February Sightings

28th February – Mere (GT,MR,RL,EH)

drk Scaup off KP
20 Shelduck off Heslop’s
c400 Cormorant (285 Swan Island area early aft,115 from Wassand hide early aft) inculding a pale headed, heavily white marked bird
8 ad Whooper Swan dropped on Mere around 15:00
8 ad Whooper Swan from Bewholme Rd/Honeysuckle farm in am (GT)

Whooper Swans off Bewholme Rd

Whooper Swans off Bewholme Rd


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part of the Shelduck group off Heslop's

part of the Shelduck group off Heslop’s


Whoopers off Heslop's

Whoopers off Heslop’s


record shots of the white backed Cormorant

record shots of the white backed Cormorant


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Wassand/Decoy hide early aft

151 Tufted Duck
51+ Goldeneye
74 Shoveler
88 Teal
18 Pochard
male Marsh Harrier + cream crown
Snipe over Heslop’s
Green Woodpecker heard Wassand

Cormorant from Wassand hide

Cormorant from Wassand hide

27th February – HVWG hide mid aft (MR)

pair Scaup
2 Little Grebe
2 Shelduck
3 LBb Gull from 2nd field late aft
Peregrine high over southside
40+ Lapwing

a fine looking drk Teal from HVWG hide

a fine looking drk Teal from HVWG hide

26th February – HVWG hide in pm (GT)

pair Scaup

25th February – Wassand hide in pm (JC)

fem Scaup
19 Redwing
7 Common Buzzard over Wassand mid morning (MR)
2 Fieldfare

24th February – Wassand

1 Curlew over north

22nd February – Wassand Hide – am (GB)

2 Grey Heron
8 Great crested Grebe
Black Swan
2 Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier cream-crown
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
130+ Goldeneye
4 Redwing

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

2 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
2 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier – 2 males + cream-crown
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
320+ Teal
90+ Shoveler
110+ Goldeneye
Water Rail
4 Redwing
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker

20th February – 2nd field mid aft (MR)

drk Goosander
2 Oystercatcher
7 Common Buzzard late am over Decoy
male Marsh Harrier Wassand hide in am (MR,GB,JC)
2 Sparrowhawk
Woodcock
5 Grey Heron
Redwing

19th February – 2nd field mid aft (MR,GB)

2 Oystercatcher Swan Island/KP
Bittern roosting Decoy Channel
350+ Wigeon
male Marsh Harrier over Heslop’s
Common Buzzard
sadly a roadkill Otter was found between Honeysuckle Farm junction and Cheyne Walk on the northside of the Mere

18th February – Faxfleet area (MR)

Marsh Harrier
male Hen Harrier flew west along Humber late aft
Barn Owl
70+ Pink-footed Goose over

phonescoped male Hen Harrier

phonescoped male Hen Harrier

17th February – Wassand/West end/KP (MR,TI)

15 Redwing
1 Little Grebe
2 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier
2 Oystercatcher on jetties

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – pm (GB)

3 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier – male + cream-crown
90+ Mallard
160 +Wigeon
260+ Teal
90+ Shoveler
Water Rail
15 Redwing
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker

14th February – Harpham, Kelk (RW)

Black-bellied Dipper - Rich Willison

Black-bellied Dipper – Rich Willison


Black-bellied Dipper - Dicky Ticker

Black-bellied Dipper – Dicky Ticker

13th February – 1st/2nd field late aft (MR)

ad LBb Gull off 1st field
Oystercatcher on KP in am (GT)

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – pm (GB)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier-male +cream-crown
55 Mallard
70+Wigeon
295+ Teal
86 Shoveler
9 Goldeneye
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker

12th February – Wassand Woodland Walk in am (MR)

7 Siskin by the pines
Woodcock
1 Shelduck flew west
Cetti’s Warbler singing from hide
Oystercatcher on Swan Island spit early aft

9th February – Mere in pm (MR,GT)

pair Pintail from HVWG hide
3 Shelduck Swan Island

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (MR,CC)

2 Bittern (1 opposite hide, 1 in Decoy Channel)
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
3 Grey Heron
2 Woodcock
25+ Barnacle Geese
Cetti’s Warbler singing

Bittern flying in from the West end of Decoy

Bittern flying in from the West end of Decoy


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2nd Bittern phonescoped in Decoy Channel from hide

2nd Bittern phonescoped in Decoy Channel from hide


pair Pintail distantly from HVWG hide

pair Pintail distantly from HVWG hide


Common Buzzards over Decoy - Chris Cox

Common Buzzards over Decoy – Chris Cox


Barnacle Geese - Chris Cox

Barnacle Geese – Chris Cox

Of interest locally a colour ringed Little Egret at North Frodingham

colour-ringed Little Egret, North Frodingham - Chris Dixon

colour-ringed Little Egret, North Frodingham – Chris Dixon

8th February – Mere in pm (GT)

1w Caspian Gull

1st/2nd Field in pm (GB)

260+ Cormorant -Lady Island roost
60+ Cormorant -Swan Island roost
90+ Wigeon
16 Gadwall
80+ Goldeneye
Bittern reported from Wassand hide in aft

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – am (GB,JG,FG)

80 Barnacle Goose
3 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
2 Marsh Harrier -male + first winter
4 Great Crested Grebe
45 Mallard
280+ Teal
82 Shoveler
17 Goldeneye
drake Goosander
2 Redwing
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker

7th February – Mere in pm (GT)

1w Caspian Gull

6th February – Wassand/Decoy hide in pm (RW)

5 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Black Swan

Barn Owl in Wassand - Rich Willison

Barn Owl in Wassand – Rich Willison

5th February – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk am and pm (GB,MF et al)

Bittern
2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
male Marsh Harrier
320+ Teal
78 Shoveler
11 Goldeneye
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker – heard

4th February – 2nd field late aft (MR)

1w Glaucous Gull at 16:50 on Mere
Bittern roosting Decoy channel viewable from 2nd field
Snipe 1st field
5 Grey Heron

Grimston – (TI)

Black Redstart
Little Egret

3rd February – 2nd field late aft (MR)

ad Med Gull
1 Fieldfare feeding with Starlings in 2nd field
9 Lapwing
1 Slavonian Grebe off 2nd field
redhead Goosander along northside

Fieldfare in 2nd field

Fieldfare in 2nd field

2nd February – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – pm (GB,BMJ,JC)

Barn Owl

2nd field late aft – (MR)

redhead Goosander
1 Slavonian Grebe

Wassand/Decoy hide in am – (MR)

310+ Teal
66 Shoveler
110 Mallard
43 Pochard
33 Gadwall
8 Goldeneye
180+ Tufted Duck
Cetti’s Warbler singing
2 Common Buzzard
27 Redwing from Woodland walk

Redwing

Redwing

1st February – Grimston (TI)

Great Northern Diver
Pomarine Skua
Bonxie
Fulmars
good no’s auks and Gannet

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