May Sightings

31st May – Bewholme in aft (LI)

pair American Wigeon (1st’sum + fem) + still present at 21:30
drk Garganey
1 Whooper Swan
2 Barn Owl in evening

pair American Wigeon - Ade Johnson

pair American Wigeon – Ade Johnson


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drk American Wigeon - Ade Johnson

drk American Wigeon – Ade Johnson

30th May – Heslop’s area in pm (LI)

male Broad-bodied Chaser

29th May – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk-pm (GB,BMJ)

Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
10 Great Crested Grebe
4 Gadwall
80+ Tufted Duck
2 Common Tern flew WNW
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
40+ Swift
50+ House Martin

27th May – 1st field/Wassand hide in am (MR,CC,SP)

Pink-footed Goose on Mere
Common Tern off 2nd field
2 Shelduck
c100 Tufted Duck from Wassand hide
14 Gadwall
9+ Great-crested Grebe
drk Wigeon
1 Hobby
2 Common Tern thru Decoy west
Jay
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
Weasel

Mute Swan over Decoy

Mute Swan over Decoy


Great-crested Grebes from Wassand Hide

Great-crested Grebes from Wassand Hide

26th May – KP in am (GB,TI)

90+ Mute Swan
2 Sparrowhawk
Hobby
2 Common Tern

23rd May – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk/Mere in am (GB)

2 Grey Heron
2+ Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
12 Great Crested Grebe
4 Teal
17 Gadwall
3 Shoveler
82 Tufted Duck
3 Pochard
48 Mute Swan
60+ Swift
40+ House Martin
KIngfisher
Cetti’s Warbler
Reed Warbler
2 Cuckoo
4 Stock Dove
3 Jay
4+ Great Spotted Woodpecker

Grimston – (TI)

1 Whooper Swan

Whooper Swan at Grimston - Tim Isherwood

Whooper Swan at Grimston – Tim Isherwood

21st May – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk/Mere in am (GB)

Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
8 Great Crested Grebe
4 Teal
14 Gadwall
42 Tufted Duck
7 Pochard
44 Mute Swan
Cetti’s Warbler
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker

20th May – KP in evening (LI)

drk Garganey
pair Pintail
Hobby
Cuckoo

18th May – KP/Mere in pm (GB)

8 Gadwall
45 Tufted Duck
6 Pochard
Hobby
520+ Swift
220+ Sand Martin
100+ House Martin

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – pm

2 Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
240+ Swift
170+ House Martin

16th May – Southside (JC,CD)

Hobby – at East end and off 1st/2nd field
Cuckoo – 2 Heslops/2nd field
Cetti’s Warbler
Lapwing – 4 and 2 chicks
Pochard – 3, one with a nasal saddle
Shoveler – 2

nasal saddled Pochard - Jeff Cox

nasal saddled Pochard – Jeff Cox

15th May – Southside in am (MR,TM,GB,LB)

Grasshopper Warbler
Cetti’s Warbler
2 Hobby over Mere from 2nd field
3 Jay over 2nd field
2 Cuckoo
2 Common Sandpiper Swan Island
Grey Heron over west
cream crown Marsh Harrier over high north late am
Turtle Dove at Cowden (LI)

Hobby from 2nd field

Hobby from 2nd field


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Tufted Duck over Mere

Tufted Duck over Mere


2 of the 3 Jays over 2nd

2 of the 3 Jays over 2nd

14th May – from KP in am (LI)

Long-tailed Duck
Broad-bodied Chaser nr Heslops

female Broad-bodied Chaser - Jeff Cox

female Broad-bodied Chaser – Jeff Cox

13th May – KP in am (GB)

drk Wigeon
90+ Tufted Duck
7 Pochard
Common Sandpiper

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

Grey Heron
3+ Common Buzzard
5 Marsh Harrier
Whimbrel flew NW
2 Jay
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker

12th May – KP/Mere – am (GB)

2 Sparrowhawk
80+ Tufted Duck
11 Pochard
Common Sandpiper
2 Cuckoo
White Wagtail
320+ Swift
850+ Swallow
400+ Sand Martin
120+ House Martin
2 Black-necked Grebe in evening (LB)

11th May – Mere in am (MR,JC,GT,LB)

Red-necked Grebe off 2nd field
Cetti’s Warbler
pair Cuckoo 2nd field/Heslop’s
3 Wheatear Heslop’s/Southorpe area
2+ Yellow Wagtail
2 Hobby from KP
Kingfisher
Common Sandpiper KP + Bewholme
1+ Oystercatcher

male Cuckoo 2nd field

male Cuckoo 2nd field


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Brown Hare from Southorpe Lane

Brown Hare from Southorpe Lane

KP – am (GB)

2 Sparrowhawk
12 Gadwall
9 Pochard
3 Common Sandpiper
60+ Swift
Yellow Wagtail over
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – am (GB)

Grey Heron
2 Sparrowhawk
2 Marsh Harrier
2 Hobby
Kestrel
8 Gadwall
2 Oystercatcher flew W
2 Kingfisher
Cuckoo
40+ Swift
Cetti’s Warbler
Mistle Thrush
3 Jay

10th May – Mere early am (GT,GB,MR,JC,LB)

Tree Pipit
3 Little Egret
Cuckoo from Wassand hide
Kingfisher
Red-necked Grebe
8 Great Crested Grebe
Pink-footed Goose
2 Sparrowhawk
18 Gadwall
12 Pochard
Common Sandpiper
420+ Swift
1200+ Swallow
650+ Sand Martin
200+ House Martin

1st/2nd Field – early evening (GB)

Cuckoo
1st summer Little Gull
240+ Swift

9th May – Southside in am (MR,GT)

Whinchat 1st field
4 Yellow Wagtail 1st/2nd field
2 Common Sandpiper 1st field edge
Red-necked Grebe off 1st field early am/off 2nd field late am
Hobby along Northside
Cuckoo in Heslop’s
1 Pink-footed Goose off Swan Island spit
drk Wigeon
male Marsh Harrier over 1st field (LB)
2 Dunlin + Cuckoo heard Bewholme

male Whinchat 1st field

male Whinchat 1st field


Yellow Wagtail 1st field

Yellow Wagtail 1st field


Red-necked Grebe off 2nd field

Red-necked Grebe off 2nd field


nice Chopper

nice Chopper

KP/Mere – am (GB)

3 Common Sandpiper
2 Sparrowhawk
Hobby
200+ Swift
800+ Sand Martin
1000+ Swallow
40+ House Martin
Turtle Dove – flew E over Bewholme Lane

1st/2nd Field – early evening

Red-necked Grebe
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Common Sandpiper
720+ Swift
35+ House Martin

8th May – Wassand Hide/Mere – am (GB,MR,JC)

Red-necked Grebe from Wassand hide
Little Egret Swan Island till 10:13 then flew high SSE
1 Oystercatcher Swan Island spit
2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
6 Pink-footed Goose (5 over NNE, 1 Swan Island)
140+ Tufted Duck
Goldeneye
120+ Swift

Little Egret over Mere View

Little Egret over Mere View

7th May – KP am (GB)

Shelduck
2 Sparrowhawk
2 Common Sandpiper
240+ Swift increasing to 400+ by midday

1st/2nd Field – (GB,LB)

male Marsh Harrier
3 Hobby
Arctic Tern
7 Oystercatcher in 2nd field
Wheatear
Whinchat
3 Common Sandpiper
220+ Sand Martin
Red-necked Grebe though elusive

Wassand Hide

2 Grey Heron
3+ Common Buzzard
5 Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
18 Gadwall
6 Shoveler
170+ Tufted Duck
5 Pochard
Goldeneye
Jay
120+ Sand Martin
60+ Swallow
55+ House Martin

6th May – KP/Mere am (GB)

male Wheatear
White Wagtail
2 Common Sandpiper
70+ Tufted Duck
120+ Swift increasing to 270+ by midday
1200+ Sand Martin
1700+ Swallow
240+ House Martin

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
2 Hobby
Kestrel
18 Gadwall
90+ Tufted Duck
Goldeneye
Whimbrel flew W then E
3 Jay
Cetti’s Warbler
60+ Swift
450 Sand Martin
300+ Swallow
70+ House Martin

1st/2nd Field – pm (GB,LB)

Red-necked Grebe
8 Pochard
2 Common Sandpiper
160+ Swift
450 Sand Martin
200+ Swallow
30+ House Martin

5th May – from KP in am (TI)

Tree Pipit
drk Garganey
Greenshank
Cetti’s Warbler
2 Common Sandpiper
Cuckoo in Wassand (RP,SP)

1st/2nd Field in am – (GB)

2 Shelduck
2 Common Sandpiper
Whimbrel flew NE
24 Swift
360+ Sand Martin
120+ Swallow
30+ House Martin
White Wagtail

1st Field – pm

Common sandpiper
28 Swift
900+ Sand Martin
200+ Swallow

4th May – East Park, Hull (RW)

Some pics from Rich Willison of the Red-rumped Swallow seen today though mostly elusive. Just over 13 years now since the last well watched Red-rumped Swallow at East Park from 2nd-23rd April 2002, how time flies!

Red-rumped Swallow - Rich Willison

Red-rumped Swallow – Rich Willison


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KP in am (GB)

Shelduck
2 Sparrowhawk
7 Common Sandpiper
7 Pied Wagtail
White Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail
25+ Swift
2 Arctic Tern over Mere (TM)
Red-necked Grebe again close off 1st/2nd field (TM,LB)
Barn Owl early am 1st field (LB)

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

Grey Heron
4+ Common Buzzard +2 birds flying high to NNE
6 Marsh Harrier + 1 flying high to NNE
3 Sparrowhawk
12 Great Crested Grebe
22 Teal
2 drake Garganey
18 Gadwall
10 Shoveler
240+ Tufted Duck
10 Pochard
16 Swift
Whimbrel flew E
3 Jay
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Cuckoo (RP,SP)

3rd May – KP in am (GB)

Shelduck
Common Sandpiper
White Wagtail
24 Swift
850+ Sand Martin
1100+ Swallow
240+ House Martin

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – pm

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Sparrowhawk
Hobby
Kestrel
12 Great Crested Grebe
24 Teal
22 Gadwall
10 Shoveler
235 Tufted Duck
4 Pochard
2 Goldeneye
8 Swift
60+ House Martin
2 Jay
2 Long-tailed Tit

from KP – late aft

Red-necked Grebe near Swan Island (also showing close off 1st/2nd field in evening GT/LB)
Yellow Wagtail
30+ Swift

2nd May – 2nd Field late am – (MR,LI) Southside – (JC)

1+ Hobby feeding low over Mere off Heslop’s/2nd field
Red-necked Grebe pushed towards Heslop’s by sailing boats/maggot danglers
4 Barnacle Goose Swan Island spit
drk Garganey at West End (JC)
Wheatear nr Heslop’s

Hobby over Mere

Hobby over Mere


Red-necked Grebe off 3rd field

Red-necked Grebe off 3rd field


phonescoped Red-necked Grebe

phonescoped Red-necked Grebe


Wheatear Heslop's area - Jeff Cox

Wheatear Heslop’s area – Jeff Cox

Wassand Hide early am – (MR,LB)

Grasshopper Warbler reeling from hide
Sedge + Reed Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat behind hide
Common Tern
31 Gadwall
4 Goldeneye
86+ Tufted Duck
8 Pochard
8 Shoveler
12 Teal
10+ Great-crested Grebe
2 Marsh Harrier

drk Pochard from Wassand hide

drk Pochard from Wassand hide

Cowden early am – (LI)

3 Cuckoo

1st May – Southside late am/evening (MR,LI,GT,GB)

Red-necked Grebe off 1st/2nd field
fem Common Scoter middle of Mere
drk Garganey in evening off 1st field
1 Common Sandpiper Swan Island
9 Pink-footed Goose off Swan Island late aft
3 Hobby feeding along Southside
7+ Sparrowhawk (4+ Decoy/Wassand, 3 singles high north)
2 Kestrel 1st field + Heslop’s
male Marsh Harrier high north
3 Common Buzzard over northside
4 Curlew NNW
2 Yellow Wagtail Ouzel Hedge
Cetti’s Warbler
Grey Heron high south

Hobby's today over the Southside

Hobby’s today over the Southside


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Sparrowhawk over Ouzel Hedge

Sparrowhawk over Ouzel Hedge


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Jackdaw over 1st field

Jackdaw over 1st field

KP – am (GB)

Black-necked Grebe
Common Scoter
Shelduck
male Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Dunlin
Redshank
8 Pied Wagtail
White Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail
8 Swift

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk – am

Grey Heron
4+ Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
4+ Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrel
12 Great-crested Grebe
8 Teal
16 Gadwall
8 Shoveler
270+ Tufted Duck
4 Pochard
5 Goldeneye
4 Swift
60+ House Martin
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker calling

from KP in aft

Red-necked Grebe
Dunlin
8 Pied Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail
25+ Swift

Bewholme in evening – (GT)

Common Sandpiper
1 LRP

Cowden early am – (JC,MR,AJ)

Cuckoo

Grimston – (TI)

a fine addition to Tim’s garden list was a Wryneck

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