Monthly Archives: March 2015

March Sightings

30th March – Wassand/Woodland Walk early am (SP)

1 Red Kite – 1 picked up over Wassand around 8am
Jay
2 Common Buzzard
male Marsh Harrier

Red Kite over Wassand - Simon Pugh

Red Kite over Wassand – Simon Pugh

29th March – 1st/2nd field in am (MR)

Cetti’s Warbler singing
Chiffchaff
4 LBb Gull
10 Pink-footed Goose off Heslop’s
11 Meadow Pipit west

Pink-feet and a Greylag off Heslop's

Pink-feet and a Greylag off Heslop’s

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk late am – heavy showers

pair Green Woodpecker courtship/displaying
2 Chiffchaff
8 Teal
5 Gadwall
20 Shoveler
42 Tufted Duck
8 Pochard
15 Goldeneye
2 Marsh Harrier

roadkill Badger between Skirlaugh and New Ellerby

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – pm (GB)

Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
8 Great Crested Grebe
8 Gadwall
16 Teal
24 Shoveler
8 Pochard
235+ Tufted Duck
285+ Goldeneye
Water Rail heard
260 Wood Pigeon
Green Woodpecker heard
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Cetti’s Warbler heard
Chiffchaff

27th March – Mere in am (GT)

18 Pink-footed Goose
White Wagtail 1st field

White Wagtail at Bewholme

25th March – 1st/2nd Field – am (GB)

2 Grey Heron
3 Common Buzzard over Wassand
14 Pink-footed Goose
18 Wigeon
60 Tufted Duck
54 Goldeneye
3 Oystercatcher
35 Golden Plover flew south

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

2 Grey Heron
4 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Little Grebe
6 Great Crested Grebe
22 Teal
24 Shoveler
310 Tufted Duck
c200 Goldeneye
2 Green Woodpecker
5+ Great Spotted Woodpecker
12 Redwing
20+ Blackbird
Cetti’s Warbler – heard

24th March – Southside in am (MR)

1 Pink-footed Goose on Mere off 2nd field
3 Oystercatcher Swan Island
10 Lapwing Heslop’s
Snipe
Cetti’s Warbler singing

Rook over 2nd field

Rook over 2nd field


Small Tortoiseshell - several seen today around the Mere

Small Tortoiseshell – several seen today around the Mere

Southside in pm – (JC)

Green Woodpecker heard nr Weatherhill plantation
20 Redwing nr Wassand Hide
350-400 Golden Plover over

Golden Plovers - Jeff Cox

Golden Plovers – Jeff Cox


Roe Deer up by Ouzel Hedge - Jeff Cox

Roe Deer up by Ouzel Hedge – Jeff Cox


Goldeneye Decoy Bay - Chris Cox

Goldeneye Decoy Bay – Chris Cox

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

2 Grey Heron
5+ Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier cream-crown
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
6 Great Crested Grebe
12 Teal
4 Wigeon
34 Shoveler
24 Goldeneye
Water Rail-heard
Mistle Thrush
24 Redwing
22 Blackbird
2 Green Woodpecker
6+ Great Spotted Woodpecker
3 Long-tailed Tit
Treecreeper
Cetti’s Warbler heard
2 Bullfinch

HVWG Hide/Swan Island – am

8 Wigeon
38 Goldeneye
Great Spotted Woodpecker

23rd March – 2nd Field 09:00-13:15 (TM,MR)

77 Meadow Pipit mainly WNW thru during the morning
1 Red Kite – the Mere’s 2nd of the month, picked up high over Hermitage field circled the Mere before appearing to head NNE with 3 Common Buzzard
ad fem Marsh Harrier south
1+ 1s Med Gull – one west thru the Mere, one off 1st field early aft
Yellow-legged Gull off Swan Island/KP mid morning
3+ LBb Gull
3 Oystercatcher Swan Island
drk Goosander flew west towards Decoy
1 Sand Martin over northside of Mere
1 Bar-tailed Godwit west over Mere with a Curlew late am
Snipe 1st field edge
Cetti’s Warbler singing

Red Kite over the Mere

Red Kite over the Mere


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Med Gull heading over Mere

Med Gull heading over Mere

22nd March – Mere in pm (RL et al)

18 Pink-footed Goose Heslop’s

Southside in am – (MR,TM,GT)

4+ Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
2 LBb Gull Swan Island
10 Lapwing
Snipe
2+ Meadow Pipit
2 Skylark

Common Frog round the Mere

Common Frog round the Mere


Common Buzzard over Heslop's

Common Buzzard over Heslop’s

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – am (GB,CD,DB,SB et al)

3 Grey Heron
6+ Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrel
4 Great Crested Grebe
5 Wigeon
4 Gadwall
11 Teal
24 Shoveler
360+ Tufted Duck
8 Pochard
325+ Goldeneye + 24 flying high to SE
3 Stock Dove
4 Redwing
2 Fieldfare
2 Mistle Thrush
5 Great Spotted Woodpecker
3 Long-tailed Tit
Chiffchaff
Cetti’sWarbler

Grimston – (TI)

Black Redstart

20th March – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – am (GB)

2 Grey Heron
4 Common Buzzard – 1 pair copulating
male Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
3 Great Crested Grebe
2 Gadwall
4 Teal
8 Shoveler
85 Tufted Duck
11 Goldeneye
redhead Goosander
24 Redwing
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Jay

HVWG Hide and KP – am

135 Wigeon
4 Gadwall + 4 at KP
Teal 14+ 12 at KP
Shoveler 4 + 6 at KP
Tufted Duck 25 + 60 at KP
Pochard 12 + 4 at KP
Goldeneye 35 + 44 at KP

19th March – 1st Field in pm – (JC,GB)

1 Ringed Plover
Yellow-legged Gull late aft off 1st field

18th March – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – pm (GB)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier – male + cream-crown
Kestrel
14 Blackbird
30+ Redwing
4 Fieldfare
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Jay
68 Wigeon from HVWG hide

17th March – Wassand Hide in am (MR,J&T)

1 Stonechat (infrequent bird at the Mere) – from the hide
Cetti’s Warbler singing
Chiffchaff singing
2 Snipe
2 Little Grebe
2 Marsh Harrier
2+ Common Buzzard pair copulating
scandi Rock Pipit at East end in aft (GT)

4 Common Crane at 12:00 over Hornsea then headed SE (CH)

Stonechat - 'showing well'

Stonechat – ‘showing well’

14th March – Southside/Wassand Hide in am (MR,BMJ)

2 Ringed Plover + Dunlin east over Mere
1 Curlew over
Cetti’s Warbler singing at east end
30 Greenfinch setaside south of Heslop pools
25 Chaffinch
8+ Linnet
2 Meadow Pipit
4 Skylark
134 Goldeneye from Wassand hide
160 Tufted Duck
66 Shoveler
4 Teal
2 Marsh Harrier
2 Common Buzzard
Yellow-legged Gull from KP late am (GT)

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – pm (GB)

3 Grey Heron
4 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier – male + cream crown
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
4 Great Crested Grebe
42 Wigeon
8 Teal
76 Shoveler
5 Gadwall
12 Pochard
235+ Tufted Duck
385+ Goldeneye
4 Song Thrush
22 Blackbird
30+ Redwing
35+Chaffinch
Treecreeper
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker

13th March – Wassand Hide in am (MR)

Cetti’s Warbler singing
60 Shoveler
40 Teal, inc a Teal type hybrid possibly Teal x Silver Teal?
Mink from hide
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Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – pm (GB)

24 Siskin
35+ Redwing

HVWG Hide – pm

47 Wigeon

12th March – 1st/2nd Field in am (GB)

2 Sand Martin over Swan Island flew north
2 Grey Heron
Sparrowhawk
17 Wigeon
16 Gadwall
60+ Tufted Duck
70+ Goldeneye
5 Lesser Black-backed Gull

Wassand Hide – am

2 Grey Heron
4 Common Buzzard
male Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
Little Grebe
10 Great Crested Grebe
60+ Teal
74 Shoveler
4 Gadwall
10 Pochard
85 Tufted Duck
9 Goldeneye
4 Song thrush
30+ Blackbird
28 Redwing
2 Long-tailed Tit
Chiffchaff

11th March – Wassand/Wassand Hide in am (CC)

3 Common Buzzard
2 Mistle Thrush
5 GS Woodpecker
Treecreeper
pair Red-crested Pochard
Water Rail
2 Marsh Harrier
100+ Cormorant
Mink

pair RCP's from Wassand hide - Chris Cox

pair RCP’s from Wassand hide – Chris Cox


Goldeneye - Chris Cox

Goldeneye – Chris Cox

Wassand Hide in pm (GB)

2 Whooper Swan flew NE
3 Grey Heron
3+ Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier – adult male + sub-adult male
2 Sparrowhawk
Peregrine
Kestrel
10 Great Crested Grebe
110+ Teal
62 Shoveler
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Mistle Thrush
26 Redwing
Jay

10th March – HVWG Hide in pm (GB)

Black Swan
135+ Goldeneye

7th March – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in pm (GB)

2 Grey Heron
3 Common Buzzard
2 Sparrowhawk
65+ Teal
70+ Shoveler
Curlew flew NW
Green Woodpecker
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Bullfinch

New Brighton, Wirral (TM,MR,NS)

1w Laughing Gull – several pics of the confiding long stayer at New Brighton
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6th March – Wassand hide in am (MR,BMJ)

8 Pink-footed Goose over north
3 Common Buzzard
male Marsh Harrier
80 Teal
76 Shoveler
4 Grey Heron
Green Woodpecker heard

5th March – KP late am (TI)

3 Shelduck

3rd March – KP in am (TI)

Red Kite – one lingering over Wassand 09:40-10:20
2cy Iceland Gull flew west over Mere, briefly landed then flew west around 10:15

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – am (GB)

3 Grey Heron
4 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier-adult male + cream-crown
Also a new sub-adult male clearly looking for territory for a long period (0925-1050)
but not tolerated by the resident male and eventually headed NW
male Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
160+ Teal
74 Shoveler
Water Rail
Green Woodpecker heard
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming
8 Redwing