Monthly Archives: April 2016

April Sightings

30th April – Southside (TM)

15 Swift
5 Yellow Wagtail

Cowden

a large pipit sp. was seen briefly at Cowden before disappearing into a private area mid morning

26th April – Southside 18:30-20:00 (MR)

1+ Oystercatcher Swan Island
2+ Little Egret East end/Swan Island
1 Redwing 2nd field
4 Lapwing Southorpe fields

Lapwing from Southorpe

Lapwing from Southorpe

25th April – Southorpe/Southside 05:50-08:00 (GB,JC)

7 Goldeneye
Jack Snipe
5 Lapwing
Cuckoo
Barn Owl
4 Sedge Warbler
2 Cetti’s Warbler
70+ Sand Martin
20+ Swallow

KP in am

34 Tufted Duck
Snipe
3 Pied Wagtail
25+ Sand Martin
20+ Swallow
12 House Martin
Swift
2 Cetti’s Warbler

24th April – Southside in evening (LB,JC,GB,BMJ)

Short-eared Owl – 1 was present quartering the Southorpe fields early evening
Swift 4+
Swallow 50+
House Martin 10+
Linnet 35+
Cetti’s Warbler 2
Willow Warbler 2
Chiffchaff 1
Lapwing 4

Short-eared Owl - Jeff Cox

Short-eared Owl – Jeff Cox


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21st April – Southside in evening (TM)

Long-eared Owl again in flight nr 2nd field bank
Little Egret on Swan Island
130+ Sand Martin off 1st field (GB)

KP/Northside in am (GB)

2 Grey Heron
2 Wigeon
2 Pochard
22 Tufted Duck
14 Goldeneye
40+ Sand Martin
Reed Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat
4 Blackcap
4+ Chiffchaff
2 Cetti’s Warbler

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (GB)

3 Grey Heron
6 Common Buzzard including two flying high NNE
4 Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
4 Shoveler
2 Wigeon
2 Teal
74 Tufted Duck
32 Goldeneye
drk Long-tailed Duck
2 Stock Dove
Green Woodpecker
5 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Kingfisher
2 Sedge Warbler
3 Cetti’s Warbler
8 Blackcap
5 Chiffchaff
4 Long-tailed Tit
Bullfinch
30+ Sand Martin
22 House Martin
12 Swallow

Southside early morning (JC)

3 Lesser Whitethroat
4 Sedge Warbler
2 Chiffchaff
3 Willow Warbler
3 Blackcap
2 Cetti’s Warbler
Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
2 Stock Dove
5 Lapwing
2 Skylark

Lesser Whitethroat - Jeff Cox

Lesser Whitethroat – Jeff Cox

20th April – KP/Northside in am (GB)

2 Grey Heron
10 Great Crested Grebe
16 Gadwall
42 Tufted Duck
23 Goldeneye
2 Cetti’s Warbler
2 Blackcap
6+ Chiffchaff
60+ Sand Martin

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

3 Grey Heron
4+ Common Buzzard
4+ Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrel
8 Great-crested Grebe
8 Gadwall
2 Shoveler
2 Wigeon
2 Teal
96 Tufted Duck
36 Goldeneye
2 Cetti’s Warbler
12+ Blackcap
8+ Chiffchaff
Ring Ouzel
2 Mistle Thrush
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Gold crest

1st/2nd Field evening (GB)

17 Goldeneye
460+ Sand Martin
45+ Swallow
12 House Martin
Curlew flew South

19th April – Southside 15:30-18:30 (MR,LB,BMJ)

Yellow Wagtail over 2nd field west
Long-tailed Duck off 2nd field
2 Egyptian Goose Southorpe fields/Mere
2 Little Egret at East end
1 Common Swift with the hirundines over 1st/2nd field
24+ Linnet Heslop’s/Ouzel Hedge
1 Common Buzzard high south

Swift over 1st field

Swift over 1st field

Southside early am (GB)

No sign of Long-eared Owl
2 Cetti’s Warbler
5+Chiffchaff
Blackcap
4+Sedge Warbler
drk Long-tailed Duck

KP/Northside

14 Gadwall
74 Tufted Duck
32 Goldeneye
60+ Sand Martin
12 House Martin
20+ Swallow
6 Lesser Black-backed Gull
6+ Chiffchaff
4+ Blackcap

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk

Grey Heron
4+ Common Buzzard
4+ Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
8 Gadwall
2 Shoveler
2 Wigeon
4 Teal
Pochard
95 Tufted Duck
drk-Long-tailed Duck
72 Goldeneye
2 Cetti’s Warbler
6+ Blackcap
4+ Chiffchaff
30+ House Martin
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker

18th April – 1st/2nd/3rd Field (MR,JC,TM)

Long-eared Owl – seen several times in flight around 2nd field bank 09:30-09:50
2 Egyptian Goose south over Mere towards Southorpe fields
15 Pink-footed Goose – dropped in from the north behind 2nd field, flew NW an hour later
Long-tailed Duck off 2nd field late morning
Tufted x Scaup type hybrid off 1st field late morning
5 Yellow Wagtail
1 Curlew west in evening
2+ Cetti’s Warbler
3+ Lesser Whitethroat
3+ Blackcap
5+ Willow Warbler
5+ Chiffchaff
80+ Sand Martin
20+ Swallow
10+ House Martin

Egyptian Geese over Mere

Egyptian Geese over Mere


Pink-feet dropping over 2nd field

Pink-feet dropping over 2nd field

17th April – Southside/Wassand Hide 08:00-13:00 (TM,MT,MR,GB,BMJ)

6+ Sedge Warbler
4+ Lesser Whitethroat
4+ Cetti’s Warbler
2 Jay along Northside of Mere
6 LBb Gull Swan Island
4+ Marsh Harrier
6+ Common Buzzard
2 Sparrowhawk
2+ Kestrel
3+ Grey Heron
Long-tailed Duck Northside/Wassand Hide
1 Egyptian Goose seen at Southorpe/Wassand Hide/Mere
8 Gadwall
8 Shoveler
4 Wigeon
8 Teal
75+ Tufted Duck
80+ Goldeneye
2 Otter from Hide at 10:30
25+ Meadow Pipit Ouzel Hedge
12+ Tree Sparrow

Meadow Pipit at Ouzel Hedge

Meadow Pipit at Ouzel Hedge

KP in am (GB)

12 Gadwall
84 Tufted Duck
Kingfisher
70+ Sand Martin
2 Cetti’s Warbler
4 Chiffchaff
2 Blackcap

16th April – Southside/KP (MT,MR,RL et al)

Little Egret from Tesco’s carpark around 8am
3+ Lesser Whitethroat 2nd Field/Ouzel Hedge
4+ Sedge Warbler 1st Field/Heslop’s
4+ Marsh Harrier
Egyptian Goose around Tree Island

KP in am (GB)

320+ Sand Martin
40+ Swallow
12 House Martin
58 Mute Swan
2+ Cetti’s Warbler
4 Chiffchaff
2 Blackcap
Willow Warbler

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk/Southside (GB)

3 Grey Heron
8 Common Buzzard including 4 heading high NNE
8 Marsh Harrier including a sub-adult male and 2 “cream-crown” flying high NNE
3 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
12 Great Crested Grebe
18 Gadwall
9 Shoveler
4 Wigeon
9 Teal
200+ Tufted Duck
260+ Goldeneye
Curlew flew E
Whimbrel flew N
12 Sand Martin
24 Swallow
30+ House Martin
5+ Chiffchaff

Bewholme Hall in pm (GB)

3 Shelduck
4 Gadwall
19 Shoveler
2 Wigeon
11 Teal
2 Oystercatcher
Lesser Black-backed Gull
30+ Sand Martin
6 Swallow
2 Chiffchaff

15th April – KP/1st/2nd Field early am (GB)

Shelduck
“redhead” Goosander
Fieldfare
Lesser Whitethroat
4 Chiffchaff
3 Blackcap
2 Cetti’s Warbler
360+ Sand Martin
30+ House Martin
60+ Swallow

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

4 Grey Heron
4 Common Buzzard
7+ Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
No sign of Black-necked Grebe’s
12 Great-crested Grebe
14 Gadwall
11 Shoveler
4 Wigeon
Teal
180+ Tufted Duck
drk Long-tailed Duck
225+ Goldeneye
26 House Martin
4+ Chiffchaff
3 Blackcap
2 Cetti’s Warbler
2 Mistle Thrush

14th April – Grimston + Tunstall early am (TI)

2 Yellow Wagtail + Greenshank at Tunstall

Southside/Wassand Hide (GB)

3 Grey Heron
Little Egret on Swan Island
8+ Common Buzzard including 4 flying high NE
**10 Marsh Harrier including 2”cream-crown”flying high NE
2+ Sparrowhawk
2 Little Grebe
14 Great-crested Grebe
**5 Black-necked Grebe
3 Shelduck
24 Gadwall
6 Shoveler
4 Wigeon
4 Teal
210 Tufted Duck
drk Long-tailed Duck off Swan Island
230+ Goldeneye
210 Sand Martin
30+ House Martin
85+ Swallow
10+ Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
6+ Blackcap
Lesser Whitethroat
5+ Cetti’s Warbler
2 Sedge Warbler
2 Jay
Goldcrest
16 Linnet
14 Tree Sparrow
3 Yellowhammer

13th April – Southside early am (JC)

Whitethroat
2 Sedge Warbler
Wheatear in 1st field
No sign of Long-eared Owl
Brimstone over East end (TI)

Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (GB,BMJ,MF)

2 Grey Heron
6 Common Buzzard including 2 flying high NE
8 Marsh Harrier including “cream-crown flying high NE
2+ Sparrowhawk
10+ Great-crested Grebe
2 Little Grebe
12 Gadwall
4 Shoveler
4 Wigeon
5 Teal
Pochard
180+ Tufted Duck
drk Long-tailed Duck
296 Goldeneye
2 House Martin
4+ Chiffchaff
4+ Blackcap
2 Cetti’s Warbler
White Wagtail flew West
Treecreeper
2 Jay
2 Mistle Thrush

1st Field in pm

230+ Sand Martin
60+ Swallow
12 House Martin

Grimston day totals (TI)

2 Ring Ouzel
26+ Wheatear
Redstart
Black Redstart
good no’s phylloscs + Blackcap
Brambling
White Wagtail
Corn Bunting
4 Brent Goose heading west

Wheatear in 1st field - Jeff Cox

Wheatear in 1st field – Jeff Cox

12th April – 1st/2nd Field – early am and late morning (GB)

**Woodlark seen well in flight, calling overhead and heading WSW
6+ Chiffchaff
2 Willow Warbler
2 Blackcap
2 Long-tailed Tit
3 House Martin
Long-eared Owl again in 2nd field mid morning (JC)
2-3 Cetti’s Warbler from KP (TI)
2 Water Rail
Blackcap

11th April – 1st/2nd Field early evening-dusk (GB)

first–summer Little Gull off Swan Island
male Ring Ouzel
Long-eared Owl seen again in 2nd field late evening

1st/2nd Field/Heslop’s in am (MR,GB)

Long-eared Owl – 1 was inadvertently flushed from the 2nd field bank around 9am before dropping into cover and not relocated by 11:30
Little Egret at East end
1 Egyptian Goose off KP then flew south behind 2nd field to Southorpe
1 Yellow Wagtail north over 2nd field
1 Wheatear around 1st field
Blackcap
several Chiffchaff
2+ Willow Warbler
2+ Cetti’s Warbler

Egyptian Goose Southorpe Fields

Egyptian Goose Southorpe Fields

Grimston in am (TI)

Black Redstart
Marsh Harrier south
Wheatear
Canada Goose (a Grimston scarcity)

10th April – Southside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JC,GB,SB,DB)

4 Grey Heron + 2 flew out east early am (JC)
12 Great-crested Grebe
2 Little Grebe
42 Mute Swan
30 Greylag Goose
4 Common Buzzard
8 Marsh Harrier including a male and two “cream-crowns” flying high NE
Sparrowhawk
22 Gadwall
6 Shoveler
4 Wigeon
14 Teal
210+ Tufted Duck
drk Long-tailed Duck
235+ Goldeneye
drk Goosander
White Wagtail
2+ Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
2+ Blackcap
3 Cetti’s Warbler
260+ Wood Pigeon
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Jay
Siskin

1st Field

135+ Sand Martin
2 House Martin
35+ Swallow

Wren in Wassand - Jeff Cox

Wren in Wassand – Jeff Cox


Blackcap - Jeff Cox

Blackcap – Jeff Cox

9th April – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (GB,BMJ)

3+ Common Buzzard
5 Marsh Harrier – (2 males)
10 Great Crested Grebe
12 Gadwall
7 Shoveler
Teal
6 Wigeon
2 Pochard
180+ Tufted Duck
drk Long-tailed Duck
291+ Goldeneye
400+ Wood Pigeon
2 Mistle Thrush
2-3 drk Mandarin (RL et al)

1st Field/KP

Little Gull off Swan Island
House Martin
120+ Sand Martin
16 Swallow

8th April – 1st/2nd Field late aft (TM,MR)

110+ Sand Martin
20+ Swallow
2 Marsh Harrier
Common Buzzard
2+ Willow Warbler
Chiffchaff
Long-tailed Duck off 2nd field

7th April – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (GB)

12 Common Buzzard including 8 birds flying high NE
5 Marsh Harrier including a male flying high NE
12 Teal
6 Sand Martin
2 Chiffchaff
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Mistle Thrush

1st Field in pm

Little Egret on Swan Island
2 Mediterranean Gull flew E
8 Sand Martin
Swallow

5th April – Grimston early am (TI)

3 Little Egret

Cowden (JC)

several Chiffchaff
2 Barn Owl

Barn Owl at Cowden - Jeff Cox

Barn Owl at Cowden – Jeff Cox

4th April – 1st/2nd Field in aft (TM)

Yellow Wagtail
Long-tailed Duck
19 Sand Martin
4 Swallow

Sandwich Tern + Med Gull off Mappleton

1 Swallow at Rolston (TI)
20+ Sand Martin at Grimston
6+ Wheatear

2nd April – Wassand Hide 09:30-12:00 (MR,JC et al)

pair Garganey still in left hand corner
Long-tailed Duck
285 Goldeneye
180+ Tufted Duck inc a Tufted x Scaup type hybrid
8 Great-crested Grebe
8 Gadwall
2 Wigeon
2 Teal
2 Shoveler
4 Marsh Harrier
4 Siskin
2+ Cetti’s Warbler
3+ Chiffchaff

Long-tailed Duck and pals

Long-tailed Duck and pals


Tufted x Scaup type hybrid on rhs

Tufted x Scaup type hybrid on rhs

Grimston in pm (TI)

Swallow
14 Sand Martin
7 Chiffchaff
3 Wheatear
8 Common Buzzard

1st April – Southside/Wassand Hide 10:00-13:30 (MR,T&J)

1 Sand Martin over Mere
5+ Chiffchaff
4+ Cetti’s Warbler
pair Garganey still from Wassand Hide in left hand corner
Long-tailed Duck from Wassand Hide/also off 1st field early aft
15+ Great-crested Grebe
4+ Marsh Harrier
3+ Common Buzzard
Otter briefly from Hide 12:00
1w Med Gull over 2nd field/Southorpe
Little Egret at East end early aft

Great-crested Grebe, at least 6 pairs currently prospecting the Mere

Great-crested Grebe, at least 6 pairs currently prospecting the Mere

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