Monthly Archives: March 2017

March Sightings

31st March – KP/Northside/Southorpe/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (JL)(GB)(JC)

4 Grey Heron
Bittern at Southorpe flew west
9+ Common Buzzard including three birds flying high to north east
11+ Marsh Harrier (4 males) including 3 cream-crowns heading high to north east
Red Kite over Wassand Woods heading south west at 09:25
Osprey soaring above Wassand Woods before thermalling high and heading west at 11:05
Shelduck
6 Great Crested Grebe
14 Teal
10 Shoveler
38 Gadwall
2 Wigeon
180+ Tufted Duck
6 Pochard
2 Scaup
160+ Goldeneye
2 Long-tailed Duck
Green Woodpecker
30+ Sand Martin
45+ Redwing
6 Bullfinch
Blackcap calling
14 Chiffchaff calling
8 Cetti’s Warbler calling

30th March – Southorpe/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (JL)

2 Little Egret
Little Grebe
Shelduck
5 Teal
2 Shoveler
44 Gadwall
2 Scaup
2 Long-tailed Duck
35+ Golden Plover flew west
juv Glaucous Gull off Swan Island
28 Redwing
11 Chiffchaff calling
6 Cetti’s Warbler calling
Bullfinch
Otter from Wassand Hide

Southorpe/Wassand Hide in pm (GB)

4 Grey Heron
5+ Common Buzzard including one in off flying west
6+ Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
180+ Tufted Duck
6 Pochard
Scaup
190+ Goldeneye
54 Sand Martin
3 Yellowhammer
Otter near Wassand Hide

29th March – Seaton Road hide late am (EJH,RL,ML)

2 Long-tailed Duck

Wassand Hide in afternoon (EJH,RL,ML,JC,SC)

♂ Garganey
2 ♀ Scaup
2+ singing Cetti’s Warbler
3 Chiffchaff
14 Sand Martin
3 Marsh Harriers
3 Otters
♀ Scaup off Southside early aft

3 Otter’s from Wassand Hide – Jeff Cox

3 Otter’s from Wassand Hide – Jeff Cox

KP/Northside/Southorpe/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (JL,GB)

4 Grey Heron
2+ Common Buzzard
4+ Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
4 White-fronted Goose
14 Teal
2 Shoveler
35+ Gadwall
190+ Tufted Duck
2 Pochard
Scaup
160+ Goldeneye
Long-tailed Duck
3cy Glaucous Gull flew east
6 Sand Martin flew west
Treecreeper
Goldcrest
9 Redwing
9+ Chiffchaff
7+ Cetti’s Warbler

28th March – KP/Southorpe/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (JL,GB)

4 Grey Heron
Bittern,seen initially near Wassand Hide and later along the north edge of reeds at Brockholme
Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier
Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
6 Teal
22 Gadwall
Pochard
Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
2 Water Rail calling
8 Great Spotted Woodpecker including 5 drumming
Treecreeper
10+ Redwing
3 Mistle Thrush
4 Song Thrush
15+ Blackbird
13 Chiffchaff calling
9 Cetti’s Warbler calling
2 Otter sighted off Southorpe

27th March – Southorpe/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (JL)

3+ Marsh Harrier
2 Peregrine
2 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
3 Teal
Wigeon
20 Gadwall
Scaup
2 Long-tailed Duck
Green Woodpecker
12 Chiffchaff calling
5+ Cetti’s Warbler calling
160+ Linnet
Otter near the hide

26th March – KP/Southorpe/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (JL,GB,BMJ)

4 Grey Heron
6+ Marsh Harrier
9+ Buzzard including one heading high to east
Goshawk flew south
3 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
48 Greylag Goose
30+ Canada Goose
3 Great Crested Grebe
4 Teal
Wigeon
19 Gadwall
330+ Tufted Duck
3 Scaup
300+ Goldeneye
2 Long-tailed Duck
Common Snipe
Woodcock
2 Stock Dove
Redwing
11 Chiffchaff calling
8 Cetti’s Warbler calling
80+ Linnet
2 Bullfinch
2 Yellowhammer

25th March – Southside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am + pm (JL,EJH,RL,ML)

4 Grey Heron
Common Buzzard
8+ Marsh Harrier including 4 cream-crowns flying high to north
2 Sparrowhawk
Water Rail calling
2+ Great Crested Grebe
2 Teal
2 Shoveler
7 Gadwall
310+ Tufted Duck
6 Scaup (2♂,4♀)
330+ Goldeneye
2 Long-tailed Duck (1♂,1♀)
Green Woodpecker calling
14 Chiffchaff calling
6 Cetti’s Warbler calling
1+ Otter, sightings at Wassand Hide and Swan Island

24th March – Seaton Road hide late aft (EJH,RL) + Southside in am (JL)

5 Scaup
2 Long-tailed Duck
Black-necked Grebe
2 Shelduck

pair Scaup on the Mere – Erich Hediger

23rd March – KP/Southorpe/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (JL,GB)

6 Marsh Harrier
5+ Common Buzzard
3 Sparrowhawk
11 Pink-footed Goose flew north
2 Teal
15 Gadwall
6 Shoveler
210+Tufted Duck
4 Pochard
6 Scaup
2 Long-tailed Duck
130+ Goldeneye
2 Oystercatcher
juvenile Glaucous Gull flew east
2 Treecreeper
2 Skylark
Fieldfare
11 Siskin
2 Linnet
2 Bullfinch
8 Chiffchaff
6+ Cetti’s Warbler, one showing well near the Hide
Mink at Kirkholme Point

22nd March – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk/Southorpe in am (JL,BMJ)

2+ Marsh Harrier
4 Common Buzzard
Shelduck
6 Scaup
2 Long-tailed Duck
160+ Goldeneye
Green Woodpecker calling
6 Chiffchaff
5 Cetti’s Warbler

Southside in pm (GB,BMJ,LB)

Black-necked Grebe
6 Scaup (3 drks)
2 Chiffchaff
2+ Cetti’s Warbler

21st March – Southorpe/KP/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am and pm (GB,MF,JL)

4+ Marsh Harrier
4 Common Buzzard
3 Sparrowhawk
4 Teal
16 Gadwall
4 Wigeon
200+Tufted Duck
5 Scaup
170+ Goldeneye
Long-tailed Duck
2 Oystercatcher
Woodcock
Sand Martin flew west
15 Redwing
3 Mistle Thrush
8+ Chiffchaff
6+ Cetti’s Warbler
Crossbill at Wassand

20th March – Southorpe/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am and pm (JL,GB)

4+ Marsh Harrier
4 Common Buzzard
2 Sparrowhawk
20 Whooper Swan flew north
4 Pink-footed Goose flew north
5 Great Crested Grebe
2 Teal
14 Gadwall
3 Wigeon
190+ Tufted Duck
6 Scaup
150+ Goldeneye
2 Long-tailed Duck
2 Oystercatcher
Snipe
GreenWoodpecker calling
Redwing
7+ Chiffhaff
6+ Cetti’s Warbler
Otter
8 Roe Deer

19th March – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk/Southorpe in am (JL)

3 Marsh Harrier (2 males)
Shelduck
3 Wigeon
5 Scaup (2 males)
155 Goldeneye
2 Long-tailed Duck
Green Woodpecker
7 Chiffchaff
5 Cetti’s Warbler

18th March – Southorpe/KP/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (GB/JL)

6 Grey Heron
4+ Marsh Harrier (2 males)
24 Gadwall
12 Wigeon
4 Shoveler
4 Pochard
300+ Tufted Duck
6 Scaup (2 males)
220+ Goldeneye
2 Long-tailed Duck
4 Meadow Pipit
Green Woodpecker
2 Goldcrest
8 Chiffchaff
5+ Cetti’s Warbler

17th March – Southorpe/KP/Northside in am and early pm (JL,LB,GB,BMJ)

Marsh Harrier
Shelduck
52 Whooper Swans including 10 juveniles (4,4,and 2) arrived at 09:50
4 Pochard
3 Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
160+Goldeneye

16th March – Southorpe/KP/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (JL,GB)

6 Grey Heron
Little Egret
Red Kite at Wassand
5+ Common Buzzard
4+ Marsh Harrier
3 Sparrowhawk
6 Great Crested Grebe
25 Whooper Swan flew north-west
80+ Greylag Goose
24 Canada Goose
70+ Mallard
24 Gadwall
23 Shoveler
11 Teal
24 Wigeon
160+ Tufted Duck
6 Scaup, 2 males
160+ Goldeneye
2 Long-tailed Duck
Treecreeper
Green Woodpecker calling
7 Great Spotted Woodpecker mainly drumming
2 Mistle Thrush
4+ Song Thrush
10 Redwing
16 Fieldfare
22 Blackbird
8+ Chiffchaff
Long-tailed Tit
2 Bullfinch
6+ Cetti’s Warbler calling and 1 seen near Wassand Hide

15th March – Southorpe/KP/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (JC,JL,GB,MF et al)

6 Grey Heron
7 Common Buzzard
3+ Marsh Harrier
3 Sparrowhawk
83 Greylag Goose
24 Canada Goose
7 Great Crested Grebe
16 Gadwall
140+Wigeon
10 Shoveler
4 Teal
11 Pochard
180+ Tufted Duck
5 Scaup
210+ Goldeneye
2 Long-tailed Duck
Snipe
4 Woodcock
2 Swallow flew west
Green Woodpecker calling
Treecreeper
Goldcrest
2 Mistle Thrush
5 Redwing
Long-tailed Tit
2 Chiffchaff
8 Cetti’s Warbler calling
2 Brown Hare
4 Roe Deer

drk Scaup – Michael Flowers


pair Scaup – Michael Flowers


drk Scaup – Michael Flowers


Goldeneye – Aileen Urquhart


Red Admiral in Wassand – Aileen Urquhart


Red Admiral in Wassand – Aileen Urquhart

14th March – Southorpe/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (JL,GB,AE)

6 Grey Heron
5 Common Buzzard
4+ Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
6 Great Crested Grebe
3 Black-necked Grebe, 2 in summer plumage
55 Grey Lag Goose
12 Canada Goose
18 Mute Swan
2 Shelduck
4 Shoveler
22 Gadwall
295+ Tufted Duck including 110 departing high to east
2 drake Scaup
7 Pochard
210 Goldeneye
3 Long-tailed Duck
3 Oystercatcher
Woodcock
Barn Owl
Green Woodpecker
6+ Great Spotted Woodpecker mainly drumming
Sand Martin flew west
4 Chiffchaff
5 Cetti’s Warbler calling

13th March – Wassand Hide/Kirkholme Point in am (JL)

6 Grey Heron
Litttle Egret
2+ Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (2 males)
2 Sparrowhawk
Peregrine
6 Great Crested Grebe
drake Goosander
2 drake Scaup
4 Cetti’s Warbler

nearby at Sandsfield GP’s a juv Iceland Gull (JL)

12th March – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk/Southorpe in am (JL)

2 Marsh Harrier
3 Scaup
2 Long-tailed Duck
7 Great Spotted Woodpecker mainly drumming
3 Cetti’s Warbler calling

11th March – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk/Southorpe in am (AE,JL)

2 Marsh Harrier
Brent Goose KP/Swan Island before departing east
230 Tufted Duck
3 Scaup inc 2 drakes
200 Goldeneye
2 Long-tailed Duck
2 Lesser Black-backed Gull
Barn Owl
Green Woodpecker
6 Cetti’s Warbler calling

nearby at Sandsfield GP’s a juv Iceland Gull (JL)

South Beach Hornsea in am 2nd winter Glaucous Gull flew South (GB)

Brent Goose on KP, a scarcity at the Mere – Alan Elkin

10th March – KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Southorpe in am (GB,JL)

4 Grey Heron
6 Common Buzzard including one in off the sea
4+ Marsh Harrier (2 males)
Sparrowhawk
8 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
34 Greylag Goose
36 Gadwall
Shoveler
28 Wigeon
6 Pochard
320+ Tufted Duck
2 Scaup (1 drake)
235+ Goldeneye
Green Woodpecker
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Treecreeper
4 Siskin
2 Mistle Thrush
5 Song Thrush
30+ Blackbird
5+ Cetti’s Warbler
Otter near Wassand Hide

juv Glaucous Gull on Hornsea seafront (JD)
nearby at Sandsfield a juv Iceland Gull (JL)

juv Glaucous Gull on Hornsea seafront – Jeni Davies

9th March – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk/Southorpe in am (JL)

3 Marsh Harrier
Peregrine
5 Great Crested Grebe
Shelduck
2 Long-tailed Duck
2 Dunlin
Woodcock
Kingfisher
3 Cetti’s Warbler calling

8th March – Kirkholme Point early am (TI)

4 Cetti’s Warbler
Rock Pipit

Southorpe/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (JL)

4 Grey Heron
Little Egret
3 Marsh Harrier
Shelduck
4 Great Crested Grebe
6 Teal
Shoveler
12 Wigeon
Scaup
210 Goldeneye
2 Long-tailed Duck
juv Glaucous Gull flew west
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Green Woodpecker
Treecreeper
5 Cetti’s Warbler calling

7th March – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (JL)

2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
Barnacle Goose
3 Great Crested Grebe
female Scaup
2 Long-tailed Duck
Green Woodpecker

6th March – Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk/Southorpe in am (GB,SP,JL)

3 Grey Heron
2+ Marsh Harrier
2 Great Crested Grebe
female Scaup
2 Long-tailed Duck
Treecreeper
Green Woodpecker
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker + 4 drumming
2 Mistle Thrush
5 Song Thrush
2 Redwing
30+ Blackbird
12 Siskin
4+ Cetti’s Warbler calling

juv Iceland Gull at nearby Dacre Lakes 1st,3rd,5th and 6th March (JL)

5th March – Southside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (JC,JL,GB,BMJ)

4 Grey Heron
4+ Common Buzzard
5 Marsh Harrier (2 males)
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
138 Common Gull around Heslop’s
42 Greylag Goose
2 Great Crested Grebe (courtship display)
17 Teal
6 Shoveler
42 Gadwall
11 Pochard
285+ Tufted Duck
female Scaup
305+ Goldeneye
2 Long-tailed Duck
6 Lapwing
4 Skylark
Green Woodpecker
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming
Treecreeper
2 Stock Dove
14+ Redwing
20+ Blackbird
5+ Cetti’s Warbler calling

Common Gulls around Heslop's - Jeff Cox

Common Gulls around Heslop’s – Jeff Cox


Common Buzzard and Marsh Harrier - Jeff Cox

Common Buzzard and Marsh Harrier – Jeff Cox


Goldeneye - Jeff Cox

Goldeneye – Jeff Cox

4th March – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk in am (JL)

2+ Marsh Harrier
3 Shoveler
Goldcrest
3 Cetti’s Warbler calling

Kirkholme Point in am (JL)

Sparrowhawk
60 Wigeon
2 Long-tailed Duck
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Cetti’s Warbler

3rd March – KP/Northside in am (GB)

2 Grey Heron
2 Shoveler
4 Teal
42 Gadwall
165 Tufted Duck
284 Goldeneye
2 Oystercatcher
adult Mediterranean Gull in summer plumage
3 Song Thrush
3 Cetti’s Warbler calling

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

3 Grey Heron
3+ Marsh Harrier
24 Barnacle Goose flew South
26 Tufted Duck
22 Goldeneye
Treecreeper
Great Spotted Woodpecker + 4 drumming
Green Woodpecker calling
26 Redwing
4 Song Thrush
2 Mistle Thrush
30+ Siskin
4+ Cetti’s Warbler calling

2nd March – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk/Southorpe in am (JL)

4 Grey Heron
Common Buzzard
2+ Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
38 Gadwall
222 Goldeneye
2 Long-tailed Duck
23 Lapwing flew west
4 Stock Dove
Green Woodpecker
4 Cetti’s Warbler calling

1st March – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk/Southorpe in am (JL)

5 Grey Heron
2 Great Crested Grebe
2 Teal
2 Shoveler
30 Gadwall
200+ Tufted Duck
19 Pochard
240+ Goldeneye
2 Long-tailed Duck
Barn Owl
2 Stock Dove
Green Woodpecker
5+ Cetti’s Warbler calling

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