October Sightings

31st October – Southside/Wassand Hide – pm (GB)

3 Grey Heron
96 Barnacle Geese
2 Pink-footed Goose
2 Kestrel
Great Grey Shrike – Ouzel Hedge but more mobile at 15:50
mixed flock of c30 Great Tit/Blue Tit
14 Long-tailed Tit
3 Cetti’s Warbler
Peregrine south (TM)
Dunlin
2 Water Rail 2nd field edge
Noctule Bat over 1st/2nd field
this evening’s Starling murmuration probably involved upwards of 6000 birds

Starlings - thousands of em!

Starlings – thousands of em!


Noctule Bat in near darkness over 1st field

Noctule Bat in near darkness over 1st field

Southside – am (GB)

2 Grey Heron
Short-eared Owl – 2nd field
Great Grey Shrike-Ouzel Hedge
30+ Blackbird
24 Redwing
4 Song Thrush
8 Robin
2 Bullfinch
3 Goldcrest
4+ Cetti’s Warbler

Great Grey Shrike at Ouzel Hedge - Rich Willison

Great Grey Shrike at Ouzel Hedge – Rich Willison


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30th October – Southside in pm (GB,BMJ)

female Scaup
Great Grey Shrike
3600+ Starling – roosting at East end

28th October – KP in am (GB)

2 Grey Wagtail
Sparrowhawk

Southside – pm

Great Grey Shrike
200+ Starling

27th October – Southside mid am-12:15 (MR,GB)

1 drk Common Scoter off 1st field
64 Pochard
39+ Goldeneye
3 Scaup
1 Little Grebe
Great Grey Shrike still by Ouzel Hedge
small no’s Redwing over
31 Tree Sparrow Ouzel Hedge
11 Reed Bunting
2 Yellowhammer
21 Goldfinch
4+ Goldcrest

drk Common Scoter over East end

drk Common Scoter over East end

Grimston – (TI)

a late Whinchat at Grimston - Tim Isherwood

a late Whinchat at Grimston – Tim Isherwood

26th October – Southside early am-12:15 (LI,MR,TM,GB,BMJ)

Great Grey Shrike still around Ouzel Hedge showing well at times
10 Whooper Swan flew out south early morning
1 Whooper Swan from Wassand hide
Bearded Tit’s heard over Heslop’s
2+ Cetti’s Warbler
3 Scaup (1 off Heslop’s, 1 off Northside, 1 off 1st Field)
red nasal saddled Tufted Duck TH off 1st field
1 Dunlin
8 Knot south over Mere
Sparrowhawk
2 Common Buzzard
c90 Redwing over 1st field
100+ Golden Plover over

Great Grey Shrike - Ouzel Hedge

Great Grey Shrike – Ouzel Hedge


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Great Grey Shrike - Alan Elkin

Great Grey Shrike – Alan Elkin

Grimston in aft – (TI)

1 Yellow-browed Warbler (13th 2015 individual!)

25th October – Wassand Hide/Southside 08:00-14:30 (MR,GB,BMJ)

A cracking morning’s birding from the Wassand Hide where the vast majority of wildfowl was congregating, was topped off early afternoon with the discovery of a stunning Great Grey Shrike up by Ouzel Hedge from 12:40 till 16:15 at least.

Wassand Hide

42 Whooper Swan including 5 juvs
520+ Greylag Goose over Mere/Decoy
32 Canada Goose over Mere/Decoy
90 Barnacle Goose
6+ Bearded Tit
2+ Cetti’s Warbler
27 Goldeneye
4 Scaup
1 Goosander
1 Little Grebe
blue nasal saddled Tufted Duck Z3
red nasal saddled Tufted Duck TH
2 Pintail
6 Grey Heron
Kingfisher
fem Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel

Great Grey Shrike - Ouzel Hedge

Great Grey Shrike – Ouzel Hedge


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Whooper Swan's from Wassand hide

Whooper Swan’s from Wassand hide


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2 of the 4 Scaup from Wassand hide

2 of the 4 Scaup from Wassand hide


Goldeneye

Goldeneye


Wigeon and Gadwall in Decoy

Wigeon and Gadwall in Decoy

23rd October – Wassand Hide/Mere 09:00-13:30 (MR,GB)

4+ Cetti’s Warbler seen/heard from hide
6 Bearded Tit though elusive (2 from left hand reedbed from hide joined by 4 late am)
fem Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
20 Whooper Swan (12 inc 4 juvs from hide 11:20, 11 then south, 8 ads dropped on Mere 13:10)
1 Little Grebe
1 Swallow through Decoy
Kingfisher
3 Siskin over
several Redpoll over Ouzel hedge
2 Scaup Decoy Channel
Otter briefly Decoy Channel 10:00, in Decoy left hand corner 11:35-11:49

Whooper Swans

Whooper Swans


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Whooper Swan from Wassand hide

Whooper Swan from Wassand hide


Bearded Tits over Decoy

Bearded Tits over Decoy

22nd October – Mere (GT)

2 Whooper Swan
2 Pintail from KP
Scaup Decoy Channel
fem Tufted Duck Decoy Channel, red nasal saddle TH, rung at São Jacinto Dunes Nature Reserve, Portugal 20/12/2013

fem Tufted Duck TH - David Rodrigues

fem Tufted Duck TH – David Rodrigues


male Tufted Duck blue nasal saddle, details yet to be clinched

Southside/Wassand Hide in pm (GB)

96 Barnacle Goose
154 Mute Swan -incl 121 in Decoy
Goldcrest at Wassand
60+ Starling

20th October – Southside/Wassand Hide in am (GB,BMJ)

4 Grey Heron
Little Egret
Marsh Harrier juv
2 Kestrel
94 Barnacle Goose
220+ Mallard
180+ Gadwall
16 Shoveler
420+ Wigeon
860+ Tufted Duck
32 Pochard
15 Goldeneye
15 Goosander – came in from the East, eventually heading South West
2600+ Coot
Whitethroat – hedgerow at Heslops
7 Redwing
30+ Blackbird
Great Spotted Woodpecker

18th October – 1st/2nd Field + Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (GB)

4 Grey Heron
Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrel
94 Barnacle Goose
32 Pochard
28 Shoveler
7 Goldeneye
70+ Lapwing
Cetti’s Warbler near hide
2 Chiffchaff
3 Redwing
30+ Blackbird
2 Jay

17th October – 1st/2nd Field (GB)

3 Goldeneye

16th October – 1st/2nd Field in am (GB)

juvenile Slavonian Grebe
4 Goldeneye
250+ Lapwing
2 Redwing

10 Goldeneye + 32 Redwing over late am (MR)

15th October – 2nd Field early aft (MR,GB,AE)

1 Slavonian Grebe off 2nd field
1 ad Med Gull over 2nd field
1 Curlew over south

Slavonian Grebe off 2nd field

Slavonian Grebe off 2nd field


adult Med Gull

adult Med Gull

Rolston – early aft (GR)

a brief Great Grey Shrike in clifftop fields

Great Grey Shrike at Rolston - Graham Russell

Great Grey Shrike at Rolston – Graham Russell

Grimston in aft – (TI)

Yellow-browed Warbler (12th 2015 individual!)

Cowden – in am (MR)

Short-eared Owl in off
Peregrine south
5 Kestrel
1 Common Buzzard
1 Curlew north
20+ Goldcrest
2 Chiffchaff
10 Redwing
19 Redpoll
2 Greenfinch

Peregrine south at Cowden

Peregrine south at Cowden

14th October – Cowden in am (MR)

Cetti’s Warbler heard
1 Short-eared Owl in off
1 Snow Bunting in clifftop stubble field
11 Goldcrest
21 Tree Sparrow

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Mere in pm – (GB)

5+ Grey Heron
300+ Wigeon
28 Pochard
3 Goldeneye
2 Kestrel
7 Golden Plover flew North

13th October – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in pm (GB)

4 Grey Heron
Common Buzzard
2 Kestrel
Cetti’s Warbler
9 Long-tailed Tit
4 Siskin over South

12th October – 2nd Field in am (AE)

3 Slavonian Grebe off 2nd field

3 Slavonian Grebes - Alan Elkin

3 Slavonian Grebes – Alan Elkin


Slavonian Grebes (2)
Slav Grebe

11th October – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (MR,LB)

2+ Cetti’s Warbler – (1 confiding/vocal bird showing well either side of hide in alders and bramble scrub)
1 Hobby still from hide
2 Common Buzzard
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
1 Pintail
23 Shoveler
26 Gadwall
1 Little Grebe
Kingfisher
8+ Goldcrest
3 Siskin over

Cetti's Warbler from Wassand hide

Cetti’s Warbler from Wassand hide


Hobby

Hobby


Goldcrest

Goldcrest


Kingfisher

Kingfisher

10th October – Southside/Wassand Hide in am (GB)

5 Grey Heron
Common Buzzard
2 Kestrel
340+ Wigeon
2 Pintail
22 Shoveler
Curlew flew West
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
21 Redwing
Grey Wagtail
4 Bullfinch

9th October – Cowden 08:30-12:00 (MR)

450+ Pink-footed Goose south 11:30-12:00
Cetti’s Warbler heard
1 Ring Ouzel
2 Stonechat
45+ Redpoll
Short-eared Owl
Marsh Harrier
2 Yellowhammer
Chiffchaff
Blackcap

Mere early aft

3 Med Gull off 2nd field 13:30 (2 ads, 1 1w)
Swallow south
4 Pink-footed Goose on Mere

Lapwing over 2nd field

Lapwing over 2nd field


Migrant Hawker

Migrant Hawker

Grimston – (TI)

773+ Pink-footed Goose through south upto 13:30
Green Sandpiper
Lesser Whitethroat
3 Swallow

Pink-feet over Cowden

Pink-feet over Cowden


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Southside/Wassand Hide in am – (GB)

Otter from Wassand hide
5+ Grey Heron
juvenile Marsh Harrier
Hobby
Kestrel
96 Barnacle Goose
491+ Pink-footed Goose – 5 skeins heading South/South West
between 11:25 and 12:20
300+ Wigeon
Ring Ouzel at Heslops flew South
5+ Robin
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
4 Swallow
2+ Chiffchaff
Cetti’s Warbler
7+ Redpoll
12 Linnet
9 Tree Sparrow
42+ Reed Bunting
4 Yellowhammer

8th October – Cowden 09:00-14:00 (MR)

1 Woodcock
6 Ring Ouzel
1 Cetti’s Warbler – a first for Cowden with a vocal bird picked up in clifftop bramble/hawthorn scrub
2 Swallow
3 Stonechat
3 Song Thrush
4 Chiffchaff
10+ Goldcrest
Blackcap
Barn Owl
204+ Pink-footed Goose south
72 Meadow Pipit
28 Redpoll
23 Goldfinch
13 Linnet
6 Tree Sparrow

Ring Ouzels at Cowden

Ring Ouzels at Cowden


Stonechat

Stonechat


Barn Owl at Cowden

Barn Owl at Cowden


Pink-footed Geese heading south

Pink-footed Geese heading south

Grimston in am – (TI)

Firecrest
2 Yellow-browed Warbler (8th & 9th record this year!)
Ring Ouzel
Lesser Whitethroat

Mere Southside 14:30-17:30 (MR,AE,GB)

1 Short-eared Owl – a Mere scarcity, flew west over 2nd field towards Heslop’s and dropped in by Ouzel hedge briefly
1 Hobby – over Decoy/West end
1 Kestrel
fem Marsh Harrier
5+ Grey Heron
142 Pink-footed Goose over south – a skein of 55 contained 1 Barnacle Goose
Grey Wagtail over Mere
4 Redpoll
3 Cetti’s Warbler heard
4+ Chiffchaff

Short-eared Owl over 3rd field/Heslop's

Short-eared Owl over 3rd field/Heslop’s


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4th October – Southside/Wassand Hide in am and early aft (GB,BMJ)

4 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
3+ Kestrel
2 adult Whooper Swan arrived at Decoy at 11:25
male Tufted Duck bearing red nasal saddle
2 Little Gull
4 Bearded Tit
5+ Jay
9 Long-tailed Tit
3 Yellowhammer
3 Siskin over

3rd October – Southside/Wassand Hide in am (GB)

2 Pink-footed Goose off Swan Island
90+ Barnacle Goose
4 Pintail
2 Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrel
120+ Lapwing
3 Little Gull
6 Bearded Tit
Cetti’s Warbler

2nd October – Southside/Wassand Hide in am (GB)

5+ Grey Heron
Little Egret flew West
2 Common Buzzard flew high South West
2 Sparrowhawk
3 Kestrel
Little Grebe
280+ Wigeon
28 Shoveler
4 Pintail
3 Little Gull
7 Bearded Tit – seen well from Hide
Cetti’s Warbler
3 Yellowhammer

1st October – Southside in pm (MR,GB)

315 Pink-footed Goose high south between 13:30-14:30
4 Common Buzzard high south
Marsh Harrier high south
9 Redpoll
7 Siskin
3 Swallow
nasal saddled Tufted Duck still at west end

Pink-footed Geese

Pink-footed Geese


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KP in am (GB)

4 Grey Heron
3 Little Gull
Chiffchaff

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

Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
Blackcap
2 Jay
Green Woodpecker
Kingfisher

Kingfisher from Wassand Hide - Chris Cox

Kingfisher from Wassand Hide – Chris Cox

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