Monthly Archives: June 2014

June Sightings

30th June – (AJ) Tunstall

1 Little Stint on Tunstall flood

Little Stint at Tunstall - Ade Johnson

Little Stint at Tunstall – Ade Johnson


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29th June – (AJ) Aldbrough Fish Ponds

A couple of photo’s of Azure Damsels found at the ponds by Ade

Azure Damsel at Aldbrough  - Ade Johnson

Azure Damsel at Aldbrough – Ade Johnson


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28th June – (GB) Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am

3 Grey Heron
2 Sparrowhawk
5 Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier
10 Great Crested Grebe
70+ Mallard
62 Gadwall
3 Shoveler
92 Tufted Duck
7 Pochard
Cuckoo
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Treecreeper

Tunstall – (AJ)

Although relatively widespread these Azure Damselflies at Tunstall
are a patch first find for Ade

Azure Damselfies at Tunstall - Ade Johnson

Azure Damselfies at Tunstall – Ade Johnson

27th June – (GB) 1st/2nd field in pm

6 Common Tern
c400+ Swift
c240 House Martin
c140 Sand Martin

26th June – (GB) 1st/2nd field in pm

166 Mute Swan (excludes cygnets)
Sparrowhawk

25th June – Wassand/Decoy hide in am (MR)

9 Curlew over
4 Wigeon (3 drks)
50 Gadwall
4 Pochard
27 Tufted Duck
90+ Mallard
2 Grey Heron
3 Marsh Harrier
3 Common Buzzard
Grass Snake

Curlew's over Decoy

Curlew’s over Decoy


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Grass Snake

Grass Snake


Grass Snake from hide

Grass Snake from hide

Leven Carrs – (EH)

Common Crane still present late aft

24th June – KP late am (MR)

1 ad Little Gull
8 Curlew over south
Cetti’s Warbler singing east end
fem Marsh Harrier over east end

ad Little Gull briefly on Jetty

ad Little Gull briefly on Jetty

23rd June – 1st/2nd field in evening (MR,GB)

c46 Curlew over Mere (groups of 4,17,23,2) coming in from the east
c300 Common Swift over the southside
155 Mute Swan off 2nd field
2 Oystercatcher
2 Common Tern off KP

Common Swift over 2nd field

Common Swift over 2nd field


Curlew's dropping in over Mere late evening

Curlew’s dropping in over Mere late evening

in am (GB,RB)

Reed Warbler Survey by boat (GB,RB)
0830-1130 Examination of all suitable habitat around the Mere within the Boundary Markers
4+ Grey Heron
2 Egyptian Geese
44 Gadwall
4 Wigeon
3 adult Little Gulls in summer plumage
1 Common Tern
2+ Water Rail

22nd June – 1st/2nd field late am – (MR)

7 Curlew over NNW
1 Redshank over Mere
fem Marsh Harrier over Mere
Common Buzzard
1 Common Tern

21st June – Wassand/Decoy hide late am – (MR)

6 Curlew over
1st summer Hobby from hide
55 Gadwall
73 Tufted Duck
3 Pochard
3 Grey Heron

18th June – KP in am (MR)

2 Oystercatcher Swan Island
Curlew over north
4 Grey Heron

Wassand/Decoy hide in pm – (MR,SP)

upto 3 Hobby (ad, 2 1st sum)
3 Marsh Harrier
2+ Common Buzzard
Kingfisher from the Woodland walk
2 Curlew over NNW

Hobby from the hide

Hobby from the hide


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17th June – (MR,GB)

1 Great northern Diver – an unseasonal record (and probably only the 4th Mere record) of a bird picked up flying high west at 10:15 over the southside viewed from KP, then u-turned over 3rd field and headed out back high east to the coast
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2 Egyptian Goose off Tree Island
3 Shoveler off Tree Island
2 drk Wigeon off Tree Island

LBb Gull - taking a break from mullering ducklings

LBb Gull – taking a break from mullering ducklings

Redcar early aft – (MR,TI,RW)

1 Black Scoter
100+ Common Scoter

recordshot Black Scoter, Redcar - Rich Willison

recordshot Black Scoter, Redcar – Rich Willison


Black Scoter, Redcar - Dicky Ticker

Black Scoter, Redcar – Dicky Ticker

16th June – (MR) KP in am

3 Redshank on KP flew off south
2 Egyptian Goose off Swan Island
drk Wigeon off Tree Island
2 Grey Heron on northside

15th June – (GT)

Bewholme mid aft – 1 Avocet

(MR) 1st/2nd field in am

2 Common Tern on Mere
several hundred Common Swift over southside
7 Curlew over (1 south, 6 NNW)
Cetti’s Warbler singing east end
male Marsh Harrier over 1st field

Red Admiral 1st field

Red Admiral 1st field


Speckled Wood 2nd field

Speckled Wood 2nd field


Poppy in 2nd field

Poppy in 2nd field

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – in am (GB)

2 Grey Heron
3 Marsh Harrier
12 Great Crested Grebe
90+ Mallard
48 Gadwall
5 Shoveler
48 Tufted Duck
11 Pochard
Goldeneye
2 Cuckoo
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Treecreeper

14th June – (MR,TM) Cowden

8 Curlew north
6 Sandwich Tern north
2 Fulmar

North Yorkshire

1+ Goshawk
Dipper
Grey Wagtail
Nuthatch

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Dipper

KP – in am (GB)

2 Sparrowhawk
4 Wigeon (3 drakes)

13th June – (AJ) Leven Canal

Hairy Dragonfly - Ade Johnson

Hairy Dragonfly – Ade Johnson

Hairy Dragonfly - Ade Johnson

Hairy Dragonfly – Ade Johnson


'rufescens' form of Blue-tailed Damselfly - Ade Johnson

‘rufescens’ form of Blue-tailed Damselfly – Ade Johnson


Red-eyed Damselfly - Ade Johnson

Red-eyed Damselfly – Ade Johnson


Four-spotted Chaser - Ade Johnson

Four-spotted Chaser – Ade Johnson

12th June – (GB)

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – in am

3 Grey Heron
Sparrowhawk
3 Marsh Harrier
2 Buzzard
Hobby
10 Great Crested Grebe
70+ Mallard
46 Gadwall
3 Shoveler
46 Tufted Duck
7 Pochard
2 Cuckoo
Kingfisher
Yellow Wagtail over
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Treecreeper

9th June – (MR,SP) Wassand/Decoy hide in pm

Kingfisher from the Woodland Walk
9 Pochard
4 Teal
5 Shoveler
Marsh Harrier
Common Buzzard
2 Grey Heron

8th June – (LI) KP in am

1 Fulmar again over Mere
1st sum Goldeneye (ad drk found dead)
drk Scaup
Cuckoo over north
2 Marsh Harrier
2 Common Buzzard

HVWG hide early aft (RL)

drk Wigeon + Grey Heron

Wassand/Decoy hide early aft (MR)

drk Garganey
drk Scaup
1st sum Goldeneye Decoy Channel
11 Teal
1+ Hobby
4+ Four-spot Chaser
Hairy Dragonfly from hide late aft (LI)

drk Garganey in the heat haze from hide

drk Garganey in the heat haze from hide


Decoy Bay Mute Swans - down from 10, these 8 currently avoiding the Mink

Decoy Bay Mute Swans – down from 10, these 8 currently avoiding the Mink


Gadwall from the hide

Gadwall from the hide

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am – (GB)

3 Grey Heron
2 Sparrowhawk
4 Marsh Harrier
3+ Buzzard
1+ Hobby
6 Great Crested Grebe
60+ Mallard
34 Gadwall
2 drake Wigeon
5 Shoveler
52 Tufted Duck
9 Pochard
Cuckoo
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Treecreeper

Wassand Fox

Wassand Fox

7th June – (MR) am from southside, overcast with frequent heavy showers

1 Fulmar over east end of Mere 9:10-09:20, high over Swan Island from 2nd field 09:50, west over KP/Swan Island 11:35

Fulmar

Fulmar

Fulmar west over KP, 1st Merebirders record since June 2009

Fulmar west over KP, 1st Merebirders record since June 2009


Fulmar over the KP Putting Green

Fulmar over the KP Putting Green

3 Oystercatcher east over Mere from 1st field
2 Curlew over 2nd field south
Cetti’s Warbler singing east end of Mere
Bee Orchid + Southern Marsh Orchid 2nd field

Bee Orchid - 2nd field

Bee Orchid – 2nd field


Southern Marsh Orchid - 2nd field

Southern Marsh Orchid – 2nd field


a bedraggled Sand Martin on KP

a bedraggled Sand Martin on KP

6th June – (MR) Wassand/Decoy hide in am (permit access only)

2 Hobby
3 Marsh Harrier
4 Common Buzzard
Grey Heron
2 Teal
drk Wigeon
Grass Snake from hide
2+ Comma Wassand woodland walk
Brimstone Wassand carpark
Mink from hide
7+ Four-spot Chasers from hide

Grass Snake and Coot

Grass Snake and Coot


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Mink with a Rat kill

Mink with a Rat kill


Four-spot Chaser

Four-spot Chaser

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2nd field late aft (LI)

a superb find was this Bee Orchid in 2nd field

Bee Orchid - 2nd field

Bee Orchid – 2nd field

5th June – (GB)

KP – in am – Drizzle-light rain

Grey Heron
Sparrowhawk
2 Egyptian Geese
Red-crested Pochard
2 drake Wigeon
Goldeneye
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – am – Drizzle with some heavy showers

2 Grey Heron
2 Sparrowhawk
3 Marsh Harrier
2 Buzzard
2 Hobby
8 Great Crested Grebe
45+ Mallard
24 Gadwall
2 drake Wigeon
4 Shoveler
34 Tufted Duck
9 Pochard
2 Cuckoo
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Treecreeper

4th June – (GB)

KP – in am – Heavy rain showers

2 Sparrowhawk
2 Egyptian Geese off Swan Island
Red-crested Pochard
2 drake Wigeon
1 Goldeneye

2nd June – (GB,RB)

Reed Warbler survey by boat (GB,RB)
0800-1030 – Examination of all suitable habitat around the Mere within the Boundary Markers
Grey Heron-in off the Sea
32 Gadwall
Water Rail – at least 8 birds calling

KP-late am

Red-crested Pochard
2 drake Wigeon

1st June – (GB)

KP-am

Grey Heron
drake Red-crested Pochard
2 drake Wigeon
18 Gadwall
2 Egyptain Goose (SP)

Egyptian Geese off KP - Simon Pugh

Egyptian Geese off KP – Simon Pugh


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Morden Bog, Dorset – (MR,TM,NS)

1 Short-toed Eagle
2 Hobby
2+ Dartford Warbler
Tree Pipit
Stonechat
15+ Med Gull
Nightjar
Green Woodpecker

Short-toed Eagle - phonescoped

Short-toed Eagle – phonescoped


Short-toed Eagle - Morden Bog

Short-toed Eagle – Morden Bog


crowdshot early doors, with a few East Yorkshire folk present

crowdshot early doors, with a few East Yorkshire folk present