December Sightings

31st December – Wassand Hide/Southside/KP (MR,BMJ,MT,TM,GT)

1 Little Gull off KP
2+ Pintail (drk from Wassand hide, drk off Hermitage field, fem/imm east over Mere)
2 Scaup (drk + fem off 1st field)
3 Shelduck
Long-tailed Duck off Cormorant Trees late am
3 Common Buzzard
4+ Snipe Heslop’s

Reed Cutting/Habitat Management – 4th January/7th January 2016

Please be aware that Aquatic Solutions will be cutting reedbeds initially in two sites at Kirkholme Point and latterly in Decoy Bay.

The work will be undertaken using a specially designed water craft on the Mere and cutting areas in to the reedbeds to enable easier feeding for nesting birds and also creating some shallow pools.

Although the Hide will remain open for Members there will inevitably be disturbance in Decoy Bay. No Day permits will be available on the four dates involved.

29th December – Southside late aft (GT,MR)

1 Pintail
1w Med Gull

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in pm (GB)

Grey Heron
2 Scaup
Goldcrest
16 Siskin at Wassand

28th December – Wassand Hide 10:00-12:00 (MR,JC)

c86 Siskin in trees behind hide
16 Long-tailed Tit
3 Treecreeper
2 Cetti’s Warbler seen/heard from hide
Common Buzzard

Treecreeper from Wassand Hide

Treecreeper from Wassand Hide

27th December – Wassand Hide/Heslop’s (MR,BMJ)

3 Grey Heron
2 Marsh Harrier (male + 1cy)
2 Scaup (1w drk + imm fem)
2 Cetti’s Warbler seen/heard from Wassand hide
Green Woodpecker
Kingfisher over Mere
5 Snipe Heslop’s
10 ad Whooper Swan dropped in from the SE at 11:40 on northside of Mere/in Decoy Channel from Wassand hide early aft
Long-tailed Duck nr Decoy Channel mid aft (RL et al)

Whooper Swans from Wassand hide

Whooper Swans from Wassand hide


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Snipe in Heslop's

Snipe in Heslop’s


local Little Owl

local Little Owl

20th December – Southside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (GB,BMJ,DB,SB)

Black-necked Grebe
2 Common Buzzard
male Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
imm Peregrine (DB,RL et al)
3 Scaup (DB,RL et al)
96 Barnacle Goose
1500+ Tufted Duck
300+ Pochard
Redwing
2 Treecreeper
2 Goldcrest
Jay
2 Yellowhammer

19th December – Kirkholme Point (TI)

a single Waxwing flew south over the KP approach road

17th December – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in pm (GB,BMJ)

Black-necked Grebe
34 Shoveler
2 Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier – first winter
Kestrel
1400+ Starling roosting Decoy Bay

16th December – Wassand Hide (SP)

5 Pintail flew over

Rolston – (GR)

sadly a Merlin was found dead after flying into a window at Rolston shortly after chasing down a Skylark

Merlin and Skylark

Merlin and Skylark

15th December – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (GB,JB)

Black-necked Grebe
Common Buzzard
male Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
male Goosander flew East
36 Redwing at Wassand
Nuthatch at Wassand

14th December – Southside mid am/Wassand Hide early aft (MR)

24 Fieldfare over 1st field
Long-tailed Duck off Heslop’s
2 Snipe Heslop’s

c120 Fieldfare nr Weatherhill Plantation flew towards Goxhill
1 Marsh Harrier over pines
Sparrowhawk in Wassand
Black-necked Grebe from Wassand hide
1w drk Scaup
5 Goosander/Goosnar
3 drk Red-crested Pochard
3 Cetti’s Warbler seen/heard from hide
1+ Chiffchaff in left hand reedbed from hide

Goosander from Wassand Hide

Goosander from Wassand Hide


confiding Sparrowhawk in Wassand

confiding Sparrowhawk in Wassand

13th December – Wassand Hide/Heslop’s (MR,JC,RY,GT)

2 Marsh Harrier from Wassand hide
3 drk Red-crested Pochard early am
Chiffchaff from hide
Black-necked Grebe from hide early aft/from KP earlier
1w drk Scaup from hide early aft
4+ Snipe Heslop’s area

male Marsh Harrier from Wassand Hide

male Marsh Harrier from Wassand Hide


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local Little Owl

local Little Owl

additional sightings today (GB)

Southside/Wassand Hide in pm

3 Grey Heron
Sparrowhawk
32 Pink-footed Goose flew South West
230+ Greylag Goose
96 Barnacle Goose
185+ Gadwall
36 Shoveler
145+ Wigeon
46 Teal
270+ Pochard
1400+ Tufted Duck
125+ Goldeneye
130+ Tree Sparrow
40+ Chaffinch
Bullfinch
8 Greenfinch
5 Siskin
45+ Reed Bunting
8 Yellowhammer

11th December – Wassand Hide/Southside (MR,JB,BMJ,GB,SP)

Otter from hide swam into Decoy Channel 09:55
Black-necked Grebe in Decoy Bay from Wassand Hide
2 Marsh Harrier
2 Peregrine – showing well at times in Decoy from hide marauding Wood Pigeons and Wildfowl
Common Buzzard
Kestrel
Sparrowhawk
2+ Grey Heron
2+ Cetti’s Warbler seen/heard from hide
1+ Bearded Tit
Slavonian Grebe off 2nd field/Swan Island/Heslop’s
3 drk Red-crested Pochard off Swan Island/in Decoy Channel mid aft
130 Wigeon
270+ Pochard
65+ Goldeneye
4+ Snipe Heslop’s

Peregrine from Wassand Hide

Peregrine from Wassand Hide


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Marsh Harriers from Wassand Hide

Marsh Harriers from Wassand Hide


Slavonian Grebe off 2nd field

Slavonian Grebe off 2nd field


Snipe in Heslop's

Snipe in Heslop’s


Short-eared Owl at Aldbrough - Rod Yeoman

Short-eared Owl at Aldbrough – Rod Yeoman

10th December – Wassand Hide/Southside (MR)

3+ drk Red-crested Pochard from Wassand hide
male Marsh Harrier
Peregrine over Decoy
Long-tailed Duck middle of Mere off Heslop’s
Slavonian Grebe off Heslop’s
3+ Cetti’s Warbler
4+ Snipe

Snipe in Heslop's

Snipe in Heslop’s

9th December – Southside/Wassand Hide (JC,GB)

male Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
106 Mute Swan
5 adult Whooper Swan arrived in Decoy Bay
62 Goldeneye
16 Shoveler
Fieldfare
220+ Starling roosting 1st field
3 Siskin

Whooper Swans from Wassand Hide - Jeff Cox

Whooper Swans from Wassand Hide – Jeff Cox


whooper swans at Hornsea Mere dec 2015 (14)

8th December – of interest, the red nasal-saddled (TH) female Tufted Duck present at the Mere from late September and throughout October, has been relocated at Ouse Washes RSPB Reserve in Cambridgeshire

5th December – Southside early aft (GT)

1 Water Pipit – 1st/2nd field edge
6+ Snipe
1 drk Goosander/Goosnar

4th December – Wassand Hide in am (MR,AW) Mere (MR)

1 Great White Egret – dropped into Decoy Bay viewed from the Wassand hide at 09:58 and flew out towards the east end of the Mere around 10:20. It was then relocated in the Swan Island area until 10:39 when it eventually headed out south/south east 10:46 (JC,GT et al). It was then picked up distantly shortly after, heading south from the Aldbrough area by Ade.

1 Nuthatch – the elusive individual again near the Wassand carpark (GT)
1 Green Woodpecker Wassand walk
1 Long-tailed Duck – middle of Mere off Heslop’s
1 2w Med Gull – middle of Mere off 3rd field early aft
1 Scaup off 1st field reedbed
1 Slavonian Grebe from KP off Swan Island (JC et al)
2 Cetti’s Warbler from 3rd field
11 Pink-footed Goose over 2nd field dropped in Southorpe area
Little Grebe off KP (GB,DB,BMJ et al)
264 Pochard
60+ Goldeneye
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Great White Egret from Wassand hide - Alan Walkington

Great White Egret from Wassand hide – Alan Walkington

3rd December – Southside/Wassand Hide (GB)

2 Grey Heron
158 Mute Swan
20 Shoveler
Sparrowhawk
2 Marsh Harrier – male + first winter
8 Redwing
30+ Blackbird
40+ Reed Bunting
2 Yellowhammer
30+ Chaffinch

2nd December – Wassand/Wassand Hide in am (MR,SP,JB,BMJ,JC)

male Marsh Harrier
2 Common Buzzard
2 Jay

Slavonian Grebe off KP/Tree Island
1w Scaup off 1st field reedbed late morning
133 Pochard off 1st field
57+ Goldeneye off 1st field
3 Red-crested Pochard off KP (GB)

1st December – KP/2nd Field (TI,MR,JC)

Slavonian Grebe off KP
2 Little Grebe off KP
Long-tailed Duck off 1st field/KP late aft
1 Goosander off 1st field late aft
drk Red-crested Pochard off Heslop’s

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