Monthly Archives: October 2011

30th/31st October

Sightings on the 30th included a fem/imm red-breasted merganser off Kirkholme, 1 scaup, 3  whooper swans and a couple of crossbills over.

On the 31st, a morning visit found the merganser off 2nd field, 1 Little egret, fem. marsh harrier, 86 Barnacle geese in the winter wheat field (no rings), a flock of 6 Bullfinches in the gorse hedge, small flocks of siskin and redpoll over and 3 mistle thrushes. Nowt in Decoy.

A late afternoon visit to Kirkholme produced a confiding water rail showing well along the reedbed edge by the jetties.

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28th oct

8 o’clock start on the south side produced 3 whoopers in with another 2 joining them, 1 rcp present along with goosander, dunlin, 2 marsh harrier and small passage of redwing and skylarks. A quick stop at the yorkslister butty shop filled some groaning oversized bellies, then departed to a recommended sycamore copes a mile up the coast which produced sod all. Wassand was then the next port of call hoping for an autumn migrant. Again a few thrushes and larks moving with scanning of tit flocks proving non eventful. We headed to the pine plantation when a raptor was picked up heading west over the wood followed by shouts of fucking rough legged. The bird flew low over decoy wood then over weatherhill farm being mobbed by the local corvids. Only the second record for mere birders, previous bird was in may 08. Other birds present included 4 crossbill west, passage skylarks reed bunts and bullfinch. All in all a good day let’s hope the Filey glossy visits the mere as some of us are still gripped off


25th/26th Oct

25th Oct 11.30-16:00

A relatively mild day with a light SSE. Still at least 2 1w Scaup and 3 Little Gull just off KP late morning,  9 Golden Plover over and single Dunlin on Tree Island. 3 Crossbill flew south over 1st field early aft and a small passage of Skylark. The west end of Mere produced a drake Scaup, 6 Pintail,1 Whooper Swan and an increase of Goldeneye. The Barney flock still favouring the field just south of Heslop’s reedbed. Late afternoon and a Water Rail was showing well in the reed edge off 1st field.

26th Oct 08:00-12:30

A fresh (fuckin freezing) SW and misty early on warming up by mid morning leaving clear blue sky. A fem Scaup off KP was probably a new bird in early morning before it snook off with 12 Pochard. Grey Wag around the jetties and still 1 Little Gull lingering. The southside produced a small but steady passage of Skylark south, and also a steady passage of Starlings (300+) south and west over Mere. Snipe along 2nd field shore, and single Chiff Chaff in the willows there. 40+ Goldeneye dropped in from the north late morning.

Late afternoon 6 Whooper Swan dropped on Mere, Black necked Grebe off 2nd field, Kingfisher and Golden plover. The highlight however was the Starling roost around Heslop’s which held at least 5000 birds.


13th October

Light easterly veering south east late morning, cloudy.

8:30 – 9:30 hrs.

Trickle of passerines going over Kirkholme included small numbers of siskin, redpoll, mipits, skylark, grey wag and redwing. Seven Whooper Swans on the water with at least 12 Goldeneye.  Single Ringed Plover and Dunlin on the Point end, plus 2 Little Egret nearby.

15:00 – 17:00 hrs

3 Scaup showing well off Kirkholme, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Dunlin and best of all, a GLOSSY IBIS which ‘appeared’ on Tree Island at 16:oo hrs and stayed put ( with an accompanying Little Egret) until closing time.

According to Rare and Scarce Birds in Yorkshire ( Wilson and Slack), a bird was seen flying over the Mere on 15th May 1976 and there is an older record, listed simply as ‘Hornsea’ in October 1909.

Glossy Ibis - Adrian Johnson


Winter birds! 8th/9th Oct

After the sweltering conditions of the previous weekend, the big coats and gloves were out on Saturday, 14 Whoopers dropped into the Mere early afternoon, and the Barnacle Goose flock numbered 89. A single Pink footed Gooses circled te Mere a couple of times before flying south. A Black tailed Godwit on tree island and a small passage of Redwing. FemGoldeneye off KP and a 1w Scaup off there late afternoon. 2 House martin also seen from the Caf.

A gander round Holmpton early Sunday produced 1 Jack Snipe flushed, 5 Snipe over, 4 Chiffs, 1 Blackcap, 1 Brambling, 12 Redwing, Peregrine and a Bonxie south. Late morning down Mere produced 1 Rock Pipit by the jetties, Grey Wag, 5 Goldeneye off KP and 2 off 1st field reedbed. The Barnacle Goose flock had risen to at least 112 today and an Ad Med Gull dropped in with the gulls just south of Heslops reedbed. The wildfowl sheltered from the wind/Helly Hansen brigade at the west end and contained 18+ Pintail, RCP, 1w Scaup and 1 Whooper still (7 Whoopers S.Webb earlier) 1 LittleGullflew out west and a juv Marsh Harrier.


6th October

14:45-16:45 hrs  Strong westerly.

3  Marsh Harrier,  54 Pink-feet ( inc a flock of 40 that landed in the stubble field), 81 Barnacle Geese, 2 Goldeneye, 11 Pintail, 1 Golden Plover, 6 Grey Partridge.

Osprey and Little Stint reported earlier in the day.


Weekend Roundup – 30th Sept – 3rd Oct

The warm weather continued thru-out, ensuring the tee-shirts and shorts stayed out of the winter closet, and the factor 30 slap was blathered on foreheads and bald patches alike.

After the Yorkslisters cameo on Friday evening dropping in on the Pec Sand and getting himself a Mere tick (and keeping his pecker up from Thursday) what else could found at the Mere. As Saturday dawned the was Pec was still about but spent most of the day on the spit that runs off Swan Island, only getting briefly onto the shore of 2nd field a handful of times. A small band of birders got themselves on a Mere pelagic and managed to get some belting views of the Pec on the spit (checkout Martin Standleys blog for pics), and then picking up on a Great White Egret as it cut out West over the Mere around 11.00. Thankfully the Egret was located at the West end by Steve Webb early afternoon enabling at least 7 birders to connect, and spent 3 hours down there until it flew off West around 16.26. A Bittern was also seen by a visiting crew from the Hull Valley. 2 Kingfisher, and 8 Pintail also noteworthy.

Sunday and the Pec was still about yet again mostly on the spit. A couple of Rock pipits where picked up late afternoon on KP.

Monday 3rd Oct, Pec still present till 13.30 at least on spit, 2 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Common sand, 3 Little Egrets, 1 Peregrine, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1w Med Gull, 103 House Martin, 8 Swallow.