Monthly Archives: January 2016

January Sightings

30th January – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in pm (GB,BMJ)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
28 Redwing
Goldcrest
2 Jay

29th January – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (GB,BMJ)

Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
2 Bean Goose flew west
Kestrel
Peregrine
3 Pintail
54 Shoveler
740+ Teal
420+ Pochard
14 Redwing
9 Long-tailed Tit
Goldcrest

28th January – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk 09:30-12:00 (MR,JB)

40+ Goldfinch by the pines
4 Bullfinch
17+ Redwing
2 Marsh Harrier
2 Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
Woodcock
2 Grey Heron
610+ Teal
247+ Pochard
41+ Shoveler
2 Shelduck
Long-tailed Duck off Cormorant Tree’s
redhead Smew off Swan Island (GB)

male Great Spotted Pecker Wassand Wood

male Great Spotted Pecker Wassand Wood

26th January – West Carlton (AJ)

a possible 1w Bean Goose present at West Carlton

25th January – Mere in aft (SW)

6 Tundra Bean Goose flew over north

Wassand Hide – in am (JC,SP)

Cetti’s Warbler
3 Common Buzzard
pair Marsh Harrier
2 Great crested Grebe
2 Grey Heron

Sparrowhawk through Decoy - Simon Pugh

Sparrowhawk through Decoy – Simon Pugh

24th January – 1st/2nd Field in aft (GB,GT,BMJ)

Red-necked Grebe
redhead Smew
Long-tailed Duck
85+ Goldeneye

Southside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (GB,BMJ,DB,SB)

Grey Heron
2 Marsh Harrier
32 Canada Goose
redhead Smew
Red-crested Pochard
1w Little Gull
30+ Siskin
30+ Goldfinch

23rd January – 2nd Field late aft (LI)

the near adult Kumlien’s Gull off 2nd field at 16:10
2w Med Gull
1w Little Gull

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk 10:00-13:00 (TM,GB et al)

Grey Heron
2 Marsh Harrier
Common Buzzard
Great-crested Grebe
redhead Smew at close range
Woodcock
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
600+ Wood Pigeon
4 Treecreeper
Goldcrest
40+ Siskin

22nd January – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk late aft (GB,BMJ)

Grey Heron
2 Marsh Harrier
Common Buzzard
Woodcock
1400+ Wood Pigeon
7 Redwing
2 Treecreeper
6 Siskin

21st January – 2nd Field am/pm

redhead Smew
2 Pintail
Long-tailed Duck
3 Shelduck
2 Dunlin on ice
2 Marsh Harrier
drk Red-crested Pochard off jetties
Red-necked Grebe late aft (JC)

20th January – 2nd Field 14:00-16:40 (MR,GB)

juv Glaucous Gull from 2nd field late aft, flew east to coast at 16:30
redhead Smew off Swan Island late aft
Long-tailed Duck
Red-necked Grebe
drk Red-crested Pochard
2 Pintail
male Marsh Harrier
Common Buzzard
Peregrine
Chiffchaff 1st field reedbed
Otter off Swan Island spit 14:30-14:38

Slavonian Grebe off KP in am (GB)
2 Scaup off 1st field in am
2 Marsh Harrier from Wassand hide

19th January – Southside in am (MR)

1w fem Scaup off 1st field
Red-necked Grebe
Long-tailed Duck
Red-crested Pochard
1w Little Gull

18th January – KP/1st/2nd Field in pm (GB,BMJ)

Slavonian Grebe
Red-necked Grebe (JC)
2 Scaup (inc 1 drk)
redhead Smew
1w Little Gull

Bittern in flight briefly from Wassand hide (SP)

17th January – KP mid aft (DB,SB)

drk Scaup
3rd winter Iceland Gull, re-identified as a Kumlien’s Gull from photo’s

Kumlien's Gull from Kirkholme Point - Dave Bryan

Kumlien’s Gull from Kirkholme Point – Dave Bryan

KP/Southside/Wassand Hide in am (GB,BMJ)

2 Grey Heron
3 Marsh Harrier (2 males)
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Red-necked Grebe
450+ Mallard
72 Shoveler
760+ Wigeon
740+ Teal
400+ Pochard
drk Red-crested Pochard
1700+ Tufted Duck
145 Goldeneye
redhead Smew
2 Mistle Thrush
Redwing
8 Yellowhammer
70+ Reed Bunting
3 Tree Sparrow

15th January – 1st/2nd Field late aft (GB,TI)

Red-necked Grebe
Long-tailed Duck
redhead Smew flew east
drk Red-crested Pochard
3+ Water Rail
Cetti’s Warbler
Slavonian Grebe from KP

14th January – Hornsea seafront in aft (GT)

5 Fulmar including a single ‘blue’ Fulmar
2 Goldeneye

13th January – 2nd Field 14:30-16:30 (MR)

1w Little Gull
Red-necked Grebe middle of Mere
Slavonian Grebe off 2nd field late aft/off KP earlier (RW)
Long-tailed Duck middle of Mere from 15:40
4 Shelduck
Otter from 2nd field 15:50-16:30 off Swan Island/Buoy 8

Wassand Hide in am (MR,GB)

2 Marsh Harrier
1+ Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
16 Siskin
23+ Redwing

Fitling area – (TI)

1 White-fronted Goose
7 Pink-footed Goose
200 Grelag Goose

12th January – Wassand Hide/Heslop’s in am (MR,GB)

3 Pintail
3 Marsh Harrier
406 Teal
51 Shoveler
Cetti’s Warbler heard
Long-tailed Duck off Swan Island
1w Little Gull off Heslop’s
4 Shelduck
Red-necked Grebe middle of Mere
40+ Goldfinch by the pines
Nuthatch heard nr the carpark

Marsh Harrier from Wassand Hide

Marsh Harrier from Wassand Hide


Shoveler

Shoveler

11th January – Southside in afternoon (ZS,AS)

1w Scaup off 1st field reedbed
3 Little Gull (2ads + 1w)
586 Wigeon
Slavonian Grebe off 2nd field late aft/also KP earlier
Red-necked Grebe off 2nd field
4 Shelduck along northside
Long-tailed Duck Hunky Dory off Cormorant Trees late aft
drk Goosander/Goosnar flew Low west late aft
Otter – showed well from 15:15-16:20 off 2nd field

Wassand Hide

2 Pintail
male Marsh Harrier
1+ Common Buzzard
Peregrine over Wassand
Woodcock on Woodland walk

The Jean Genie off 2nd field

The Jean Genie off 2nd field

10th January – KP early aft (GB)

Slavonian Grebe

1st/2nd Field in pm

Red-necked Grebe
drk Long-tailed Duck
drk Red-crested Pochard

Nuthatch again in Wassand (EH,JH,RL)

9th January – 1st Field (RL et al)

Red-necked Grebe
Long-tailed Duck

Slavonian Grebe from KP in am (GB)

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am

male Marsh Harrier
Cettiā€™s Warbler
6 Redwing
11 Long-tailed Tit

Purple Sandpiper on Hornsea seafront (JC)

Purple Sandpiper Hornsea seafront - Jeff Cox

Purple Sandpiper Hornsea seafront – Jeff Cox

8th January – Wassand Hide mid am (JC)

2 Marsh Harrier
Kingfisher

Marsh Harriers from Wassand Hide - Jeff Cox

Marsh Harriers from Wassand Hide – Jeff Cox

7th January – KP in am (TI)

Slavonian Grebe

Little Gull off Hornsea seafront
Great northern Diver south off Hornsea

6th January – 2nd Field/Heslop’s 14:30-16:00 (MR,JC)

a probable Red-necked Grebe, middle of Mere in poor light/conditions from 2nd field
imm Peregrine over west end and northside
2 Dunlin over Mere
264 Teal off Heslop’s
3 Snipe Heslop’s
Otter around Buoy 3 from 2nd field at 15:52

5th January – from KP midday (TI)

Slavonian Grebe
Dunlin
Little Gull
250+ Lapwing over south

1st January – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (GB,BMJ,SP)

Grey Heron
Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier – first winter
110 Teal
36 Shoveler
2 Pintail
drk Red-crested Pochard
drk Long-tailed Duck

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.