey Heron
5 Little Egret
Hobby
Dunlin east
Redshank (KP)
Curlew west
Whimbrel heard
Little Gull
4 Common Tern
Kingfisher

Whooper Swan off 1st Field – Jon Lamplough


Whooper Swan off 1st Field – Jon Lamplough


Redshank from KP – Jeff Cox

Cormorant heading out over KP – Jeff Cox


Common Terns off KP – Jeff Cox


distant Common Scoters off Hornsea – Jeff Cox

12th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL)

314 Mute Swan
Whooper Swan
4 Shoveler
Teal
Wigeon
Mandarin
6+ Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
3 Marsh Harrier
Hobby
2 Dunlin
4 Redshank
Curlew
Adult Mediterranean Gull
3 Little Gull
10+ Common Tern

distant ad Med Gull this afternoon – Jon Lamplough


Whooper Swan still present on the Mere – Jon Lamplough


Whooper Swan – Jon Lamplough

11th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL)

312 Mute Swan
Black Swan
5 Shoveler
10 Teal
3 Wigeon
5 Pochard
Red-breasted Merganser (eclipse/1s male off 2nd field then flew west)
Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
1+ Hobby
2 Curlew
1 Little Gull in the morning, 42 in the afternoon
8 Common Tern

Shovelers off 1st Field today – Jon Lamplough

10th July – Hornsea Mere, KP/Northside (JL)

Shelduck
6 Teal
Mandarin
2 broods of Tufted Duck with 1 and 4 chicks remaining
3 Grey Heron
5 Great crested Grebe
3 Redshank (Swan Island spit)
Curlew north
3 Little Gull
7 Common Tern
Green Woodpecker (KP)

Green Woodpecker around KP today, a bird normally seen at the west end of the Mere – Jon Lamplough

9th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,JC,AE)

Black Swan
3 Shoveler
2 Teal
Mandarin
2 Little Grebe
3+ Grey Heron
7 Little Egret
2 Redshank
Dunlin east
Curlew north
2 Whimbrel north
3 Common Tern
Grey Wagtail

8th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL,RL)

Whooper Swan
Shoveler
21 Teal
4 Mandarin
4 Pochard
6+ Grey Heron
10+ Little Egret
6 Great crested Grebe
2 Little Grebe
2 Redshank
Black tailed Godwit
9 Curlew south
Whimbrel south
3 Little Gull
6 Common Tern
Kingfisher

7th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,JC,JH,AE)

270 Mute Swan
Whooper Swan (on Swan Island spit)
2 Shelduck
Wigeon
2 Mandarin
10 Great crested Grebe
2 Little Grebe (including a juvenile)
5+ Grey Heron
6 Little Egret
Hobby
6 Oystercatcher
3 Avocet east
17 Dunlin south
Wood Sandpiper flew south over first field
2 Common Sandpiper (KP)
64 Redshank south
2 Black tailed Godwit south
6 Curlew south
25 Little Gull
4 Common Tern

Wigeon at the Mere – Jon Lamplough

6th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside/KP (JL,JC)

Wigeon
3 Teal
Mandarin
Pochard
6+ Grey Heron
5 Little Egret
Hobby
3 Dunlin east
9+ Redshank
2 Whimbrel
95 Little Gull flew west am, 18 in the afternoon
7+ Common Tern

Little Egret around KP – Jon Lamplough


Little Egret around KP – Jon Lamplough


Little Egrets around Swan Island, upto 5 present there today – Jeff Cox


Oyc and Lapwing Swan Island spit, photo courtesy of Jeff Cox Pelagics Ltd


ad Lesser-black backed Gull – Jeff Cox


Common Tern at the Mere – Jeff Cox


5th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL)

Wigeon
4 Grey Heron
5 Little Egret (on Swan Island)
2 Avocet (Swan Island spit)
3 Dunlin east
Redshank
Black tailed Godwit (Swan Island spit)
6 Little Gull
2 Common Tern
Barn Owl
Grasshopper Warbler (singing 1st field)

4th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside/KP/Wassand (JL,JC)

Wigeon
11+ Teal
3 Mandarin
6 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
Marsh Harrier
2 Common Buzzard
Hobby
13 Redshank
23 Black tailed Godwit
78 Little Gull flew east during the morning, 35 in the afternoon
10 Common Tern
Goldcrest
2 Coal Tit

Great Crested Grebe – Jon Lamplough


Grey Heron from Wassand Hide – Jeff Cox


Black-headed Gull from Wassand Hide today – Jeff Cox

3rd July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL)

11+ Teal
3 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
4 Marsh Harrier
Hobby
Little Ringed Plover (flew east after briefly landing on the Water Crowfoot)
Dunlin east
Redshank south
2 Curlew east
14 Little Gull east
6 Common Tern
Yellow Wagtail

2nd July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL)

16 Teal
Mandarin
3 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
Hobby
7 Dunlin east
55 Redshank south/Swan Island spit
Greenshank heard
10 Curlew
Whimbrel heard
229 Little Gull east during the morning, 17 in the afternoon
7 Sandwich Tern (over the mere for 10 minutes before flying back east)
2 Common Tern
Barn Owl

1st July – Hornsea Mere, Southside (JL)

297 Mute Swan
3 Teal
Mandarin
Pochard
Little Grebe
8 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
Greenshank east
22 Curlew east
120 Little Gull east
3 Common Tern

A superb record and the highlight, was of a calling Corncrake heard at the south end of Hornsea from a private area till around 16:00 at least (JC)

juv Cuckoo at Cowden, Dunnock acting as host for this bird – Ade Johnson


juv Great Spotted Woodpecker at Rolston – Graham Russell


Stock Dove at Rolston – Graham Russell


June Sightings

30th June – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL)

Wigeon
Little Grebe
4 Great crested Grebe
5 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
10 Curlew
2 Whimbrel
23 Little Gull east (22 adult, 1 first summer)
2 Common Tern
Barn Owl
Kingfisher

female Tufted Duck with a brood of 7 – Jon Lamplough


female Tufted Duck with a brood of 7 – Jon Lamplough

29th June – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside/Wassand Hide (JL,JC)

299 Mute Swan
2 Shelduck
Teal
Mandarin
2 Pochard
4 Great crested Grebe
4 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
3 Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier
6 Oystercatcher
Redshank
7 Curlew north
63 Black-headed Gull
Adult Little Gull
2 Common Tern
8 Cetti’s Warbler
Red Admiral
Painted Lady
Large Skipper
Meadow Brown
Ringlet
Speckled Wood
Large White

Cowden – (AJ) Barn Owl + Cetti’s Warbler

Great Crested Grebe at the Mere – Jon Lamplough


Red Admiral – Jeff Cox


plenty of Froglets and Toadlets around Wassand – Jeff Cox


plenty of Froglets and Toadlets around Wassand – Jeff Cox


cream crown Marsh Harriers over Heslop’s – Jeff Cox

28th June – Hornsea Mere, Southside (JL,MR)

290 Mute Swan
10 Shelduck south
Wigeon
7 Teal
4 Pochard
74 Tufted Duck
Great White Egret flew east before turning south at 7:00 am
Little Egret
5+ Grey Heron
Ringed Plover east
Dunlin east
Redshank east
Hobby
fem Marsh Harrier
5+ Little Gull (2 adult, 3 First summer)
1+ juv Black-headed Gull
Common Tern
Otter
Black-tailed Skimmer 1st + 2nd Field

Lesser Whitethroat in 1st Field


juv Swallows 1st Field, 2 of a family of 5 recently fledged birds


Otter with catch early this morning – Jon Lamplough

27th June – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Wassand (JL,JC,MR,JH,RL et al)

1 Whooper Swan off 2nd Field
1 Little Egret
Avocet on Swan Island spit early am
10 Black-tailed Godwit flew east early am
8+ Curlew
288 Mute Swan
Mandarin
Pochard
Redshank
Common Tern
Lapwing
fem Marsh Harrier
1+ Hobby
Barn Owl
3 Yellowhammer

Whooper Swan off 2nd Field


Whooper Swan off 2nd Field


Whooper Swan off 2nd Field


Ringlet in Heslop’s – Jeff Cox


Emperor Dragonfly off 2nd Field


Barn Owl with prey along the Southside – Jeff Cox


Swift over 2nd Field


female Marsh Harrier over Decoy/Wassand – Roy Lyon


Hobby over Decoy/Wassand – Roy Lyon


Hobby in Wassand – Roy Lyon


Black-tailed Skimmers in Wassand – Roy Lyon


Emperor Dragonfly in Wassand – Roy Lyon


changeover at the Great Crested Grebe nest in Decoy – Roy Lyon

26th June – Aldbrough/Cowden (AJ)

Common Spotted Orchid – Ade Johnson


Common Spotted Orchids – Ade Johnson


Common Spotted Orchid ‘white variant’ – Ade Johnson

Hornsea Mere (JL), poor visibility for much of the day

1 Little Egret

25th June – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,JC)

Mandarin
Pochard
3 Grey Heron
Little Egret (Swan Island)
3 Curlew (1 north, 2 south)
Whitethroat
2 Lesser Whitethroat
2 Cetti’s Warbler
3 Yellowhammer
Kestrel
Black-tailed Skimmer – 1st field
Small Skipper – 2nd field
Common Blue butterfly – 2nd field
good no’s of Common Blue Damselflies

Black-tailed Skimmer – Jeff Cox


Common Blue – Jeff Cox


Small Skipper – Jeff Cox


Yellowhammer – Jeff Cox


Reed Bunting in Heslop’s – Jeff Cox


male Bullfinch again today from Far Grange – John Hirschfield

24th June – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside/Wassand (JL,RL et al)

268 Mute Swan
Wigeon
5 Teal
Pochard
3 Grey Heron + 2 juvs in Wassand
Little Egret
Hobby
Marsh Harrier
12 Curlew north
First summer Little Gull
2 Common Tern

male Marsh Harrier – Roy Lyon


Hobby over Wassand – Roy Lyon


Hobby over Wassand – Roy Lyon


Hobby over Wassand – Roy Lyon

23rd June – Hornsea Mere, Southside (JL,LB)

256 Mute Swan
Wigeon
Pochard
2 Grey Heron
2 Curlew (1 in 4th Field, 1 south)
2 Grey Partridge
2 Dunlin
3 Common Tern
Cuckoo
Meadow Pipit

Cuckoo along the Southside today – Jon Lamplough


male Bullfinch at Far Grange today – John Hirschfield


Reed canary grass growing by the fence in Heslop’s/3rd Field – Lesley Ball

22nd June – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,LB)

249 Mute Swan
4 Great Crested Grebe
Shelduck
3 Wigeon
4+ Grey Heron
Hobby (Seaton)
4 Lapwing
Redshank
26 Curlew north
2+ Common Tern

Wigeon – Jon Lamplough

21st June – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL,LB)

235 Mute Swan
4 Teal
Wigeon
58 Tufted Duck
Pochard
Grey Heron
Hobby
22 Lapwing west
Redshank west
1+ Curlew flew south + north
8+ Common Tern
Large skipper
3+ Meadow Brown
Black-tailed Skimmer dragonfly

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Amphibious bistort found growing in the Mere around the edges and on the banks – Lesley Ball

20th June – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,JC,JH,AE,MR,LB,BMJ et al)

4 Teal
2 Pochard
2 Grey Heron
Hobby
Red-necked Phalarope (off 1st/2nd Field nr Buoy 2 till 20:30 at least)
Little Gull
3 Common Tern

‘oil on canvas’ phonescoped, Red-necked Phalarope off 1st/2nd Field late evening


Red-necked Phalarope off 2nd Field late evening


House Martin over 1st Field early evening

19th June – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,RL,ML,LB,AE,BMJ,TI et al)

Barnacle Goose
Shoveler
Wigeon
3 Teal
2 Pochard
Grey Heron
3 Oystercatcher
Red-necked Phalarope (present all day but occasionally elusive)
4 Common Tern
Mink (Southside)

Red-necked Phalarope w/Black-headed Gull distant off 2nd Field – Roy Lyon


Red-necked Phalarope distant off 2nd Field – Roy Lyon

18th June – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Wassand (JL,LB)

2 Teal
3 Pochard
Little Grebe
2 Black-necked Grebe, off Swan Island late evening (LB)
Grey Heron
4 Oystercatcher
2 Black-tailed Godwit west
3+ Common Tern
Spotted Flycatcher

Sedge Warbler from the Mere today – Jon Lamplough

17th June – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL)

193 Mute Swans (cygnets not included)
Wigeon
Teal
Pochard
2+ Grey Heron
2 Little Grebe
Redshank (Swan island spit)
First summer Little Gull
7+ Common Tern
Arctic Tern
Barn Owl

Sand Martin at the Mere – Jon Lamplough

16th June – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL)

a Common Rosefinch was heard singing from 1st field 05:55 before flying towards 2nd field. It was then heard singing again from 1st field 07:10, but wasn’t relocated thereafter. This represents the first record of the species at the Mere.
172 Mute Swan
8 Wigeon
15 Teal
9 Pochard
62 Tufted Duck
Hobby
Curlew east
6 Common Tern
Barn Owl

15th June – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL)

Wigeon
15 Teal
9 Pochard
49 Tufted Duck
Grey Heron
3 Oystercatcher
2 Redshank west
Curlew south
3+ Common Tern
Barn Owl
650+ Swift
Green Woodpecker

Reed Bunting from 2nd Field – Jon Lamplough

14th June – Hornsea Mere, Northside/Southside (JL,LB)

2 Shelduck south
4 Pochard
Grey Heron
5+ Marsh Harrier
Common Tern
200+ Swift

Mappleton + Ringborough (AJ)

Corn Bunting at Ringborough, scarce birds these days in Holderness – Ade Johnson


Bee Orchid’s at Mappleton – Ade Johnson


Bee Orchid’s at Mappleton – Ade Johnson


Sandwich Tern feeding off Skipsea – Roy Lyon


Sandwich Tern feeding off Skipsea – Roy Lyon

13th June – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL,LB,RL,ML)

Barnacle Goose
200 Canada Goose
Wigeon
5 Teal
6 Pochard
Little Grebe
Marsh Harrier
Common Buzzard
Hobby
Redshank heard
Curlew flew north
2 Common Tern

Marsh Harrier and Common Buzzard having a squabble – Roy Lyon


Marsh Harrier and Common Buzzard having a squabble – Roy Lyon


drake Teal at the Mere – Jon Lamplough


female Teal at the Mere – Jon Lamplough


Grass Snake at Rolston today – Jeff Cox

12th June – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL,LB,MR)

6 Teal
5 Pochard
2 Little Grebe
Grey Heron
2 Hobby
2 Common Tern
300+ Swift
30+ Swallow
45+ House Martin
20+ Sand Martin
2 Common Buzzard
3 Curlew flew north over Mere

Hobby over 2nd Field


Reed Warbler in Heslop’s


1 of several hundred Common Swift over the Southside today


Blue Tit feeding fledged young in 3rd Field/Heslop’s



Gadwall at the Mere today – Jon Lamplough

11th June – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,LB)

2 Barnacle Geese
5 Pochard
Little Grebe
male Marsh Harrier
Grey Heron
3 Oystercatcher
First summer Little Gull
2 Sandwich Tern on a buoy off KP, 8.00 to at least 8.15
3+ Common Tern

Grey Heron appearing to feed on insects – Jon Lamplough

Hornsea seafront (RL,ML)

Razorbill + Guillemot feeding offshore
steady stream of Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern’s today – Roy Lyon


Razorbill and Guillemot feeding offshore – Roy Lyon


Razorbill and Guillemot feeding offshore – Roy Lyon

10th June – Hornsea Mere, Southside (JL,JC,LB)

Shelduck
Wigeon
6 Pochard
Black-necked Grebe (off 1st/2nd field)
Bittern (flew west 8:13)
Barn Owl
Hobby
5 Oystercatcher
2 Common Tern
Marsh Harrier male
4 Sedge Warbler
4 Reed Warbler
2 Whitethroat
3 Willow Warbler
2 Chiffchaff
3 Blackcap
4 Cetti’s Warbler
Green Woodpecker at Wassand
Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 young in Wassand Wood

Black-necked Grebe on the Mere – Jon Lamplough


Black-necked Grebe on the Mere – Jon Lamplough


Reed Warbler – Jeff Cox

9th June – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Wassand (JL,AE,JC)

Barnacle Goose
Teal
Wigeon
5 Pochard
Common Tern
Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher in Wassand – Alan Elkin


Spotted Flycatcher in Wassand – Alan Elkin

8th June – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside/Wassand (JL,RL,ML,LB)

8 Teal
Wigeon
4 Pochard
2 Grey Heron
Hobby
2 Oystercatcher
3 Common Tern
Barn Owl
Cuckoo (Wassand)
2 Spotted Flycatcher (Wassand)

Northern Marsh Orchids in 2nd Field – Jeff Cox


local Little Grebe – Jeff Cox


Lapwing – Jeff Cox


Mipit and Red-tailed Bumblebee – Jeff Cox

7th June – Skipsea (RL et al)

3 Eider Sth (1 male)
Great Black-backed Gull eating dead Guillemot

Flash West of B1242 Nth of Atwick – 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Yellow Wagtail, family of Pied Wagtail

Hornsea Mere (JL,LB,RL et al)

216 Canada Geese
Barnacle Goose
Shelduck
7 Teal
Pochard
Grey Heron
Hobby
3 Common Tern

some have better days than others, GBb Gull on a Guillemot – Roy Lyon


Eiders south off Skipsea – Roy Lyon


Eiders south off Skipsea – Roy Lyon


Grey Squirrel – Jon Lamplough


single Barnacle Goose today at Mere – Jon Lamplough

6th June – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL,LB)

Pink-footed Goose
132 Mute Swan
14 Teal
6 Pochard
Fulmar soaring over the Mere 16:00-16:10
1+ Hobby
1 Kestrel
5 Curlew flew north
2 Oystercatcher
2+ Common Tern
3 Barn Owl
600+ Swift

single Pink-footed Goose on the Mere today – Jon Lamplough

5th June – Hornsea Mere, KP/Southside (TI,JL)

3 Common Tern
2 Cetti’s Warbler
3 Marsh Harrier drk + 2 fem
2+ Hobby
Barnacle Goose
Pochard
Reed Warbler singing near Inshore Boat Compound on seafront

4th June – Cowden + South Beach, Hornsea (AJ,AE)

Barn Owl
Cuckoo calling
Cetti’s Warbler heard
7 Sandwich Terns on groynes off South beach

Hornsea Mere, Southside (JL)

3 Pochard
Hobby
6+ Common Tern

Sandwich Terns on South beach this morning – Alan Elkin


emerging Damselflies from the Mere (03/06) – Roy Lyon


emerging Damselflies from the Mere (03/06) – Roy Lyon

3rd June – Hornsea Mere, 1st Field/Southside/Wassand (LB,JL,RL,ML,AE,BMJ,MR,JH)

a superb male Red-backed Shrike was found late morning (LB) in 1st Field and showed for around 45mins before going missing, and seen only briefly twice thereafter upto 13:30.
1 Hobby flew west back of Southorpe Road late am
2 Hobby over East end of Mere late am
fem Marsh Harrier over 1st Field
Spotted Flycatcher in Wassand by the Hall

male Red-backed Shrike in 1st Field – Martin Lonsdale


male Red-backed Shrike – Roy Lyon


male Red-backed Shrike – Roy Lyon


fem Marsh Harrier over 1st Field


Spotted Flycatcher in Wassand – Roy Lyon


male Red-backed Shrike – Alan Elkin


Cuckoo at South Cliffs – Alan Elkin


Cuckoo at South Cliffs – Alan Elkin


Barnacle Goose off 2nd Field – Roy Lyon

2nd June – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,JC)

139 Mute Swan
4 Pochard
2 Grey Heron
2 Red legged Partridge (Southorpe road)
3 Oystercatcher
3 Dunlin flew towards Swan Island
2 Common Tern

1st June – Hornsea Mere, KP (JL)

Wigeon
Pochard
2 Grey Heron north
Common Sandpiper around KP
2 Common Tern

Swallow from KP today – Jon Lamplough

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May Sightings

31st May – Hornsea Mere, KP/Northside/Wassand (JL,RL,ML)

Barnacle Goose (KP)
Wigeon
Pochard
3 Marsh Harrier
2 Hobby (Wassand)
Common Tern
Hairy Dragonfly ovipositing with a male patrolling
1+ Emperor Dragonfly
*of interest a large/approaching Buzzard size raptor was observed distantly from Decoy Bay over Seaton Road/Hornsea area, although identification not clinched, several features noted were suggestive of a large Accipiter type (RL et al)

female Orange Tip in Wassand Wood – Roy Lyon


Red Admiral in Wassand Wood – Roy Lyon


single Barnacle Goose from KP – Jon Lamplough

30th May – Hornsea Mere (JL)

224 Greylag Geese
Shelduck
Grey Heron
Common Tern

Great Spotted Woodpecker from the Mere – Jon Lamplough


Sparrowhawk with a Starling kill at Rolston – Graham Russell

28th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL)

Mandarin
3 Pochard
Common Tern

Strawberry Fields, nr Bridlington (TM)

ad Rose-coloured Starling flew over heading towards Bridlington

27th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL)

3 Shelduck
Wigeon
Teal
Mandarin
3 Pochard
4 Redshank east
Common Sandpiper (Swan island spit)
3 Common Tern

Osprey north over Old Ellerby today (TI)

Gadwall on the Mere – Jon Lamplough

26th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Wassand (JL,RL,ML,JC)

c120 Mute Swan
3 Shelduck
Wigeon
3 Pochard
3 Marsh Harrier male + 2 fem
1+ Hobby
Dunlin west
4 Common Tern
3 Shelduck
6 Lapwing and 1 chick
2 Common Sandpiper
Barn Owl
Bullfinch
3 Reed Warbler
4 Sedge Warbler
2 Yellowhammer

Reed Warbler at the Mere – Jeff Cox


Reed Warbler at the Mere – Jeff Cox


recent image of Shelducks along the Southside – Jeff Cox


Greylag Goose – Jeff Cox


Marsh Harrier from Wassand Hide – Roy Lyon


Mute Swan dropping into Decoy – Roy Lyon


Great Crested Grebe from Wassand Hide – Roy Lyon


‘if you go down in the woods today, beware of the big surprise…’ – Roy Lyon

24th May – Hornsea Mere, Northside (JL)

3 Common Scoter
2 Common Tern

23rd May – Hornsea Mere, Southside (JL)

Adult Kittiwake 7.45 – 8.10
2 Common Tern

22nd May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL)

3 Pochard
Fulmar flew north east
Hobby
Common Tern

21st May – Hornsea Mere, Southside (JL)

3 Pochard
Ruff (Swan island spit)
Common Sandpiper (Swan island spit)
Common Tern

20th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside (JL)

2 Pochard
Grey Heron
Ruff (Swan island spit)
2 Common Tern

19th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL)

Shelduck
Shoveler
2 Wigeon
Mandarin
3 Pochard
Little Egret east
2 Hobby (Seaton)
Ruff (Swan island spit)
7 Common Sandpiper (Swan island/ KP)
Common Tern
Cuckoo

18th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,JC,RL,ML)

2 Shelduck
Shoveler
2 Wigeon
3 Pochard
41 Tufted Duck
13 Great crested Grebe
Hobby
4 Oystercatcher (including 2 chicks)
2 Common Tern

17th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Wassand/KP (MR,AE,JL)

Shelduck
2 Wigeon
3 Pochard
9 Great crested Grebe
Grey Heron west
Black-tailed Godwit (attempted to land on KP)
2 Common Tern
Cuckoo

Common Swift over 1st Field


Common Swift over 1st Field


Common Swift over 1st Field


Common Swift over 1st Field


Gadwall over 1st Field


Fox with Cubs in Wassand – Alan Elkin


Fox with Cubs in Wassand – Alan Elkin


Fox with Cubs in Wassand – Alan Elkin


Fox with Cubs in Wassand – Alan Elkin

fem Mallard with ducklings/Pike fodder


a Deer in the Mere must be deep I can’t see it’s rear – Jon Lamplough

15th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Wassand/KP (AE,JL,JH)

Shoveler
2 Pochard
Black necked Grebe (north of Swan island)
1+ Red Kite (Wassand morning, north over mere late afternoon)
Hobby (Seaton)
Oystercatcher
Common Sandpiper
Redshank (KP)
Cuckoo

recordshot of Red Kite from this morning – Alan Elkin

recordshot of Red Kite from this morning – Alan Elkin

14th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside/Wassand (JL,JC,RL,ML)

92 Mute Swan
2 Shelduck
Shoveler
18 Gadwall
2 Pochard
41 Tufted Duck
Little Grebe
Red Kite over Southorpe Road around 16:30
2 Hobby
2 Grey Partridge
5 Oystercatcher
Green Woodpecker
2 Lesser Whitethroat by Weatherhill Farm
Hairy Dragonfly (Wassand)

Hairy Dragonfly from Wassand, a welcome patch tick for Mere regulars – Roy Lyon


juvenile Moorhen and Little Grebe in Wassand – Roy Lyon


Little Grebe performing in Wassand – Roy Lyon


drk Shoveler – Jon Lamplough


pair of Grey Partridge along the Southside – Jon Lamplough


Holly Blue – Jeff Cox


Large White – Jeff Cox


Orange Tip – Jeff Cox

13th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JC,JL,LB)

2 Cuckoo around Heslop’s
2 Grey Partridge Ouzel Hedge area
Red-legged Partridge
Barn Owl
5 Shoveler
2 Pintail
2 Wigeon
Mandarin
3 Pochard
Black-tailed Godwit south
3+ Common Tern

dos Cuckoo around Heslop’s – Jeff Cox


Cuckoo from Heslop’s area – Jeff Cox


A Mere Wabbit – Jeff Cox


Grey Partridge – Jeff Cox


singing Blackcap – Jeff Cox


Barn Owl along the Southside of Mere – Jeff Cox

12th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,JH)

3 Shoveler
Teal
2 Drake Mandarin
4 Pochard
43 Tufted Duck
9 Great crested Grebe
Hobby (Seaton)
2+ Grey Heron
2 Oystercatcher
Ringed Plover south
12 Dunlin south
6+ Common Sandpiper on Swan Island/KP
2 Redshank south
Common Tern
Cuckoo

11th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,LB)

78 Mute Swan
12 Shelduck south
4 Shoveler
4 Pochard
26 Tufted Duck
5 Dunlin east
2 Common Sandpiper KP
3+ Common Tern
Cuckoo heard
Green-veined White

Roe Deer again in the Mere at sunrise and at dusk today – Jon Lamplough

10th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Wassand/KP (JL,LB,JC)

3 Shoveler
2 Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
2 Hobby over 1st field reedbed
2 Avocet briefly on Swan island then flew west
Common Sandpiper on Swan island
3 Common Tern
115 Swift
Hairy Dragonfly
7 species of Butterfly logged including Green-veined White, Holly Blue and Comma

Hairy Dragonfly at the Mere today – Jeff Cox


Green-veined White at the Mere – Jeff Cox


Mute Swans on the Mere – Jon Lamplough

9th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Wassand (JL,LB,JC)

Little Egret flew north over Mere
12 Gadwall
3 Shoveler
Pochard
46 Tufted Duck
8 Great crested Grebe (2 displaying)
Little Grebe
Kestrel
male + fem Marsh Harrier
3 Common Buzzard
Hobby
2 Black tailed Godwit flew west
5 Common Tern
Cuckoo calling

Little Grebe from Wassand Hide – Jon Lamplough

8th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,PM,MR,LB)

Shelduck
3 Shoveler
Mandarin
2 Pochard
drake Scaup (off KP/Swan Island)
7 Great crested Grebe
2+ Hobby (2 over first field reedbed 5:20, several sightings late afternoon, off KP/Swan Island late evening + 1st field reedbed 21:00)
2 Oystercatcher
1+ Dunlin
4 Common Sandpiper
3 Whimbrel north
3 Common Tern, 9+ late evening + 1 Commic Tern
Wheatear (KP)

Dunlin around KP this afternoon – Alan Elkin


drk Scaup off KP – Jon Lamplough


Wheatear on KP today – Alan Elkin


Wheatear on KP today – Jon Lamplough


Cuckoo Flower found in the damp meadows of the Mere – Lesley Ball

7th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside (JL,RL,ML,AE,LB)

2 Shelduck
Shoveler
Mandarin
59 Tufted Duck
Pochard
7 Great crested Grebe
Black-necked Grebe till early evening at least off Swan Island
Hobby over Seaton
3 Oystercatcher
Dunlin (Swan Island)
Common Sandpiper (Swan Island)
2 Common Tern
Cuckoo (Wassand)

Roe Deer – Jon Lamplough


a Deer in the Mere on the warmest day of the Year – Jon Lamplough

6th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside (JL,LB)

Shelduck
Shoveler
drake Garganey off Swan Island
2 Pochard
Ringtail Harrier sp flew south over 2nd field 5:40am
male Marsh Harrier
2 Hobby over Swan Island then flew south + 1 seen at Seaton
4 Lapwing
Kingfisher
2 flava Wagtail over
Meadow Pipit

singing Willow Warbler in 2nd Field – Jon Lamplough


local Sparrowhawk from nearby Seaton – Jon Lamplough

5th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Wassand Hide/KP (JL,LI,ML,RL,AE,LB)

2 Shelduck
drake Garganey (off Hermitage Field, later from Wassand Hide)
49 Tufted Duck
Osprey 6:50 perched on Lady Island, then flew east
2 Hobby feeding over Lady Island (LI)
imm Spoonbill 14:55 flew south over Decoy (RL,ML) then again south over Kirkholme approach road 17:00 (LI)
3 Oystercatcher
3 Common Tern
2 Marsh Harrier
3 Common Buzzard
2 Little Grebe
7 Great Crested Grebe
54 Tufted Duck
4+ Cetti’s Warbler

recordshot, distant, heat haze, but that’s an Osprey on the patch, always ace! – Jon Lamplough


imm Spoonbill over Decoy Bay around 15:00 today – Roy Lyon


drk Garganey at the Mere today – Roy Lyon


1 of 2 Hobby today over the Mere – Roy Lyon


Blackcap in Wassand – Roy Lyon


Mallard with ducklings in Wassand – Jeff Cox


Speckled Wood (pic), Large White, Peacock and Tortoiseshell all seen today – Jeff Cox

May 4th be with You – Hornsea Mere, Wassand Hide/Southside/Northside/Darkside/KP (DV,O-WK,LS,JC,JL,LB,ML et al)

White Stork ‘moved along’ SW over Mere around 16:40, presumed wandering ringed individual from recent weeks
2 Black Swan – ‘rogue’ birds
Green Woodpecker
4 Jay
2 Treecreeper
4+ Whitethroat, also Rolston (GR)
6 Blackcap
2 Wedge Warbler
Reed Warbler
3 Chiffchaff
2 Willow Warbler
Little Grebe
3 Jedi’s Warbler
male Marsh Harrier
male Orange Tip on Woodland walk
8 Gadwall
2 Shoveler
4 Teal
Pochard
47 Tufted Duck
6 Great crested Grebe
Hobby (Swan Island then flew south west)
Dunlin (Swan Island)
Common Sandpiper (Swan Island)
2 Common Tern
Wheatear 1st Field also 1+ Hornsea South Cliffs

Wheatear at South Cliffs, Hornsea today – Martin Lonsdale


Swallows at the Mere – Jeff Cox


1 of 2 Black Swans today on the Mere – Martin Lonsdale


Treecreeper – Jeff Cox


Treecreeper – Jeff Cox


Whitethroat – Jeff Cox

3rd May – Hornsea South Cliffs early am (JC)

Barn Owl
4 Wheatear
2 Whitethroat
Lesser Whitethroat
14+ Meadow Pipit

an arrival of Wheatear and Meadow Pipit on South Cliffs this morning – Jeff Cox


Wheatear on South Cliffs – Jeff Cox

Wheatear on South Cliffs – Jeff Cox


Skylark with nesting material this morning – Jeff Cox


Hornsea Mere, KP/Southside/1st Field (JC,JL,LB)

Lapwing with 4 chicks
Kestrel soaring
Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
3+ Reed Warbler
5 Sedge Warbler
2 Blackcap
Cetti’s Warbler
2 Willow Warbler
Chiffchaff
Whitethroat
2 Shelduck
3 Shoveler
2 Teal
6 Great crested Grebe
Common Sandpiper
25 Swift

House Martins from the Mere – Jeff Cox


Reed Bunting – Jeff Cox


Lapwing chicks – Jeff Cox

2nd May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,JC,LB)

3 Shoveler
Mandarin
2+ Great Crested Grebe
pair Gadwall
Grey Heron
1 Kestrel
1+ Oystercatcher
Common Sandpiper
Snipe west
Common Tern
40 Swift
Flava Wagtail west
4 Sedge Warbler
4 Blackcap
Chiffchaff
3+ Willow Warbler
Whitethroat
2 Long-tailed Tit

from KP early aft

Yellow Wagtail
White Wagtail
3 Pied Wagtail
30+ Swift
100+ House Martin
60+ Swallow
4 Sand Martin

Whitethroat in Wassand today – Alan Elkin


fem Yellow Wagtail from KP today – Jeff Cox

Cowden/Mappleton (MR)

1 Wheatear
1 Cuckoo
1 Yellow Wagtail
Barn Owl
Siskin at Rolston (GR)

Barn Owl at Mappleton


Barn Owl doing 5 o’clock at Mappleton


Linnet at Cowden

1st May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,LB,AE)

3 Shoveler
7 Teal
Mandarin
Pochard
86 Tufted Duck
Goldeneye
2 Oystercatcher
6 Common Sandpiper Swan/Tree Island
Bar-tailed Godwit east
4 Common Tern
35 Swift

Greater Pond Sedge in flower, Mere edge 1st field – Lesley Ball


Yellow Wagtail on KP – Alan Elkin


White Wagtail on KP – Alaln Elkin

Cowden/Mappleton (MR)

2 1s Little Gull
2 Cuckoo
Yellow Wagtail
Barn Owl
7 Bullfinch

Chiffchaff at Cowden


Reed Bunting at Cowden


Barn Owl at Mappleton


April Sightings

30th April – Hornsea Mere (JL,LB)

2 Wigeon
2 Teal
Pochard
97 Tufted Duck
2 Kestrel
1+ Hobby (several sightings during the morning)
2 Oystercatcher
3 Common Sandpiper
Common Tern
good no’s of Sand Martin, Swallow + House Martin
15 Swift
Grasshopper Warbler

Ring Ouzel, Wheatears and ‘cream crown’ Marsh Harrier through at East Newton today (AJ)

Ring Ouzel at East Newton today – Ade Johnson


Wheatears at East Newton – Ade Johnson


Ring Ouzel and the back end of a Roe Deer at East Newton – Ade Johnson


Swallow in 1st Field – Alan Elkin

29th April – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,LI)

4 Teal
Pochard
90+ Tufted Duck
Goldeneye
4 Common Sandpiper (KP)
6 Marsh Harrier (2 males)
4 Common Tern
2 Arctic Tern east
4 White Wagtails (KP)

Far Grange, Skipsea (JH)

9 Whimbrel on the Golf Course
Black Redstart nr the beach

Fieldfare at Atwick – Roy Lyon


‘lingering’ Red Kite over Atwick church – Martin Lonsdale

28th April – Hornsea Mere (JL,JC,LB)

2 Teal
Pochard
102 Tufted Duck
20 Mute Swan
pair Gadwall
Osprey 6:15-6:20
5 Common Tern east
10 Arctic Terns east

27th April – Hornsea South Beach (AE)

2 Purple Sandpiper
1 Barn Owl along Longbeaches clifftop (26/4)

2 Purple Sandpiper (1 ringed) South beach – Alan Elkin



Barn Owl at Longbeaches – Alan Elkin

Hornsea Mere/Southside/KP (JL,JC,LB)

2 Shoveler
3 Teal
Pochard
104 Tufted Duck
Goldeneye
30 Swift
c200 Sand Martin
c100 Swallow
small no’s House Martin
2+ Willow Warbler
2+ Cetti’s Warbler
Chiffchaff

Kirkholme Point

2 White Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail
11+ Pied Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail on KP – Jeff Cox


hirundines at the Mere – Jeff Cox

26th April – Hornsea Mere (JL)

6 Shelduck
Shoveler
5 Teal
Goldeneye
Peregrine
2 Common Tern
40 Swift
Flava Wagtail west
Grasshopper Warbler

25th April – Hornsea Mere (JL,JC,LB,MR)

2 Shelduck
Shoveler
Wigeon
5 Teal
91 Tufted Duck
Pochard
Grey Heron
Little Egret west
Red Kite flew south late morning (SC)
Hobby from KP (JH) and Wassand (RL,ML)
2 Common Tern
25 Swift
250 Sand Martin
90 Swallow
RED-RUMPED SWALLOW 8:35 to 9:10 over Hermitage area, also seen 9:00 from Kirkholme (LI) and from Wassand/Lady Island area (GB) late morning. This bird arrives almost 9 years to the day since the Mere’s last record of 2 28th April 2009.
30 House Martin

Little Ringed Plover + Yellow Wagtail at Bewholme (JH)

Red Kite over the Mere late morning – Scott Creek


Common Terns from KP today


Grasshopper Warbler at the Mere – Scott Creek


Hobby in Wassand this afternoon – Roy Lyon


Blackcap (pic), Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat seen today in Wassand – Roy Lyon

24th April – Hornsea Mere (JL,RL,BMJ,MR)

Shoveler
4 Teal
Pochard
Grey Heron south
Common Sandpiper
3 Curlew west
1st summer Little Gull
3 Common Tern
16 Swift
3 Yellow Wagtail west
350 Swallow
280 Sand Martin
12 House Martin
Fieldfare flew west

Bewholme

Little Ringed Plover
Avocet
Common Sandpiper
Wheatear

Aldbrough/Cowden (AJ,MR)

3 Cuckoo
3 Grasshopper Warbler
5+ Wheatear
2+ Yellow Wagtail
Cetti’s Warbler
2 Redpoll north

Pied Wagtail on Kirkholme Point today


Wheatears at Cowden

23rd April – Hornsea Mere (JL,RL,ML)

4 Teal
63 Tufted Duck
Goldeneye
2 Oystercatcher
1st summer Little Gull
Arctic Tern
Common Tern
7+ Swift
2 Yellow Wagtail west
40 Swallow
90 Sand Martin
4 House Martin
Otter

Red Kite over Swinemoor, nr Beverley (GR)
Whinchat at Grimston (TI)

recent image of 3 Black-necked Grebes on the Mere – Roy Lyon

22nd April – Hornsea Mere (JL)

6 Shoveler
3 Wigeon
Teal
Goldeneye
Grey Heron
Red Kite flew east 09:30
Hobby (LI)
2 Curlew west
adult Little Gull
Common Tern
2 Arctic Tern
Cuckoo heard in Wassand

Grimston (TI)

Firecrest
Ring Ouzel
12+ Wheatear

Canada Goose on the Mere – Jon Lamplough

21st April – Hornsea Mere (JL)

Shelduck
6 Shoveler
Wigeon
5 Teal
7 Goldeneye
Mandarin
2 Little Grebe
5+ Marsh Harrier
Curlew flew north
2 Common Tern

Aldbrough/Cowden early am (AJ)

2 Cuckoo
2 ‘reeling’ Grasshopper Warbler
Cetti’s Warbler
2+ Sedge Warbler
good no’s of common migrants

20th April – Hornsea Mere (JC,JL,RL,ML)

at least 1 Avocet at Bewholme
Egyptian Goose
3 Shelduck
5 Shoveler
21 Teal
3 Wigeon
6 Pochard
15 Goldeneye
Mandarin
Common Tern
Grasshopper Warbler 1st field reedbed early am
Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler from 1st Field – Roy Lyon


drk Mandarin still present today – Jon Lamplough


Lesser Whitetroat – Jeff Cox

19th April – Hornsea Mere (JL)

2 Barnacle Geese
Shelduck
6 Shoveler
Wigeon
12 Teal
9 Pochard
16 Goldeneye
drk Mandarin
2 Grey Heron
2 Marsh Harrier
Whimbrel
3+ Little Gull
Kingfisher
Sand Martin flew west
female Ring Ouzel 2nd field
2 Whitethroat
2 Lesser Whitethroat

Grimston – migrants seen today (TI)

2 Ring Ouzel
Tree Pipit
1 ‘Greenland’ Wheatear
5 Whimbrel
‘cream crown’ Marsh Harrier

this morning’s Mandarin on the Mere – Jon Lamplough


1 of 2 Ring Ouzel at Grimston today – Tim Isherwood

18th April – Aldbrough/Cowden + Grimston (AJ,JC,TI)

an arrival of migrants today included

Cuckoo
several Wheatear
Grasshopper Warbler
Whitethroat
2 Lesser Whitethroat
2 Whitethroat
7 Chiffchaff
6 Willow Warbler
6 Blackcap
Cetti’s Warbler
Kestrel
5 Linnet
3 Yellowhammer
3 Little Grebe
2 Moorhen
3 Red-legged Partridge
Sand Martin along the cliff

Wheatear from today – Jeff Cox

17th April – Hornsea Mere (MR,JL)

Shelduck
2 Shoveler
2 Wigeon
2 Teal
Pochard
2 Bl*ck-n*ck*d Gr*b*
Whimbrel west
Curlew west
Common Tern
25 Swallows
35 Sand Martin
6 House Martin

16th April – Hornsea Mere – Wassand/Southside (JC,JL)

3 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
4 Black-necked Grebe
Green Sandpiper from 2nd field flew west
Common Tern feeding over the West end then flew East
13 Blackcap
5 Chiffchaff
Wheatear in 1st field
5 Great Spotted Pecker
Green Pecker
Starling at a prospective nest hole
4 Cetti’s Warbler

about as good as it gets for an Otter view from Wassand Hide – Jeff Cox


good no’s of Blackcap since the weekend – Jeff Cox


female Marsh Harrier – Jeff Cox


male Marsh Harrier – Jeff Cox

15th April – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL,JC,GB,RL,ML)

3 Grey Heron
4 Common Buzzard
5 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Avocet at Bewholme (GB)
5 Black-necked Grebe
4 Little Grebe
6 Great Crested Grebe
Barnacle Goose
8 Gadwall
Shoveler
5 Wigeon
10 Teal
2 Pochard
170+ Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
85 Goldeneye
Lapwing flew south + 3 breeding pairs
12 Lesser Black-backed Gull
4 Sand Martin
7 Swallow
2 Lesser Whitethroat
4 Sedge Warbler
16 Blackcap
8+ Cetti’s Warbler

Aldbrough clifftop (AJ) + Grimston (TI)

single Shore Lark present at Aldbrough
Firecrest present early am at Grimston

14th April – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand (JL,GB)

2 Grey Heron
7 Common Buzzard
5 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
Avocet at Bewholme (LI) + Green Sandpiper rptd
Egyptian Goose
Black-necked Grebe
3 Little Grebe
2 Shelduck
Long-tailed Duck
140 Goldeneye
4 Goosander
2 Dunlin flew east
2 Green Woodpecker
3 Swallow
5 Sand Martin
Grey Wagtail
Fieldare
Lesser Whitethroat
5+ Cetti’s Warbler

2 of the 4 Goosander on the Mere – Jon Lamplough

13th April – Aldbrough clifftop + East Newton (AJ)

5 Shore Lark still, fog hampering viewing
Little Owl East Newton
fem Black Redstart nr Hill Top House, East Newton
2 Siskin + 3 Blackcap Rolston (GR)

Black Redstart at East Newton – Ade Johnson


Black Redstart at East Newton – Ade Johnson

Hornsea Mere – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide (JL,GB)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier
Peregrine
Black-necked Grebe
Little Grebe
2 Shelduck
Long-tailed Duck
5 Goosander
4 Sand Martin flew east
2 Swallow flew east
White Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
6 Redwing
4+ Cetti’s Warbler
2 Blackcap
3 Chiffchaff

12th April – Aldbrough clifftop + Grimston (AJ,TI,JR)

5 Shore Lark late morning still
Little Owl East Newton
Ring Ouzel, Green Sandpiper + Water Rail at Grimston

the Grimston Nuthatch – Joanne Richardson


the Grimston Nuthatch – Joanne Richardson

Hornsea Mere – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide (JL,GB,ML,RL)

Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
Peregrine
Long-tailed Duck
Black-necked Grebe
2 Little Grebe
2 Shoveler
2 Green Woodpecker
5 Sand Martin flew east
4 Swallow
4 Chiffchaff
2 Otter off Wassand Hide

Long-tailed Duck still in residence at the Mere – Roy Lyon

11th April – Grimston (TI,AJ)

Nuthatch still
fem Black Redstart

Black Redstart at Grimston – Ade Johnson

Hornsea Mere – KP/Northside (JL,GB)

Grey Heron
2 Marsh Harrier
Peregrine
6 Shoveler
6 Wigeon
6 Sand Martin flew east

10th April – Aldbrough clifftop (AJ)

5 Shore Lark still at 14:45
Blackcap, Chiffchaff + Willow Warbler at the fish ponds
Little Owl at East Newton

Hornsea Mere – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand (JL,JC,GB,BMJ)

2 Grey Heron
24 Mute Swan
42 Greylag Goose
56 Canada Goose
14 Gadwall
3 Shoveler
Long-tailed Duck
2 Green Woodpecker
Sand Martin flew east
4 Swallow flew east
Grey Wagtail
fem-type Black Redstart at South Beach (Longbeaches) and Boat Compound/Sluice at 13:30
4 Chiffchaff
Blackcap

9th April – Aldbrough clifftop, Rolston + Grimston (AJ,GR,TI)

5 Shore Lark at Aldbrough this afternoon, in foggy conditions
Brambling seen at Rolston this morning
Green Woodpecker heard at Grimston (5th record for area)

Hornsea Mere – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (GB,JL,AE)

2 Grey Heron
5 Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
22 Teal
2 Shoveler
Long-tailed Duck
6 Sand Martin
4 Swallow
Grey Wagtail
5 Chiffchaff
3 Blackcap
5 Cetti’s Warbler

8th April – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL,JC,GB,AE)

3 Grey Heron
4 Common Buzzard
5 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Little Grebe
26 Mute Swan
66 Canada Goose
48 Greylag Goose
18 Gadwall
4 Shoveler
17 Teal
2 Wigeon
2 Pochard
185 Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
160 Goldeneye
Swallow flew east
Grey Wagtail
4 Chiffchaff
Willow Warler
2 Blackcap
6 Cetti’s Warbler
Otter from Wassand Hide

Aldbrough clifftop + Cowden (AJ,TI,JC,MR)

5 Shore Lark
2+ Little Grebe
2+ Wheatear
4 Yellowhammer
9 Linnet
2 Barn Owl
2 Chiffchaff
11 Redwing
3 Oycs
7 Roe Deer

Grimston (TI)

1 Nuthatch – a patch first for the recording area
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (ringed) also present on feeders with the Nuthatch

Nuthatch, a patch first for Grimston – Tim Isherwood


Ring-necked Parakeet at Grimston – Tim Isherwood


Shore Lark at Aldbrough – Jeff Cox


Shore Lark at Aldbrough – Tim Isherwood


Roe Deer – Jeff Cox


pair Little Grebe’s on the Mere – Jon Lamplough

7th April – Aldbrough clifftop (AJ)

5 Shore Lark
2 Barn Owl

resident Little Owl at East Newton – Ade Johnson


resident Little Owl at East Newton – Ade Johnson

Hornsea Mere – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GR,JC,GB,AE,BMJ)

3 Grey Heron
Red Kite between Seaton and Catwick at 11:15 (JL), Red Kite also over Tickton 13:41 (PM)
5 Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
Peregrine flew east
Black-necked Grebe
2 Little Grebe
Shelduck
16 Gadwall
2 Shoveler
2 Teal
2 Pochard
170+ Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
180+ Goldeneye
a magnificent sight of 6 Common Crane circling over the Mere before flying south-east at 14:46 (GR) subsequently picked up heading south inland of Grimston some 30 mins later (TI)
8 Lesser Black-backed Gull
Barn Owl
2 Sand Martin flew east
Swallow flew east
White Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
7 Chiffchaff
2 Willow Warbler
2 Blackcap, also rptd at Rolston (GR)
7 Cetti’s Warbler

Black-necked Grebe on the Mere – Jeff Cox


Black-necked Grebe on the Mere – Jeff Cox


Black-necked Grebe – Jon Lamplough


Black-necked Grebe – Alan Elkin


Black-necked Grebe – Alan Elkin

6th April – Aldbrough clifftop (AJ)

5 Shore Lark at 10am

Horse Mere – Southside/KP/Wassand (JL,GB,JC,BMJ)

2 Grey Heron
5 Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
Black-necked Grebe
Little Grebe
16 Gadwall
2 Shoveler
2 Teal
2 Pochard
170+ Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
140+ Goldeneye
6 Lesser Black-backed Gull
Barn Owl
4 Chiffchaff
7+ Cetti’s Warbler

5th April – Wassand Hide/KP/Northside (JL,ML et al)

2 Grey Heron
5 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
Black-necked Grebe
Little Grebe
2 Teal
fem Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
5 Lesser Black-backed Gull
Swallow flew west
3 Sand Martin flew west
5 Chiffchaff

resident Common Buzzard from the Mere with prey – Roy Lyon


fem Scaup on the Mere – Jon Lamplough


Black-necked Grebe still present today – Martin Lonsdale

4th April – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL,GB,JC,MI,JH,RL et al)

3 Grey Heron
5 Common Buzzard
6 Marsh Harrier (2 males)
24 Mute Swan
Black-necked Grebe (seen distantly on 03/04 RL et al)
2 Little Grebe
14 Gadwall
9 Shoveler
2 Teal
2 Pochard
170+ Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
140 Goldeneye
2 Green Woodpecker
Swallow
3 Redwing
7 Cetti’s Warbler
3 Yellowhammer

Grimston early am (TI)

Black Redstart
3 Wheatear
Blackcap
2 Marsh Harrier flew south
imm Peregrine

Black-necked Grebe off Heslop’s today – Roy Lyon


Black-necked Grebe off Heslop’s today – Roy Lyon


distant Black-necked Grebe today – Jeff Cox


Common Dog Violets – Jeff Cox


Brown Hare – Jeff Cox


Little Grebe – Jeff Cox


Yellowhammer – Jeff Cox


Long-tailed Duck

3rd April – Aldbrough clifftop + East Newton (AJ)

5 Shore Lark in the morning
Sand Martin through north
male Black Redstart late afternoon at East Newton

male Black Redstart at East Newton, Aldbrough – Ade Johnson


male Black Redstart at East Newton, Aldbrough – Ade Johnson


4 of the 5 Shore Lark at Aldbrough this morning – Ade Johnson

Hornsea Mere – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB,BMJ,AE)

2 Grey Heron
4 Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
3 Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrel
4 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
2 Shelduck
12 Gadwall
Shoveler
3 Teal
4 Wigeon
2 Pochard
160+ Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
180 Goldeneye
Barn Owl
3 Meadow Pipit flew north
10 Sand Martin flew west

2nd April – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide (JL,GB)

2 Grey Heron
4 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
Peregrine
3 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
2 Shelduck
Shoveler
2 Teal
51 Wigeon
52 Redwing

1st April – Aldbrough clifftop (AJ)

5 Shore Lark
2 Wheatear

1 of 2 Wheatear seen at Aldbrough today – Ade Johnson


a tad later arriving this year, the first Wheatears logged at Aldbrough – Ade Johnson

Hornsea Mere – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (RL,ML,JL,GB,JC,AW,WA)

3 Grey Heron
7 Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
4 Sparrowhawk
6 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
24 Mute Swan
14 Gadwall
Shoveler
3 Teal
4 Pochard
270+ Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
265 Goldeneye
7 Oystercatcher
Little Gull
2 Green Woodpecker
Grey Wagtail
6+ Chiffchaff
5 Cetti’s Warbler
male Black Redstart at Tansly Ave in Hornsea, for 2nd day at least
3 Bullfinch
Otter near Swan Island

1 of 3 Chiffchaff seen in Southgate Cemetery today – Roy Lyon


1 of 3 Chiffchaff seen in Southgate Cemetery today – Roy Lyon


1 of 3 Chiffchaff seen in Southgate Cemetery today – Roy Lyon


Long-tailed Duck – Jon Lamplough


Long-tailed Duck – Jon Lamplough


Fiddler Pheasant on the Roof fooling around – Roy Lyon


March Sightings

31st March – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB,MI,LI)

Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier
3 Sparrowhawk
Peregrine
12 Gadwall
Shoveler
4 Pochard
165 Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
180+ Goldeneye
Little Gull
Mediterranean Gull
Grey Wagtail
4 Chiffchaff
4 Cetti’s Warbler

30th March – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB,LI)

3 Grey Heron
9+ Common Buzzard
7+ Marsh Harrier
6+ Sparrowhawk
Peregrine
6 Great Crested Grebe
Shelduck
12 Gadwall
2 Shoveler
3 Teal
4 Wigeon
8 Pochard
230+ Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
240+ Goldeneye
2 Oystercatcher
4 Cetti’s Warbler

29th March – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL,GB)

3 Grey Heron
7 Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
4 Great Crested Grebe
2 Little Grebe
2 Shelduck
14 Gadwall
Shoveler
3 Teal
52 Wigeon
12 Pochard
265 Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
280+ Goldeneye
redhead Goosander
3 Oystercatcher
4 Lapwing
Redshank
2 Lesser Black-backed Gull
2 Stock Dove
Kingfisher
2 Green Woodpecker
Sand Martin
3 Meadow Pipit flew north
Chiffchaff
3 Cetti’s Warbler
10 Redwing
2 Siskin

28th March – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB,CH)

3 Grey Heron
4 Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
4 Great Crested Grebe
28 Mute Swan
64 Greylag Goose
34 Canada Goose
43 Gadwall
2 Shoveler
12 Wigeon
10 Pochard
110+ Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
170+ Goldeneye
Curlew flew west
2 Oystercatcher
12 Lapwing
2 Lesser Black-backed Gull
5 Sand Martin
Meadow Pipit flew north
4+ Cetti’s Warbler
Siskin

27th March – Southside/Northside/Wassand Hide/Wassand (JL,GB,BMJ)

Great White Egret from 16:12,flew SW at 17:20
3 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
12 Wigeon
Long-tailed Duck
2 Oystercatcher
460+ Woodpigeon
2 Green Woodpecker
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Chiffchaff at Wassand

26th March – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB)

2 Grey Heron
3 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Shelduck
2 Teal
Long-tailed Duck
70 Golden Plover flew west
2 Oystercatcher
juv Glaucous Gull flew west
Barn Owl
Grey Wagtail
3 Meadow Pipit flew north

Mappleton North Beach (GB)

Scandinavian Rock Pipit
Black Redstart

25th March – Southorpe/KP/Northside/WassandHide/Woodland Walk/Wassand (JL,GB,WA,LB)

5 Grey Heron
8 Common Buzzard
6 Marsh Harrier (2 males)
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
22 Mute Swan
98 Greylag Goose
46 Canada Goose
Shelduck
Pintail
64 Gadwall
25 Teal
48 Wigeon
46 Pochard
435 Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
480+ Goldeneye
drk Common Scoter
Curlew flew west
32 Lapwing
2+ Woodcock at Wassand
Barn Owl
2 Green Woodpecker
5+ Great Spotted Woodpecker
6 Skylark
Stonechat near Heslops
6 Redwing
7+ Chiffchaff
5 Cetti’s Warbler
Jay
55+ Siskin at Wassand
Otter from Wassand Hide

24th March – Aldbrough Fish Ponds (AJ)

Woodlark calling/flew over the Ponds late morning

Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand (JL,JC,GB)

3 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
2 Barnacle Goose
Shelduck
3 Pintail (2 drks)
9 Teal
drk Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
325 Goldeneye
Grey Wagtail
2 Green Woodpecker at Wassand
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker at Wassand

partial leucistic House Sparrow in Hornsea – Jeff Cox


partial leucistic House Sparrow in Hornsea – Jeff Cox

23rd March – Aldbrough (AJ)

1 Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting at Aldbrough – Ade Johnson


Snow Bunting at Aldbrough – Ade Johnson

Hornsea Mere – Southside/KP (JL,GB)

3 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
2 Barnacle Goose
2 Shoveler
drk Scaup
Curlew flew west
Dunlin flew east
Kingfisher
4 Cetti’s Warbler

22nd March – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk/Wassand (JL,GB,BMJ)

3 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrel
4 Great Crested Grebe
4 Shoveler
12 Teal
65 Wigeon
40 Pochard
230+ Goldeneye
110+ Lapwing flew west
2 Green Woodpecker at Wassand
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Meadow Pipit flew south
Grey Wagtail
4 Cetti’s Warbler

21st March – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand (JL,GB)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
4 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
2 Barnacle Goose
Shoveler
24 Teal
320+ Wigeon
64 Pochard
80+ Tufted Duck
Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
270+ Goldeneye
110 Lapwng flew west
Ringed Plover flew north
2 Meadow Pipit
3 Cetti’s Warbler

20th March – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL,GB,JH,RL,ML,LB)

3 Grey Heron
4 Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrel
4 Great Crested Grebe
2 Little Grebe
24 Mute Swan
68 Greylag Goose
2 Barnacle Goose
12 Canada Goose
74 Gadwall
4 Shoveler
48 Teal
720+ Wigeon
64 Pochard
260+ Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
2 Scaup (1 drk)
185 Goldeneye
90 Lapwing
2 Oystercatcher
3 Little Gull
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Grey Wagtail
3 Cetti’s Warbler
26 Siskin

19th March – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand (JL,LI,GB,BMJ)

Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
3 Great Crested Grebe
2 Little Grebe
64 Greylag Goose
Pink-footed Goose
2 Barnacle Goose
22 Canada Goose
4 Shoveler
42 Teal
330+ Wigeon
54 Pochard
fem Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
180+ Goldeneye
drk Goosander
110+ Lapwing
2 Oystercatcher
8 Little Gull
1w Kittiwake near Swan Island
Grey Wagtail
Rock Pipit at KP flew north
12 Redwing at Wassand
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Black Redstart at Southgate Cemetery

18th March – Southside/KP/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk/Wassand (GB,BMJ,LB,RL,ML)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzaard
2 Marsh Harrier
3 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
4 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
24 Mute Swan
Pink-footed Goose
76 Greylag Goose
2 Barnacle Goose
12 Canada Goose
110+ Gadwall
4 Shoveler
12 Teal
44 Wigeon
86 Pochard
230+ Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
260+ Goldeneye
90+ Lapwing
2 Oystercatcher
Woodcock at Wassand
5 Little Gull in am, 8 in pm
260+ Common Gull
Barn Owl
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Grey Wagtail
Black Redstart at Beckside/Southgate Cemetery
10+ Redwing
5 Long-tailed Tit

Black Redstart in Southgate Cemetery – Roy Lyon


Black Redstart in Southgate Cemetery – Roy Lyon


Little Gull’s over the Mere – Roy Lyon


Little Gull over the Mere – Roy Lyon


single Pink-footed Goose on the Southside of the Mere – Roy Lyon


Finnish rung Black-headed Gull (ST 259525) from KP – Roy Lyon


distant fem Scaup on the Mere – Roy Lyon

17th March – Hornsea Mere (LI,LB,GB)

2 Grey Heron
Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
64 Greylag Goose
2 Barnacle Goose
24 Canada Goose
94 Gadwall
4 Shoveler
12 Teal
4 Wigeon
45 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
285 Goldeneye
2 Oystercatcher
110+ Lapwing flew west
2 Little Gull
Grey Wagtail
Barn Owl
male Black Redstart at Beckside

16th March – Southside/KP/Northside (GB,LB,LI,JL,RL,ML)

3 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Long-tailed Duck in Bull Hole
12 Little Gull including 2 in-off at KP/1st Field mid-aft
Barn Owl

Common Buzzard at West Carlton nr Aldbrough – Ade Johnson

15th March – Southside/KP/Wassand Hide (JC,BMJ,LB,GB)

2 Grey Heron
Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
3 Great Crested Grebe
Barn Owl

14th March – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (GB,AW,LB,PM)

3 Grey Heron
Red Kite over Wassand/Decoy for 20 mins then flew west
8 Common Buzzard
5 Marsh Harrier (2 males)
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Peregrine
2 Little Grebe
4 Great Crested Grebe
2 Barnacle Goose
180+ Gadwall
2 Shoveler
115 Teal
160+ Wigeon
85 Pochard
260+ Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
285 Goldeneye
2 Goosander (1 drk)
160 Lapwing flew south
3 Woodcock at Wassand
Barn Owl
5+ Great Spotted Woodpcker
Redwing
3 Cetti’s Warbler
4 Long-tailed Tit
Treecreeper
Jay
22 Tree Sparrow
70+ Linnet
26 Reed Bunting
4 Yellowhammer

13th March – Aldbrough clifftop 09:30 (AJ)

5 Shore Lark
2 Snow Bunting

Hornsea Mere – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand (GB,LB)

3 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Peregrine
160+ Greylag Goose
42 Canada Goose
2 Shoveler
Long-tailed Duck
230+ Goldeneye
270+ Lapwing flew south
1400+ Wood Pigeon
Barn Owl
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Jay
Otter off Swan Island

12th March – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB)

Little Egret
2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Peregrine
Pink-footed Goose flew north
2 Shoveler
56 Teal
310 Wigeon
85 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
180+ Goldeneye
220 Lapwing flew east

11th March – Aldbrough clifftop (AJ,BMJ,TI,RL,ML)

5 Shore Lark in the morning
2cy Glaucous Gull in area then flew south
2 Snow Bunting
Chiffchaff
Mealy Redpoll
Little Grebe
Water Rail
Ringed Plover
c240 Wigeon on sea

Glaucous Gull at Aldbrough – Roy Lyon


Glaucous Gull at Aldbrough – Roy Lyon


Glaucous Gull at Aldbrough – Roy Lyon


Glaucous Gull at Aldbrough – Roy Lyon

Hornsea Mere – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL,JC,GB,LB,RL,ML)

2 Grey Heron
3 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
2 Little Grebe
4 Great Crested Grebe
28 Mute Swan
98 Greylag Goose
24 Canada Goose
2 Barnacle Goose
drk Goosander
180+ Gadwall
drk Pintail flew east
2 Shoveler
65 Teal
74 Wigeon
86 Pochard
240+ Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
260+ Goldeneye
140 Lapwing flew south
Golden Plover flew west
Barn Owl
Sand Martin flew west at 17:40
5+ Great Spotted Woodpecker
Jay

10th March – Aldbrough clifftop (AJ,MR)

no sign of the 5 Shore Lark
2 Snow Bunting present

Snow Bunting’s at Aldbrough – Ade Johnson

Hornsea Mere – Wassand Hide/Northside (JL)

Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
Kestrel
62 Teal
18 Goosander (4 drks)

9th March – Aldbrough clifftop (AJ,MR)

5 Shore Lark though mobile
mobile Linnet flock (upto 100 birds) holds 2 Snow Bunting
Barn Owl
Shag

mobile Shore Lark’s at Aldbrough


Shore Lark at Aldbrough


5 Shore Lark at Aldbrough


Shore Lark at Aldbrough


Shag at Aldbrough – Ade Johnson

Hornsea Mere – Southside/KP (AE,JL,GB,RL,ML)

Bittern in reedbed north of KP
2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier
Kestrel
3 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
Pink-footed Goose
2 Barnacle Goose
3 Shoveler
Long-tailed Duck
34 Lapwing
Barn Owl

local Little Owl – Alan Elkin

8th March – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB)

2 Grey Heron
Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier
Kestrel
3 Great Crested Grebe
182 Greylag Goose
24 Canada Goose
2 Barnacle Goose
165 Gadwall
2 Shoveler
210+ Teal
190+ Wigeon
76 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
Oystercatcher
juv Glaucous Gull off Swan Island in am flew west
1200+ Wood Pigeon

7th March – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL,GB,MI,LB,RL,ML)

3 Grey Heron
Red Kite over Southorpe Farm at 14:27 (NH)
3 Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Peregrine
22 Mute Swan
2 Little Grebe
6 Great Crested Grebe
2+ White-fronted Goose
2 Tundra Bean Goose
64 Greylag Goose
42 Canada Goose
2 Barnacle Goose
Shelduck
drk Pintail
2 Shoveler
240+ Gadwall
160 Teal
340 Wigeon
170 Pochard
460 Tufted Duck
fem Scaup
520+ Goldeneye
Long-tailed Duck
2 Common Scoter (1 drk)
2 Water Rail heard
5 Moorhen
200+ Lapwing flew south
65 Golden Plover flew south
Oystercatcher
1500+ Wood Pigeon
Barn Owl
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
12 Redwing
25+ Blackbird
4 Cetti’s Warbler

aberrant Coot at the Mere from Wassand Hide – Roy Lyon


aberrant Coot at the Mere from Wassand Hide – Roy Lyon

6th March – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand (JL,GB,LB)

3 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
2 Peregrine
5 Great Crested Grebe
24 Mute Swan
2 White-fronted Goose
2 Tundra Bean Goose
44 Greylag Goose
12 Canada Goose
2 BarnacleGoose
220+ Gadwall
drk Pintail
2 Shoveler
280+ Teal
640+ Wigeon
120+ Pochard
260+ Tufted Duck
fem Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
285 Goldeneye
2 Common Scoter (1 drk)
190 Lapwing
Dunlin
Oystercatcher
juv Glaucous Gull near Swan Island flew east
Barn Owl
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Grey Wagtail
24 Redwing

5th March – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Wassand (JL,GB,BMJ)

2 Grey Heron
Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
2 Great Crested Grebe
2 White-fronted Goose
2 Tundra Bean Goose
Pink-footed Goose
44 Greylag Goose
12 Canada Goose
2 Barnacle Goose
180 Gadwall
drk Pintail
14 Shoveler
280 Teal
720 Wigeon
90 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
240+ Goldeneye
2 Common Scoter (1 drk)
4 Goosander (1 drk)
Ringed Plover
2 Dunlin
4 Oystercatcher
400+ Wood Pigeon
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Grey Wagtail
60+ Redwing
90+ Fieldfare
40+ Blackbird

4th March – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,LB,GB)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier
Kestrel
6 Great Crested Grebe
160+ Greylag Goose
2 Barnacle Goose
7 Shoveler
85 Wigeon
60 Teal
Long-tailed duck
230+ Goldeneye
8 Common Scoter
6 Dunlin on Swan Island, 2 at KP
30 Redwing

3rd March – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand (JL,JC,GB,LB,BMJ,GT,RL,ML)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
4+ Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrel
Peregrine
6 Great Crested Grebe
2 White-fronted Goose
2 Tundra Bean Goose
140+ Greylag Goose
24 Canada Goose
210+ Gadwall
4 Shoveler
60 Teal
320 Wigeon
88 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
345 Goldeneye
6 Common Scoter (2 drks)
ad Little Gull off seafront in aft
Bar-tailed Godwit
8 Dunlin
Barn Owl
5 Great Spotted Woodpecker
110 Redwing
12 Fieldfare
45+ Blackbird

Dunlin at the Mere today – Roy Lyon


pair of Common Scoter on the Mere upto 6 seen today – Roy Lyon


Long-tailed Duck still present – Roy Lyon


Long-tailed Duck – Roy Lyon

2nd March – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk/Wassand (JL,GB,LB)

2 Grey Heron
Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
Sparrowhawk
Peregrine
6 Great Crested Grebe
3 Tundra Bean Goose flew south
6 Pink-footed Goose flew south
94 Greylag Goose
14 Shoveler
70+ Teal
14 Wigeon
24 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
4 Lapwing
2 Golden Plover
8 Dunlin
2 Woodcock at Wassand
3 ad Little Gull at KP in am, 7 ads there in pm
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
9 Fieldfare
12 Redwing
35+ Blackbird

1st March – Aldbrough Fish Ponds (AJ)

some birds seeking refuge from the easterly blasts at the ponds included

drk Scaup
25 Wigeon
30 Mallard
4 Teal
1+ Jack Snipe
1 Water Rail

Scaup at Aldbrough – Ade Johnson


Scaup at Aldbrough – Ade Johnson

Hornsea Mere – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL)

Grey Heron
Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
Peregrine
Knot flew west
Dunlin flew west, 2 flew north
Woodcock
15 Stock Dove
3 Fieldfare
10 Redwing


February Sightings

28th February – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL)

2 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
Sparrowhawk
Ringed Plover flew east
2 Snipe flew east, 1+ Snipe Stream Dike (JC)
6 Stock Dove
8 Redwing
30 Blackbird

27th February – Catwick/Sandsfield Tip area early aft (RL,ML)

juv Glaucous Gull

Glaucous Gull over Sandsfield area – Roy Lyon


Glaucous Gull over Sandsfield area – Roy Lyon

Southside/KP/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JC,RL,ML,JL,LB,GB)

2 Grey Heron
3 Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
2 White-fronted Goose
2 Tundra Bean Goose
Pink-footed Goose
Shelduck
7 Shoveler
365+ Teal
Long-tailed Duck
220 Goldeneye
Woodcock at Wassand
6+ Siskin
6+ Goldfinch

2cy Mute Swan from the Mere – Roy Lyon


Kestrel – Roy Lyon


Siskin and Goldfinch at the Mere – Roy Lyon

26th February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JC,JL,GB,LB)

3 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
2 Oystercatcher
2 White-fronted Goose
2 Tundra Bean Goose
96 Greylag Goose
32 Canada Goose
90+ Barnacle Goose
2 Shelduck
180+ Gadwall
220+ Teal
160+ Wigeon
90 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
230 Goldeneye
760 Wood Pigeon
Barn Owl
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
10+ Siskin

Oystercatchers on KP – Jeff Cox


Oyc in flight – Jeff Cox

25th February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JF,JC,JL,GB,LB,BMJ)

3+ Grey Heron
3 Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
Sparrowhawk
2 White-fronted Goose
2 Tundra Bean Goose
95+ Greylag Goose
2 Canada Goose
120+ Barnacle Goose
30 Teal
Long-tailed Duck
300+ Goldeneye
Barn Owl
2 Stock Dove
6 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Grey Wagtail
2 Redwing
2 Cetti’s Warbler
5 Long-tailed Tit
Nuthatch singing near the Bridge over the Dyke along Woodland Walk
Jay
2 Bullfinch
Otter from Wassand Hide

Nuthatch, a scarce bird in East Yorkshire especially near the coast, and a great addition to anyone’s Mere List – Jeff Cox


Nuthatch in Wassand – Jeff Cox


Tundra Bean Goose – Jeff Cox


male Bullfinch – Jeff Cox


Barn Owl around the Mere – Jeff Cox


Otter from Wassand Hide – Jeff Cox


Great Spotted Woodpecker – Jeff Cox


Pecker’s, Tit’s and Fat Balls in Wassand – Justin Foradip

24th February – Southside/KP/Northside (RL,ML,JL,GB,JC,BMJ,LB)

3 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Peregrine
2 White-fronted Goose
2 Tundra Bean Goose
104 Greylag Goose
32 Canada Goose
120+ Barnacle Goose
180+ Gadwall
45 Teal
115 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
230 Goldeneye
180 Lapwing flew west
Ringed Plover flew west
Barn Owl
Grey Wagtail
Stonechat

Tundra Bean Geese and Greylag – Roy Lyon

Tundra Bean Geese off 1st Field – Roy Lyon


White-fronts on the Mere – Roy Lyon


White-fronted Geese off 1st Field – Roy Lyon


Tundra Bean Geese and White-fronts on the Mere – Roy Lyon


part of the Goose flock over the Mere – Roy Lyon

23rd February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL,GB,BMJ)

3 Grey Heron
4 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Peregrine
3 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
Shelduck
125+ Wigeon
231 Teal
185 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
230+ Goldeneye
Barn Owl
Great Spotted Woodpecker

22nd February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL,GB,BMJ)

3 Grey Heron
4 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Peregrine
3 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
Shelduck
125+ Wigeon
231 Teal
185 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
230+ Goldeneye
Barn Owl
Great Spotted Woodpecker

21st February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (AW,JC,JL,GB,RL)

3+ Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
3 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
2 Tundra Bean Goose landed near Swan Island, departing at 09:00
4 Pink-footed Goose flew north
121 Barnacle Goose
Shelduck
2 Pintail
3 Shoveler
175+ Teal
95 Wigeon
260+ Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
220 Goldeneye
46 Lapwing flew west
20 Golden Plover flew west
1400+ Wood Pigeon
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Stonechat
2 Mistle Thrush
4 Song Thrush
14 Redwing
25+ Blackbird
3 Cetti’s Warbler
Jay

Coot from Wassand Hide – Jeff Cox


Little Grebe from Wassand Hide – Roy Lyon


Little Grebe from Wassand Hide – Roy Lyon

20th February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (GB,JL,BMJ)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
Sparrowhawk
Peregrine
Kestrel
4 Great Crested Grebe
2 White-fronted Goose
74 Greylag Goose
4 Pink-footed Goose
14 Canada Goose
210+ Barnacle Goose
305 Gadwall
94 Wigeon
325+ Teal
215 Pochard
360+Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
280+ Goldeneye
70 Lapwing flew west
2 Oystercatcher
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
68 Redwing at Wassand
4 Fieldfare at Wassand
2 Stonechat

19th February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL,GB,ML,RL)

3 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Sparrowhawk
4 Great Crested Grebe
2 Little Grebe
240+ Gadwall
148 Wigeon
250+ Teal
190+ Pochard
1100+ Wood Pigeon
2 Stonechat
Otter off Wassand Hide

18th February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL,JC,GB,BMJ)

4 Grey Heron
6+ Common Buzzard
6+ Marsh Harrier (2 males)
2 Sparrowhawk
5 Great Crested Grebe
8 Whooper Swan flew north
39 Mute Swan
2 1w White-fronted Goose with Greylag flock
140+ Greylag Goose
67 Canada Goose
122 Barnacle Goose
220 Mallard
285 Gadwall
2 Shoveler
350+ Wigeon
280+ Teal
260 Pochard
560+ Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
485 Goldeneye
410 Coot
12 Lapwing on Southside, 44 Lapwing flew west
2 Oystercatcher
Barn Owl
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Stonechat
44 Redwing
7 Fieldfare
30+ Blackbird
2 Cetti’s Warbler
Jay
2 Yellowhammer singing
2 Skylark singing
3 Roe Deer
Otter from Wassand Hide

17th February – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,JC,GB,BMJ)

3+ Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
3 Great Crested Grebe
ad Whooper Swan flew south
13 Pink-footed Goose flew west
380+ Wigeon
260+ Teal
240+ Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
340+ Goldeneye
drk Goosander flew east
120 Lapwing flew west
Barn Owl
Grey Wagtail
2 Stonechat

16th February – Catwick/Sandsfield Tip area (ML,RL)

juv Glaucous Gull + Caspian Gull

Hornsea Mere – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB,ML,RL)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2+ Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
3 Great Crested Grebe
2 Whooper Swan off Swan Island
9 Pink-footed Goose flew west
240+ Gadwall
82 Wigeon
56 Teal
144 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
210+ Goldeneye
2 Stonechat
*of interest the Finnish rung Black-headed Gull from 4th Feb, was present again.
The ring appears to read ST 259 525 (RL et al)

Whooper Swans on the Mere this afternoon – Roy Lyon


Whooper Swans on the Mere – Martin Lonsdale


Finnish Black-headed Gull on KP – Roy Lyon

15th February – Catwick/Sandsfield Tip area (JL)

juv Glaucous Gull in field approx 400m NW of Sandsfield entrance late morning

Southside/KP (JL,GB)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Great Crested Grebe
94 Greylag Goose
12 Canada Goose
120 Barnacle Goose
60+ Wigeon
2 Shoveler
144 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
220+ Goldeneye
Lapwing flew west
Grey Wagtail
2 Stonechat

14th February – 1st Field/KP (JL,GB)

2 Grey Heron
2 Marsh Harrier
210+ Gadwall
145 Pochard
205 Goldeneye
3 Lapwing flew west
Dunlin flew west
Lesser Black-backed Gull flew west
2 Stonechat

13th February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide (JL,JC,GB,BMJ)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2+ Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
90+ Greylag Goose
120 Barnacle Goose
2 Shoveler
145 Wigeon
7 Teal
170+ Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
210+ Goldeneye
95 Lapwing flew west
2 Oystercatcher
Grey Wagtail
2 Stonechat

12th February – Southside/KP/Northside (MR,JC,KS,JL,GB)

Little Egret
3+ Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
84 Greylag Goose
4 Canada Goose
120+ Barnacle Goose
220+ Gadwall
2 Shoveler
48 Wigeon
97 Teal
174 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
215 Goldeneye
2 Oystercatcher
80+ Lapwing
Grey Wagtail
2 Stonechat
2 Green Woodpecker
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Jay

Signs of spring on KP, pair of Oyc’s back today


Herring Gull with nesting material on KP


Stonechat in 1st Field – Jeff Cox


Stonechat in 1st Field – Jeff Cox


Song Thrush – Jeff Cox


Oyc’s over the Mere – Jeff Cox

11th February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (GB,BMJ,JL,LB,RL et al)

Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
3+ Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrel
Peregrine
94 Greylag Goose
9 Pink-footed Goose flew north-west
32 Canada Goose
120+ Barnacle Goose
230+ Gadwall
4 Shoveler
250+ Teal
74 Wigeon
220+ Pochard
360+ Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
295 Goldeneye
Barn Owl
2 Stonechat

2cy Black-headed Gull on KP with Danish origins (VA3 321) – Roy Lyon

10th February – Southside/KP (JL,GB,LB)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
Peregrine
220+ Gadwall
64 Wigeon
160+ Teal
Long-tailed Duck
140+ Goldeneye
Barn Owl
Grey Wagtail
2 Stonechat

9th February – Northside/Southside (JL,LB)

Marsh Harrier
Peregrine
Kestrel
169 Teal
2 Shoveler
97 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
Barn Owl
3 Stonechat

8th February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JC,JL,LB,GB,BMJ,RL et al)

Great White Egret briefly from Wassand Hide, flew south-east at 10:33
2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
5 Marsh Harrier (2 males)
Sparrowhawk
Peregrine
Kestrel
5 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
95 Greylag Goose
58 Canada Goose
200+ Barnacle Goose
245 Gadwall
420+ Teal
86 Wigeon
2 Shoveler
140+ Pochard
480+ Tufted Duck
fem Common Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
308+ Goldeneye
560+ Coot
600+ Wood Pigeon
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Mistle Thrush
3 Stonechat (1 male)
32 Linnet
16 Reed Bunting
7 Tree Sparrow
Jay
1 Bearded Tit

just in for a dip, an all too brief (36 seconds) Great White Egret – Jeff Cox


Great White Egret – Jeff Cox


Great White Egret – Jeff Cox


Common Scoter on the Mere – Roy Lyon


Common Scoter on the Mere – Roy Lyon

7th February – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB,MI)

2 Grey Heron
Glossy Ibis flew west over Swan Island at 16:23
2 Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
Peregrine
4 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
94 Greylag Goose
120+ Barnacle Goose
Pintail
322 Teal
104 Wigeon
Long-tailed Duck
210 Goldeneye
juv Glaucous Gull briefly landed near Swan Island in am then flew west
2 Barn Owl
29 Fieldfare flew west
Grey Wagtail

6th February – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB)

Grey Heron
Common Buzzard
Peregrine
3 Great Crested Grebe
Shelduck
214 Gadwall
335 Teal
2 Shoveler
22 Wigeon
126 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
195 Goldeneye
Grey Wagtail

5th February – Catwick/Sandsfield Tip area (JL)

juv Glaucous Gull in field west of Sandsfield Tip in afternoon

distant juv Glaucous Gull – Roy Lyon

Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand (JC,MR,JL,GB,RL et al)

Grey Heron
Common Buzzard
2+ Marsh harrier
Sparrowhawk
3 Great Crested Grebe
120 Barnacle Goose
Shelduck
260+ Gadwall
2 Shoveler
64 Teal
44 Wigeon
134 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
210 Goldeneye
220 Lapwing near Heslops
Golden Plover flew west
Snipe at KP
Barn Owl
2 Cetti’s Warbler
20+ Redwing
2 Fieldfare
Mistle Thrush

Roe Deer on the Southside – Jeff Cox


Roe Deer on the Southside – Jeff Cox


Great Spotted Woodpecker – Jeff Cox


Long-tailed Duck on the Mere – Roy Lyon


an irritating gathering of Thrush down the Mere – Justin Foradip

4th February – Aldbrough clifftop (AJ)

6 Shore Lark present at midday

Hornsea Mere – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB,BMJ,JH,RL,ML)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Peregrine
Kestrel
5 Great Crested Grebe
95 Greylag Goose
160+ Pink-footed Goose flew south
28 Canada Goose
120 Barnacle Goose
230 Gadwall
240 Wigeon
2 Shoveler
460+ Teal
385 Tufted Duck
180+ Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
415 Goldeneye
fem Common Scoter
Grey Wagtail at KP

Danish rung Black-headed Gull on KP – Roy Lyon


Finnish rung Black-headed Gull on KP – Roy Lyon

3rd February – Southide/KP/Northside/Wassand (JL,GB,BMJ)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Peregrine
Kestrel
5 Great Crested Grebe
24 Canada Goose
120 Barnacle Goose
Pintail
369 Teal
172 Wigeon
180 Pochard
fem Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
220+ Goldeneye
Barn Owl
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Stonechat

2nd February – Southside/KP/Northside (JC,JL,GB)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Peregrine
Kestrel
Barn Owl
5 Great Crested Grebe
119 Barnacle Goose
95 Greylag Goose
22 Canada Goose
2 Shoveler
165 Gadwall
8 Teal
250+ Wigeon
72 Pochard
160+ Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
205 Goldeneye
Green Woodpecker heard
2 Stonechat
4 Bullfinch

Barnacle Geese around the Mere – Jeff Cox

1st February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide (JL,GB,ML,RL)

2 Grey Heron
2 Comon Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
Sparrowhawk
Peregrine
5 Great Crested Grebe
80 Teal
65 Wigeon
78 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
180 Goldeneye
fem Common Scoter