Monthly Archives: August 2014

August Sightings

31st August – (GB)

KP – am

4 Grey Heron
Little Egret
Egyptian Goose
45 Teal
4 Little Gull
juvenile Med.Gull
Yellow Wagtail

1st field – pm

260 Little Gull upto 20:00
3 Grey Heron
Little Egret
11 Wigeon
13 Shoveler

30th August – (GB)

Offshore Mappleton – early am

2200+ Little Gull heading out ENE at first light
male Marsh Harrier flew NW
2 Manx Shearwater N
2 Whimbrel flew south
Redshank flew south
juvenile Black Tern flew south

KP – am

4 Swift
4 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
Egyptian Goose
2 Common Sandpiper
4 Little Gull
Yellow Wagtail

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – am

4 Grey Heron
1 Little Egret
2 Common Buzzard
juvenile Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
Hobby
5 Shoveler
70+ Teal
140+ Tufted Duck
5 Wigeon
Kingfisher

Mappleton – pm (GB,BMJ)

80+ Little Gull offshore upto 20:00
360+ Common Tern flew south
Whimbrel flew south

1st field-late pm
21 Little Gull at 20:20

29th August – (GB)

KP – am

Little Egret
Little Gull
Egyptian Goose

1st field – early aft

15 Little Gull 17:45

Mappleton – pm 19:15-20:00

2400+ Little Gull
760+ Common Tern south
44 Sandwich Tern south
5 Knot south
3 Dunlin south
juv Yellow-legged Gull

28th August – Mappleton in evening (TM,MR)

a minimum of 3750 Little Gulls mainly south off Mapp, and settling on the sea between Mapp and Cowden
2 Whimbrel south
25 Teal on sea
Peregrine south
a steady passage of Common Tern south

Cowden late am/early aft

1 male Redstart
1 Pied Flycatcher
good no’s of Blackcap, Willow Wrb’s, White and Lesserthroat’s
1 Wheatear
1 Sedge Warbler
1 Garden Warbler
3 Yellow wagtail south
2 Curlew north
3 Mute Swan north
2 Kestrel south

Grimston – (TI)

1 Barred Warbler
Redstart
Whinchat
Pied Flycatcher
Marsh Harrier + Hobby
2 Pied Flycatcher at Aldbrough (AJ)

KP – am (GB)

Little Egret
4 Little Gull
10 Wigeon
45 Teal
2 Swift
110+ Sand Martin

1st field-pm

Sparrowhawk
34 Little Gull upto 20:30
Little Egret – Swan Island
Curlew flew SW

27th August – Cowden in am (MR)

4 Corn Bunting
1 Pied Flycatcher
2+ Garden Warbler
1 Reed Warbler
1 Wheatear
16+ Lesser Whitethroat
20+ Whitethroat
1 GS Woodpecker

1st/2nd field at Mere early am

8 Wigeon
6 juv Shelduck on Mere then flew west
23 Teal off 2nd field
2 Little Gull
2 Little Egret

2nd field late aft – (MR,TM)

juv Med Gull on Mere
5 Common Sandpiper
1 Little Egret
3 Little Gull
2 Curlew south
268 Cormorant at west end

Mappleton in evening – (TM,MR,JS)

35+ Common Scoter north
1 Bonxie north
4 Sanderling south
3 Knot south

27th August – (GB)

1st field – pm

5 Little Gulls up to 20:15
Ruff flew SE
Curlew flew SE

26th August – 2nd field early am (MR)

2 Dunlin
2 Ringed Plover
1+ Little Egret
1 Common Tern
2 Common Sandpiper
male Marsh Harrier
15+ Yellow Wagtail along southside
4+ Yellow Wagtail around KP mid am (MR,AJ)
2 Little Gull off KP

1st field in evening

16 Little Gull
4 Common Tern
Hobby
2 Common Sandpiper

25th August – (GB)

1st field – late pm

4 Little Gull upto 20:00
6 Common Tern flew SW
Peregrine
160+ Sand Martin

1st/2nd field – early am, after heavy overnight rain (GB,TM)

2 Little Egret – Swan Island/Lady Island
5 Common Snipe flew SW
19 Yellow Wagtail
25+ Willow Warbler
12+ Chiffchaff
2 Garden Warbler
1 Redstart
6+ Lesser Whitethroat
5+ Whitethroat
24 Goldfinch
220+ Sand Martin
2 Swift

KP – am

4 Grey Heron
3 Wigeon
Egyptian Goose
4 Yellow Wagtail
4 Swift
2 Common Sandpiper
14 Goldfinch

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (GB,LB)

6 Curlew flew SW
4 Grey Heron
2 Sparrowhawk
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier, new female + juvenile
1 Hobby
5 Shoveler
2 Wigeon
11 Great Crested Grebe incl 1 juv
85 Teal
Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Mistle Thrush
2 Spotted Flycatcher
1 Redstart

24th August – (GB)

KP – am

4 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret-Lady Island
70+ Teal
74 Gadwall
8 Shoveler
5 Wigeon
100+ Tufted Duck
25 Pochard
Little Gull
2 Yellow Wagtail
1 Spotted Flycatcher by the KP putting green over midday (RL et al)

1st/2nd field/Heslops – am (GB,LB early am)

c21 Yellow Wagtail (LB) + 4 in 2nd field
2 Little Egret
10 Swift
250+ Sand Martin
120+ Swallow

1st/2nd field – pm

3 Grey Heron
3 Little Gull
Peregrine flew W
7 Yellow Wagtail
220+ Sand Martin and
70+ Swallow – attempting to roost

23rd August – (GB,LB)

35 Little Gull up to 20:20
2 Little Egret – Swan Island
220+ Sand Martin – roosting in reed bed
14 Swift

KP – am

4 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret-Swan Island/Lady Island
2 Sparrowhawk
male Marsh Harrier W (not regular male)
4 Little Gull
2 Common Sandpiper
2 Yellow Wagtail
60+ Swift
250+ Sand Martin
120+ House Martin
150+ Swallow

1st/2nd field/Heslops – am (GB,LB early am)

20+ Willow Warbler/Chiffchaff
4+ Lesser Whitethroat
4 Whitethroat
2 Reed Warbler
21 Yellow Wagtail – (LB)
2 Greenshank over (LB)
Dunlin over (LB)
Green Woodpecker flew E

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – am (GB,BMJ,LB)

2 Grey Heron
4 Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
3 Marsh Harrier – 2 males + 1 juv
60 Teal
2 Garganey
11 Shoveler
98 Tufted Duck
Kingfisher

22nd August – (GB)

KP – am

4 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
4 Little Gull
2 Yellow Wagtail
2 Common Sandpiper
24 Swift

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk

4 Grey Heron
2 Sparrowhawk
4+ Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier – male +2 juvs
10 Great Crested Grebe incl 1 juv
75 Teal
1+ Garganey
72 Gadwall
8 Shoveler
90+ Tufted Duck
24 Pochard
Kingfisher
2 Bullfinch
Green Woodpecker

1st field – pm

130 Little Gull up to 20:30
2 Little Egret – Swan Island
12 Swift
220+ Sand Martin
200+ Swallow

21st August – (GB)

Offshore Hornsea

80+ Little Gulls at 20:30
juvenile Yellow-legged Gull

KP – am

4 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
2 Little Gull
2 Sparrowhawk
Common Sandpiper
Yellow Wagtail
30+ Swift

1st field – pm

10 Little Gull in evening
5 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
Marsh Harrier – “cream crown”
40+ Swift
160 Sand Martin
200+ Swallow
120+ House Martin

20th August – Mappleton in evening (MR)

250 Little Gull on sea
5 Arctic Skua
1 ad Red-throated Diver north
2 diver sp. north
juv Black Tern south
juv Med Gull south
12 Arctic Tern south
7 Oycs
2 Curlew
1 Whimbrel

Grimston in evening – (TI)

ad Long-tailed Skua south close in over tideline
6 Arctic Skua
17 Manx Shearwater

KP – in am (GB)

Sparrowhawk
Egyptian Goose
5 Wigeon
95 Mallard
68 Gadwall
32 Pochard
74 Tufted Duck
Common Sandpiper
juv Yellow Wagtail
12 Swift
Little Egret from 2nd field (MR)
2 ad Med Gull in ploughed field by Honeysuckle Farm

2 Med Gulls somewhere in that pic

2 Med Gulls somewhere in that pic


local Little Owl just west of Mere

local Little Owl just west of Mere

Wassand Hall

2 Buzzard
c140 House Martin

1st field

140 Little Gull up to 20:20
Egyptian Goose
7 Common Tern flew east
juv Black-necked Grebe off KP in evening (LI)

19th August – KP in am (MR,GB)

4 juv Yellow Wagtail
1 juv Wheatear
Peregrine over north
2 Little Egret
2 Common Sand
1 Little Gull
Egyptian Goose
52 Common Swift

Little Gull off KP carpark

Little Gull off KP carpark


Peregrine over Swan Island

Peregrine over Swan Island

1st/2nd field early pm – (MR)

Whinchat
Hobby
2 Marsh Harrier (male + juv)
Clouded Yellow
Grey Plover south
Whimbrel south
Dunlin over Mere

juv Swallows keeping tabs on the Hobby overhead

juv Swallows keeping tabs on the Hobby overhead


Whinchat in 1st field

Whinchat in 1st field

Mappleton in evening

12 Manx Shearwater north
700 Little Gull on sea
35 Oystercatcher south

Grimston – (TI)

1200 Little Gull
Med Gull
3 Manx Shearwater

18th August – Mappleton in evening (MR)

700+ Little Gull (c400 on sea, 300+ on beach between Mapp + Cowden)
44 Oystercatcher
1 Common Sandpiper
juv Med Gull north
4 Manx Shearwater north

Mere late evening (GB,MR)

170 Little Gull
2 Common Sandpiper

Wassand/Decoy hide in am – (MR)

4+ Spotted Flycatcher by the cottages
1 Marsh Harrier
78 Tufted Duck
6 Gadwall
110 House Martin
Green Woodpecker

KP in am – (MR)

2 Garganey from KP off Tree Island
1 Egyptian Goose
1 Little Egret
1 Common Sandpiper
400+ Sand Martin
90+ House Martin
60+ Swallow
22 Common Swift

17th August – (GB)

KP – am

4 Grey Heron
Little Egret
Sparrowhawk
4 Little Gull
50+ Teal
30+ Pochard
10+ Swift
220+ Sand Martin
70+ Swallow
120+ House Martin

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk

3 Grey Heron
Sparrowhawk
3+ Common Buzzard incl 1 juv
2 juv Marsh Harrier
Juvenile Hobby
24 Teal
Green Woodpecker

1st field – pm

6 Little Gull upto 20:00

Tophill Low – (RL et al)

South Marsh East

Spotted Crake
Wood Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper
Dunlin
LRP

16th August – (GB)

KP – am

Sparrowhawk
2 Common Buzzard over Wassand
juv Marsh Harrier
44 Teal
Little Gull
25+ Swift
Common Sandpiper

1st field – pm

1 Little Gull upto 20:20
20+ Swift
300+ Swallow
220+ House Martin
40+ Sand Martin
Little Egret

15th August – (GB)

2 Little Gull
32 Redshank – a flock came in off the sea at 08:50 and tried to land several times before moving off SE

1st field – pm

17 Little Gull upto 20:20
2nd summer Mediterranean Gull
40+ Swift

14th August – (GB)

KP – am

2 Little Gull
Common Sandpiper
120+ Swift

1st field – pm

520 Little Gull upto 20:40
100+ Swift
220+ House Martin
70+ Swallow
40+ Sand Martin

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – am (DB,MA)

Little Egret
9 Common Buzzard – incl 4 juvs
4 Marsh Harrier – male, female +2 juvs
2 Hobby – adult and presumed juv
Kingfisher – near Hide
2 Common Sandpiper flew W

13th August – (GB)

1st field – pm

7 Tufted Duck in
5 Wigeon
70 Little Gull upto 21:00
120+ Swift
150+ House Martin
70+ Swallow
40+ Sand Martin

12th August – Mappleton late evening (MR,TM)

c1400 Little Gull (2 groups of birds 750 on sea just north of Mapp and a 2nd group of 650 just south)
600+ Common Tern south
4 Dunlin
1 Whimbrel
2 juv Common Swift

Mere in evening – (GB)

270 Little Gull

KP late am – (TI)

3+ Little Egret
3 Marsh Harrier (ad fem, 2 juvs)
100+ Common Swift
Barnacle Goose

Cowden mid am – (MR)

juv Marsh Harrier
42 Linnet

KP early am – (BMJ,MR,GB)

2 Little Egret in Cormorant Tree’s
1+ Common Sandpiper

11th August – Mappleton late evening (BMJ,MR,TM)

75+ Little Gull
2 Whimbrel south
5 Ringed Plover south
11 Knot south
4 Dunlin south
1 Redshank south
1 Great crested Grebe north
17 Oystercatcher
1 Canada Goose on sea

the 1st evidence of the fallout of Hurricane Bertha - Canada Goose off Mapp

the 1st evidence of the fallout of Hurricane Bertha – Canada Goose off Mapp

1st field late evening

80 Little Gull (GB)
1 Little Egret flew out SE (BMJ,MR,TM)

KP in am – (MR,GB)

3 Common Sandpiper

Wassand/Decoy hide

5 Marsh Harrier (ad male, 4 juvs)
Kestrel

10th August – (GB)

KP – am

Sparrowhawk
5 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
9 Little Gull
40+ Swift
7 Common Sandpiper
7 Redshank thru south (MR,TM)

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – am (GB,BMJ)

2 Common Buzzard
2 Grey Heron
Kingfisher fishing from hide
2 Greenshank flew SW
4 Dunlin flew W then E

1st field – pm

340 Little Gulls at 18:40
40+ Swift

9th August – Mappleton (MR,TM,AJ,TI)

ad Caspian Gull off Mapp from 18:00-19:30
150+ Little Gull inc 9 juvs
30 Black-tailed Godwit
10+ Knot
13 Common Scoter

ad Caspian Gull phonescoped off Mappleton

ad Caspian Gull phonescoped off Mappleton

KP – am (GB,JC)

Sparrowhawk
5 Grey Heron
Little Egret
4 Wigeon
4 Little Gull
4 Common Sandpiper
Marsh Harrier flew SW
2 Common Buzzard over Wassand
60+ Common Swift

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (GB,BMJ)

4 Grey Heron
Little Egret
2 Sparrowhawk
2+ Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier – male +3 juveniles
1+ Hobby
146 Teal
4 Whimbrel flew WNW
Common Sandpiper flew W
Jay
Green Woodpecker

1st field – pm

320 Little Gull upto 20:40
14 Common Sandpiper
“cream-crown” Marsh Harrier-hunting
90+ Common Swift

8th August – (GB)

KP – am

2 Little Egret
5 Grey Heron
24 Teal
30+ Shoveler
5 Wigeon
3 Common Sandpiper
2+ Common Buzzard over Wassand

1st field – pm

Garganey flushed by Peregrine then flew SSW
24 Little Gulls up to 20:00
40+ Swift
200+ House Martin
140+ Swallow
60+ Sand Martin

Grimston – (TI)

juv Green Woodpecker (a Grimston Mega, 3rd record)

7th August – (GB)

KP – am

5 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
3 Common Sandpiper
2 Common Tern
5 Common Buzzard-thermalling high to SW
Marsh Harrier-sub adult male flew NW

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – am (GB,DB)

2 Sparrowhawk
4 Grey Heron
4+ Common Buzzard including 2 juveniles
4 Marsh Harrier – female + 3 juveniles
1+ Hobby
34 Teal
42 Shoveler
26 Pochard
3 Snipe flew W
Common Sandpiper flew SW

1st field – pm

1 Little Gull
3 Common Sandpiper
Curlew flew W

6th August – (GB)

KP – am

4 Grey Heron
Little Egret
2 Little Gull
juvenile Med Gull
Curlew flew SW

Offshore Hornsea – pm

110 Little Gull – three groups on the sea 20:30

1st field – late pm

1 Little Gull 20:45

5th August – KP early am (MR,GB)

1+ Little Egret on northside
2 Common Sandpiper
1 Little Gull
Marsh Harrier north
Curlew east

Wassand/Decoy hide/Woodland walk mid am

6 Spotted Flycatcher
1+ Garden Warbler
4 Lesser Whitethroat
good no’s Willow/Chiff’s
4+ Blackcap
2 Purple Hairstreak
5+ Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (2ads,2juvs)
2 Little Egret
1+ Garganey
17+Teal
21+ Pochard
1 Common Tern thru east
Greenshank
Kestrel

Greenshank from the Wassand/Decoy hide

Greenshank from the Wassand/Decoy hide


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juv Marsh Harrier 1 of 2 currently gaining air miles

juv Marsh Harrier 1 of 2 currently gaining air miles


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Garganey from the hide

Garganey from the hide

4th August – KP/2nd field in am (MR)

upto 7 Little Egret
Greenshank on KP briefly
8 Grey Heron
2 Common Sandpiper Swan Island spit
juv Yellow-legged Gull west thru Mere 11:00

1st field late evening – (GB,BMJ)

24 Little Gull upto 21:10
6 Little Egret flying east then returned to roost on Swan Island

Grimston – (TI)

juv Yellow-legged Gull
3 Med Gull
300+ Little Gull

3rd August – (GB,BMJ)

KP – am

Sparrowhawk
4 Grey Heron
2 Little Gull
2 Common Tern
Common Sandpiper
70+ Sand Martin
130+ Common Swift

1st field – Wassand hide

7 Grey Heron
Kestrel – Heslops
3 Sparrowhawk
4+ Common Buzzard
5 Marsh Harrier-breeding pair + “fresh juveniles” + another juvenile flying W
160 Mallard
10 Great Crested Grebe
26 Teal
33 Shoveler
76 Gadwall
98 Tufted Duck
18 Pochard
Black-tailed Godwit flew WSW
Dunlin flew west

2nd August – (GB)

KP – am

Sparrowhawk
3 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
2 Little Gull
2 Common Tern
3 Common Sandpiper

1st field – pm

4 Grey Heron
670 Little Gull upto 21:00
juvenile Med Gull
2 Common Tern
cream crown Marsh Harrier
Kestrel

1st August – (GB)

KP – am

4 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret – 1 Swan Island, another fishing in shallows nr Tree Island
Pintail
2 Buzzard over West End
10 Teal
12 Shoveler
48 Tufted Duck
2 Little Gull
Common Tern

1st field – pm

3 Grey Heron
430 Little Gull up to 20:45