A warm southerly for the most part of the day produced 2 little egrets south, Hobby, Peregrine, 1 Blackwit, 1 Ruff, 1 Redshank, 56 Pink feet south, 3 Common Sand 1+ Ad Med Gull, 3 Little Gull. Bird highlight of the day however was the cracking juv Pectoral Sandpiper picked up around 1715hrs at the East End of the Mere still present at 1820hrs at least. See Yorkslister for some video footage.
Monthly Archives: September 2011
No birding was planned for the day, as aside from 3 belting late afternoon wader fests at Pat Haven earlier in the week the birding around the Mere has been pretty much pants. All that changed when the pager ripped into life 9.30ish with news that the Sandhill Crane was on its way south down the east coast from Northumberland. A call to Tony, and the plan was made to Viz-mig from 1st field at the Mere whilst waiting on news of the southbound Crane.
From the top of 1st field the only birds of note were the juv Hobby, an Adult and 2w Med Gull. At around 12.15 Tone scanning with bins then piped up “check out the lass walking thru the gate”. I turned to view thru my scope and what i can only describe as a 5’11 Holly Valance lookalike wearing black high heels, skimpy denim hot pants and a top which basically didnt exist!! Walking with 2 seedy looking guys carrying some serious camera gear, straight past us and straight onto 2nd field shoreline. Fuckin ell a Porn shoot at the Mere. The news was quickly broadcast thru the Merebirders grapevine to other Merebirders, fly-by-nights, sex-cases and Yorkslisters!! Hence to say we where treat to a 70 minute photo session where we duly noted the finer points of the young lady’s coverts, remigies and ventral areas.
The show lasted till 13.30 by which time the Crane was now in Yorkshire, so we left the Mere and trekked north, sadly the news dried up as it approached Whitby, although we got as far as Ravenscar it just wasn’t meant to be. But thats birding, sometimes you see em sometimes you don’t, and sometimes you get a crackin pair of tits at the Mere. Good Times.
For a couple of videos of the shoot checkout the Yorkslister
Mere sightings 23/09 – 1 juv Hobby still, Kingfisher (1st field), Ruff 1, Dunlin 1, 1 Redshank, 2 Common Sand, 4 Curlew over, 9+ Pintail, 1+ RCP, 1 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, 1 juv Little Gull, 2 Ad Med Gull dropped on Mere early aft, 14 Barnacle Geese over south and appeared to drop in fields south of Mere. No sign of the Little Stint today but it was reported on KP around 11.30.
22/09 – Little Stint on KP for 10 mins this morning with 2 Dunlin, also 8 Pink feet on Mere and 9 over south, 1 Common Sand, juv Hobby, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard and a lingering Swift.
18:15-19:15hrs (Heavy showers)
A few waders along the edge of second field; 2 Ruff, 4 Redshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin plus 2 Curlew over. The Black-necked Grebe was off Swan Island again and around 150 Little Gull were present. Water Rail also heard calling.
A blustery WSW hampered the chances of picking up any migrants so the birding was done in some of the more sheltered spots towards the west end of the Mere were the increasing flock/s of wildfowl congregated. Birds of note, 1 Black n grebe (off Cormorant trees), 340+ Wigeon, 17+ Pintail, 28 Shoveler, 45 Teal, 47 Gadwall, 52 Pochard, 13 GC grebe and 2 RCP’s. 5 Ruff still around, 2 Redshank and single Dunlin. At least 1 Hobby still present, 2 Marsh Harrier over and a Buzzard. No sign of the juv Med gull but an Ad Med Gull dropped on the Mere mid afternoon, and a Kingfisher (only a handful of sightings this year) on the wooden stakes off 1st field.
An hours watch from 18:30hrs produced the following; 500 Little Gull, 2000+ Black-headed Gull, 50 Common Tern, 2 Ruff, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 2 Redshank and 2 Curlew over. Some disturbance is being caused by shooters in the adjacent stubble fields in the evenings. Greylag and Canada Geese are the apparent targets due to ‘crop damage’ and this has been permitted by the landowners.
The wind picked up from late morning, coming from an easterly quater which produced some interesting birds along the coast including a good movement of Pink-feet, a flock of 57 moving south over the Mere late afternoon. Also of note were the 3 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Wood and 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 50 Little Gulls and the juvenile Med. Gull which reappeared off Kirkholme Point.