Monthly Archives: December 2014

December Sightings

31st December – Wassand hide/Woodland walk late pm (GB)

2 Grey Heron
2 Sparrowhawk
3 Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier (cream-crown)
325 Teal
180+ Mallard
88 Shoveler
4 Redwing
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker

3 Water Rail (MR,TM,MT)
1 Bittern at 16:23 also 1 at 11:40 (MR,CD)
3500+ Starling
male Marsh Harrier + cream crown
Barn Owl
Green Woodpecker in am (MR,CD)

Green Woodpecker from the Wassand Woodland walk - Chris Dixon

Green Woodpecker from the Wassand Woodland walk – Chris Dixon

Fraisthorpe

A superb end to the year with the Little Bustard at Fraisthorpe

Little Bustard - Ade Johnson

Little Bustard – Ade Johnson


Little Bustard - Ade Johnson

Little Bustard – Ade Johnson


Phonescoped Little Bustard

Phonescoped Little Bustard


record shots of the Bustard briefly in flight

record shots of the Bustard briefly in flight


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30th December – 1st/2nd field late aft (MR,GT,RL early aft)

redhead Goosander
2 Slavonian Grebe
Woodcock

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – pm (GB,RW)

2 Grey Heron
2+Sparrowhawk
3+Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier (1 cream-crown, 1 male)
Barn Owl
90+ Teal
200+Mallard
84 Shoveler
48 Pochard
12 Goldeneye
Dunlin on the ice
3500+ Starling
4 Redwing
24 Blackbird
Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Bittern reported in am

29th December – Wassand/Decoy hide late pm (MR,GB)

4 Bittern at dusk from hide
3+ Common Buzzard
1 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Cetti’s Warbler heard
3000+ Starling

a fraction of the Starling roost in Decoy

a fraction of the Starling roost in Decoy

HVWG hide early pm

1 Slavonian Grebe

Wassand/Decoy hide mid am (MR)

2 Bittern flew into reedbeds 10:30 and joined by a third bird 11:40
1 Woodcock on Woodland walk
Green Woodpecker heard

1 of 4 Bitterns seen today from the Wassand hide

1 of 4 Bitterns seen today from the Wassand hide


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28th December – South Cliff, Hornsea (JC)

2 Short-eared Owl

Wassand Hide-Woodland Walk – pm (GB,BMJ)

2 Grey Heron
Bittern
2+ Sparrowhawk
Barn Owl
32 Teal
44 Shoveler
Snipe flew E
2000+ Starling

27th December – Mere (RL et al)

4 Slavonian Grebe
Merlin
Marsh Harrier

26th December – Mere (GT)

drk Goosander
2 Slavonian Grebe

24th December – 1st/2nd field late aft (MR)

3000+ Starling over west end
2 Slavonian Grebe off 2nd field 15:40
Snipe over west

23rd December – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – in pm (GB,BMJ)

3 Common Buzzard
2 Sparrowhawk
3 Marsh Harrier (c.crown/first winter)
Barn Owl
85 Teal
18 Shoveler
3000+ Starling
1 Whooper Swan till late morning then flew WNW (JC,MR)
Cetti’s Warbler heard singing

Whooper Swan from Wassand hide

Whooper Swan from Wassand hide


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22nd December – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – in pm (GB,CD)

3 Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
2 Marsh Harrier (1 male-1 cream-crown/first-winter)
Peregrine
Barn Owl
4 Great crested Grebe
60+ Mallard
35+ Shoveler
70+ Teal
30+ Tufted Duck
4 Pochard
3 Goldeneye
1500+ Starling
1 Shelduck

21st December – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – in pm (GB)

3+ Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
2 Marsh Harrier (1 male-1 cream-crown/first winter)
Barn Owl
12 Great Crested Grebe
70+ Mallard
Pintail
50+ Shoveler
2 Wigeon
45 Teal
60+ Tufted Duck
18 Pochard
9 Goldeneye
2500+ Starling

19th December – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in pm (GB,BMJ)

3+ Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
5 Marsh Harrier (2 males – 3 cream-crown/first winter)
Barn Owl
18 Great-crested Grebe
60+ Mallard
52 Shoveler
35 Teal
70+ Tufted Duck
14 Pochard
5 Goldeneye
3000+ Starling

16th December – Wassand Hide late am (MR,RL,EH)

1 Bittern
male Marsh Harrier
Cetti’s Warbler heard

Mere in aft – (MR,RL,EH,GT)

Cetti’s Warbler heard at east end
3 Slavonian Grebe
2 Goosander
2 1w Med Gull
1 LBb Gull
2 Shelduck
2 Snipe over 1st field

15th December – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in pm (GB)

3 Sparrowhawk
3 Marsh Harrier (2 males – 1 first-winter)
3 Jay
3000+ Starling

Mere late aft – (MR,GT)

ad Med Gull
2 Slavonian Grebe

South Cliff area, Hornsea – (JC)

Short-eared Owl
3 Snipe
2 Reed Bunting
2 Roe Deer

Short-eared Owl - Jeff Cox

Short-eared Owl – Jeff Cox


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14th December – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in pm (GB,BMJ)

Little Egret
Common Buzzard
3 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Peregrine
5 Marsh Harrier
(2 males, 1 cream-crown and 2 first-winter birds)
Barn Owl (also on 12th, JC)
8 Great crested Grebe
52 Shoveler
74 Teal
65 Tufted Duck
7 Goldeneye
3000+ Starling
73 Barnacle Goose in am Heslop’s area (JC)
1 LBb Gull in roost (GT)

11th December – Wassand hide/Woodland Walk in am (MR)

2 Chiffchaff with the Blue/Great/Long-tailed tit flock
1+ Green Woodpecker
5+ Bullfinch
2 Redwing
Water Rail
2 Little Grebe
Little Egret flew west thru Decoy

1 Slavonian Grebe from HVWG hide midday

Aldbrough/Cowden clifftop – (AJ)

A pic of a fine looking male Snow Bunt in the clifftop stubble north of Aldbrough

Snow Bunting - Ade Johnson

Snow Bunting – Ade Johnson

10th December – KP in am (JC)

fem Scaup

Wassand hide/Woodland Walk in am (MR)

2 Chiffchaff with the Blue/Great/Long-tailed tit flock
2+ Coal Tit
6 Goldcrest
3 Great Spotted Pecker
3+ Treecreeper
Peregrine over Decoy
2+ Common Buzzard
16 Shoveler
6 Teal
18+ Great crested Grebe
1 Little Grebe
Otter swam past hide 11:20

Otter from the Wassand hide

Otter from the Wassand hide


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8th December – Calder Wetlands, Pugneys (MR,RW)

Some record shots of the West Yorkshire Blyths Pipit today from Rich Willison

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7th December – 1st/2nd field late aft (MR)

2 Scaup off Heslop’s (ad fem + fem/imm)
Slavonian Grebe off 2nd field 15:30
27 Pied Wagtail flew west and appeared to roost in Heslop’s area
1 Barn Owl
1 Shelduck Swan Island spit
Snipe over 2nd field

6th December – Aldbrough Fish Ponds (AJ)

A couple of pics from Ade of a site first at the ponds a 1w Pintail

Pintail - Ade Johnson

Pintail – Ade Johnson


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2nd December – (MR,RW)

Some pics of the Scalby Eastern Black Redstart from Rich Willison, and a Red-throated Diver in Scarborough harbour
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