Monthly Archives: May 2012

May 11th,15th,16th,17th,19th

11th May 09:00-17:00 (MR,LI,TM,SN)

A cracking days birding at the Mere was mostly done by the boathouse, as a baltic NNW wind cut thru the Mere with intermittent light showers. Against the backdrop and scanning thru of many thousands of hirundines and Swifts, birds noted were 3 Black necked Grebes, 2 RCP’s (drk + fem), 1 LRP, 4 Wheatear KP, 3 Little Gull (1st summers), 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Arctic Skua dark morph (east over KP/east end Mere), 1 Hobby, 1 Short-eared Owl and 2 Common sands.

Wheatears – Jon Smith

15th May – (MR) – 2 Black necked Grebe, 2 RCP’s, 1 Egyptian Goose. Highlight however was the Turtle Dove found in Wassand by local residents Ray and Shirley.

Turtle Dove in Wassand

16th May (MR,LI) – am, 1 Dunlin, 2 RCP, 4 Common Sand, 3 Little Gull, pm 3 RCP’s (drk + 2 fems), 5 Little Gull, 3 Common Sand, 1 Dunlin, 1 Hobby and 2 White wags.

17th (MR,LI) – 5 Little Gull, 2 Black necked Grebe, 3 RCP’s, 4 Common Sand.

18th (MR) – 3 RCP’s, 2 Common Sand, Dunlin. Bewholme 3 Common Sand.

19th (TM,MR,LI) – 2 Arctic Tern thru east, 1 Common Tern, 3 Little Gull, Dunlin, 2 Common Sand. A late afternoon scan of hirundines was cut short enabling MR,LI and MJ to score with the Flamborough Citrine Wagtail early evening.


May 6th,7th,8th,9th&10th

Mere sightings from the past 5 days:

6th May (TM,SN) – 1 Grasshopper wrb reeling on the southbank between 1st and 2nd field early morning, 2 Black necked Grebe off 2nd field and a pair of RCP’s off 1st field late evening (LI)

7th May (MR,TM,SN) – 1 Fem Scaup west end, 2 Hobby, 1 LRP on KP, 2 Redshank, 3 Common sand, 22 Goldeneye, 1 Tundra Bean, 1 Black swan, 1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Ross’s type goose, 1 Plastic bag, 9 Whimbrel north and 2 Curlew. 1 LRP Bewholme + 13 Fieldfare.

8th May (MR) – 2 Wheatear KP + 1st field, 2 at Bewholme, 2 on seafront by the butty shop, 7 Common Sand KP + 1 at Bewholme, Gypo goose also Bewholme, 2 Redshank east end, 1 Little Gull 1st sum, Hobby, 12 Yellow wag north + 1 1st field, 1 Short eared owl south over Mere/2nd field late evening (LI,MR). Brimstone around Heslops (L.Ball)

9th May (MR) – 3 1st sum Little Gull, 3+ Common sand, 16 Goldeneye, 4 Wigeon, 16 Pied wag, 3 Yellow wag, 1 White wag, Tundra Bean, Bar headed goose and Black swan. The highlights however were 2 Ad Common Cranes picked up over 1st field (MR) and 2nd field (‘Gordon’ Bennett) just after 11am that spent around 25 minutes over the Mere before drifting off SW, just giving enough time for ‘Snazzy Feets’ latest recruit/mobile toe nail clipper time too catch up with em!! The next highlight was just short of a couple of hours away when an Osprey cut out from Decoy at 13:20 and made its way east then north over the Mere, again giving time for mobile foot specialists time to connect. Also just before the rain came late afternoon a pair of Garganey showed off the jetties by the east end reedbeds till 18:30.

Sadly not seen but noteworthy was a knackered Wryneck which was found in a Hornsea locals greenhouse just away from the Mere, and released in the cemetry.

10th May (MR) – Another Osprey picked up heading SE over the Mere at 08:10 (‘Gordon’ Bennett), was followed shortly after by a different (possibly yesterdays bird) again heading north (MR,GB,MJ) at 09:55. 3 Little Gull again on Mere, 11 Oycs over (MJ), 2 Common Sand, 1 Whimbrel west, 1 drk Goosander, 6+ Sparrowhawks, Grass snake in Heslops and a Wheatear at Bewholme.


Cranes – Sky High

2nd May


A decent few hours down Mere produced 7 Whimbrel north, 11 Arctic tern briefly then north, 1 Common tern, 2 Male 1 Fem Marsh Harrier, Peregrine and 2 Hobby. Whitethroat 1st and 2nd field and a Common Sand, with the highlight being a male Redstart found by Ade  (‘Gordon’ Bennett) around the KP putting green till 11ish at least.

After a soiree to South Landing to see the flycatcher, mid to late afternoon produced 8 Ad Little gull and a 1st summer bird on the Mere.

1st May – Wheatear (2nd field, TM), 30th April – Whinchat (1st field, L.Ball)

Also a shot of the Green winged Teal found by Tone on the 22nd April.

Green winged Teal – Steve Webb