May Sightings

25th May – Southside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk/KP/Northside (JL,GB)

Grey Heron
3 Little Egret
2+ Marsh Harrier
Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
5+ Hobby
Barnacle Goose flew west
Little Grebe
8+ Great Crested Grebe
2 Shelduck
2 Wigeon
Pintail
22 Gadwall
3 Pochard
30+ Tufted Duck
90+ Black-headed Gull
2cy Iceland Gull
1st summer Little Gull flew east
Common Tern

24th May – KP/Northside (JL,GB)

Grey Heron
Little Egret
2 Wigeon
drk Pintail
22 Gadwall
40+ Tufted Duck
2 Oystercatcher
2cy Iceland Gull
90+ Black-headed Gull
2 Common Tern
2 Mistle Thrush
Jay

23rd May – KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (GB,BMJ,CNC,TI)

Grey Heron
8+ Common Buzzard
4+ Marsh Harrier
Red Kite flew south
Sparrowhawk
Hobby + 3 Hobby from KP (TI)
Kestrel
8 Great Crested Grebe
98 Mute Swan
3 Shelduck
20 Gadwall
drk Garganey from KP (TI)
45+ Tufted Duck
Wigeon
7 Pochard
130+ Black-headed Gull
2cy Iceland Gull at KP
3 Common Tern
4 Stock Dove
Green Woodpecker
Cuckoo
40+ Swift
3 Reed Warbler
3+ Cetti’s Warbler

Pied Wagtail around Kirkholme – Chris Cox


Common Buzzard over Wassand – Chris Cox


Iceland Gull still from Kirkholme – Chris Cox

22nd May – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB,BMJ)

Grey Heron
Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Hobby
2 Shelduck
2 Wigeon
drk Garganey off Swan Island
24 Gadwall
65+ Tufted Duck
6 Pochard
90+ Black-headed Gull
2cy Iceland Gull at KP
4 Common Tern
220+ Swift
Jay

21st May – KP/Southside/Northside/ (JL,GB)

2 Grey Heron
Little Egret
2 Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier
Red Kite flew south east
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
4 Shelduck
2 Wigeon
24 Gadwall
4 Pochard
Scaup
90+ Tufted Duck
2 Oystercatcher
Common Sandpiper
2 Whimbrel flew east
2cy Iceland Gull at KP
140+ Black-headed Gull
4 Common Tern
400+ Swift

20th May – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL,GB)

Grey Heron
6 Common Buzzard
4+ Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
3 Hobby
2 Shelduck
10 Great Crested Grebe
74 Mute Swan
2 Teal
2 Wigeon
3 Shoveler
26 Gadwall
5 Pochard
5 Scaup (3 drakes)
110+Tufted Duck
Common Sandpiper
2 Black-tailed Godwit flew east
Grey Plover flew east
145 Black-headed Gull
2cy Iceland Gull at KP
3 Common Tern
3 Cuckoo
4 Stock Dove
460+ Swift
Yellow Wagtail

19th May – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand (JL,GB,EJH,RL)

Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
2 Hobby
2 Shelduck
2 Teal
4 Wigeon
28 Gadwall
3 Pochard
5 Scaup (3 drakes)
104 Tufted Duck
Common Sandpiper
2 Oystercatcher
160 Black-headed Gull
2cy Iceland Gull
2 Common Tern
850+ Swift
620+ Sand Martin
1600+ House Martin
3000+ Swallow
White Wagtail
2 Yellow Wagtail
Jay
Mistle Thrush

18th May – KP/Southside/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL,GB,AE)

Grey Heron
6+ Common Buzzard
4+ Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrel
2 Hobby
3 Shelduck
2 Teal
Wigeon
3 Shoveler
26 Gadwall
48 Tufted Duck
3 Pochard
Common Sandpiper
90+ Black-headed Gull
2cy Iceland Gull at KP
8 Common Tern
2 Cuckoo
2 Green Woodpecker
5 Great Spotted Woodpecker
4 Stock Dove
Barn Owl
220+ Swift
70+ Sand Martin
60+ House Martin
40+ Swallow
6+ Cetti’s Warbler

17th May – KP/Southside/Northside (GB,JL)

Grey Heron
2 Common Sandpiper
2cy Iceland Gull at KP
160+ Black-headed Gull
850+ Swift
300+ Sand Martin
2000+ House Martin
1200+ Swallow

16th May – KP/Northside (GB)

2 Grey Heron
Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
2 Shelduck
Teal
Wigeon
25 Gadwall
58 Tufted Duck
8 Pochard
2 Common Sandpiper
2 Oystercatcher
110+ Black-headed Gull
2 Common Tern
220+ Swift

15th May – KP/Southside/Northside/Wassand (JL,GB,JC,AE)

Grey Heron
Osprey flew east at 07:30
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Hobby
Shelduck
2 Teal
Wigeon
24 Gadwall
46 Tufted Duck
5 Pochard
Whimbrel flew east
2 Common Sandpiper
2 Oystercatcher
2cy Iceland Gull at KP
160+ Black-headed Gull
2 Common Tern
760+ Swift
130+ Sand Martin
80+ House Martin
120+ Swallow

Iceland Gull off Kirkholme – Rich Willison


2cy Iceland Gull on Kirkholme – Rich Willison


Iceland Gull – Dicky Ticker


Iceland Gull – Rich Willison

14th May – KP/Southside/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL,GB,DB,SB,EJH et al)

Grey Heron
3 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
2 Hobby
90+ Greylag Goose
32 Canada Goose
26 Mute Swan
2 Shelduck
8 Great Crested Grebe
70+ Mallard
2 Teal
2 Shoveler
24 Gadwall
58 Tufted Duck
6 Pochard
60+Coot
2 Dunlin flew east
4 Common Sandpiper
2cy Iceland Gull at KP
140+ Black-headed Gull
2 Common Tern
Cuckoo
220+ Swift
120+ Sand Martin
70+ House Martin
60+ Swallow
2 Yellow Wagtail
2 Whitethroat
2 Lesser Whitethroat
6 Reed Warbler
5+ Cetti’s Warbler

Iceland Gull still present on Kirkholme today – Erich Hediger

13th May – KP/Southside/Northside (JL,GB)

Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Hobby
2 Shelduck
3 Teal
2 Shoveler
22+ Gadwall
60+ Tufted Duck
5 Pochard
2 Oystercatcher
2 Common Sandpiper
160+ Black-headed Gull
2cy Iceland Gull on KP
3 Common Tern
450+ Swift
120+ Sand Martin
20 House Martin
60+ Swallow

12th May – KP/Southside/Northside (JL,GB,JC)

Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
2 Hobby
6 Great Crested Grebe
2 Shelduck
2 Shoveler
27 Gadwall
65+ Tufted Duck
6 Pochard
8 Oystercatcher
4 Common Sandpiper
60+ Black-headed Gull
4+ Common Tern
Cuckoo
2 Stock Dove
220+ Swift
170+ Sand Martin
60+ House Martin
260+ Swallow
male Blue-headed Wagtail at KP then flew east
7 Pied Wagtail
6 Reed Warbler
2 Lesser Whitethroat
2 Whitethroat
5+ Cetti’s Warbler

Bewholme in pm (GB)

2 Oystercatcher
3 Little Ringed Plover
White Wagtail
Fieldfare
4 Mistle Thrush

11th May – KP/Southside/Northside/Wassand (JL,GB,NG,BMJ,AE)

2 Grey Heron
5 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
2 Hobby
2 Shelduck
8 Great Crested Grebe
drk Garganey
4 Teal
2 Shoveler
20+ Gadwall
8 Pochard
70+ Tufted Duck
5 Dunlin flew east
5+ Common Sandpiper
2cy Iceland Gull at KP
170+ Black-headed Gull
3 Common Tern
520+ Swift
120+ Sand Martin
40+ House Martin
60+ Swallow
Wheatear
5 Reed Warbler
2 Whitethroat
2 Lesser Whitethroat
6+ Cetti’s Warbler

10th May – Hornsea South cliffs (JC)

3 Wheatear
2 Whinchat
5 Skylark
11 Meadow Pipit
2 Whitethroat
3 Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler – Jeff Cox


Whinchat at South Cliffs – Jeff Cox

Wheatear – Jeff Cox

KP/Southside/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (GB,JC,AE)

2 Grey Heron
7 Common Buzzard
5 Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
2 Shelduck
8 Great Crested Grebe
4 Teal
26 Gadwall
70+ Tufted Duck
8 Pochard
Whimbrel flew east
4 Common Sandpiper
2cy Iceland Gull around KP/flew east
Common Tern
4 Stock Dove
Kingfisher
Green Woodpecker
220+ Swift
160+ Sand Martin
70+ House Martin
240+ Swallow
White Wagtail
Blackcap
2 Lesser Whitethroat
2 Whitethroat
4 Reed Warbler
6+ Cetti’s Warbler
Treecreeper
6 Reed Bunting
Brimstone, 3 Speckled Wood, 4 Large White, Small White, 2 Green-veined
White, Small Tortoiseshell and 4 Orange Tip butterflies

Fox round the Southside of Mere – Jeff Cox


Iceland Gull again on Kirkholme – Jeff Cox


Long-tailed Tit – Jeff Cox

9th May – KP/Southside/Northside (GB,NG,AE)

Grey Heron
Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
2 Shelduck
8 Teal
24 Gadwall
80+ Tufted Duck
4 Pochard
prob Tufted x Scaup type hybrid
5 Common Sandpiper
160+ Black-headed Gull
2 Common Tern
Black Tern
2 Stock Dove
650+ Swift
450+ Sand Martin
70+ House Martin
550+ Swallow
7 Pied Wagtail
3 Reed Warbler
2 Lesser Whitethroat
2 Whitethroat
5+ Cetti’s Warbler

Black Tern off Kirkholme – Nigel Genn


Black Tern off Kirkholme – Nigel Genn


probable Tufted x Scaup type hybrid from KP – Nigel Genn


probable Tufted x Scaup type hybrid from KP – Nigel Genn


White Wagtail – Nigel Genn


Iceland Gull – Nigel Genn

probable Tufted x Scaup type hybrid from KP – Nigel Genn

8th May – KP/Southside/Northside (JL,GB,JC,AE)

2 Grey Heron
Little Egret
2 Common Buzzard
2+ Marsh Harrier
3 Shelduck
6 Great Crested Grebe
12 Teal
26 Gadwall
Wigeon
130+ Tufted Duck
6 Pochard
4 Whimbrel flew east
4 Common Sandpiper
2cy Iceland Gull at KP
6 Common Tern including 5 flying east
5 “Commic” Tern flew east
1300+ Swift
700+ Sand Martin
60+ House Martin
600+ Swallow
Wheatear
Yellow Wagtail
2 Reed Warbler
2 Whitethroat
Lesser Whitethroat
4+ Cetti’s Warbler

Iceland Gull on Kirkholme – Jeff Cox



Lapwing – Jeff Cox


Swallows over the Southside – Jeff Cox

7th May – KP/Southside/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (GG,JL,GB,BMJ)

Grey Heron
9 Common Buzzard including three flying high north east
4 Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrel
2 Hobby
4 Shelduck
14+ Teal
Wigeon
2 Shoveler
28 Gadwall
90+ Tufted Duck
4+ Common Sandpiper
2 Redshank flew east
2cy Iceland Gull at KP early/late aft
12 Common Tern including 10 flying east
650+ Swift
800+ Sand Martin
120+ House Martin
400+ Swallow
2 Reed Warbler
5+ Cetti’s Warbler

6th May – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB,JC)

Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
4 Shelduck
8 Teal
26 Gadall
90+ Tufted Duck
Greenshank flew east
Redshank on Swan Island spit
3 Oystercatcher
7+ Common Sandpiper
9 Common Tern including 7 flying east
85+ Swift
400+ Sand Martin
60+ House Martin
220+ Swallow
Yellow Wagtail
Reed Warbler
4 Cetti’s Warbler

5th May – Southorpe/KP/Northside (JL,GB)

Gannet over Swan Island flew east at 06:15
Grey Heron
4 Common Buzzard
4+ Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Hobby
3 Shelduck
4 Great Crested Grebe
14 Teal
Wigeon
24 Gadwall
100+ Tufted Duck
3 Pochard
Whimbrel flew north
4 Common Sandpiper
120 Black-headed Gull
9 Common Tern flew east
2 Arctic Tern flew east
110+ Swift
220+ Sand Martin
30+ House Martin
50+ Swallow

Bewholme in pm (GB)

6 Shelduck
12 Teal
2 Shoveler
2 Oystercatcher
male Ring Ouzel
Mistle Thrush
White Wagtail
20+ Swallow

Common Sand showing from Kirkholme – Alan Elkin

4th May – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JC,JL,GB,BMJ)

Little Egret
2 Grey Heron
6 Common Buzzard including three flying high north-east
4 Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrel
4 Shelduck
7 Great Crested Grebe
12 Teal
Wigeon
2 Shoveler
28 Gadwall
110+ Tufted Duck
Pochard
drk Mandarin
2 Redshank flew east
Greenshank on Swan Island spit
4 Common Sandpiper
5 Common Tern including two flying east
Cuckoo
32 Swift
40+ Sand Martin
20+ House Martin
60+ Swallow
Treecreeper
2 Lesser Whitethroat
Whitethroat
Blackcap and Chiffchaff well established
Bullfinch

Lapwing with chick at the Mere – Jeff Cox

3rd May – KP/Southorpe/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (GB,JC,AE)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
4 Shelduck
16 Teal
28 Gadwall
Wigeon
140+Tufted Duck
8 Pochard
6 Common Sandpiper
5 Common Tern
125+ Black-headed Gull
2 Cuckoo
220+ Sand Martin
40+ House Martin
160+ Swallow
2 Reed Warbler
Sedge Warbler well established
2 Lesser Whitethroat
Whitethroat
6+ Cetti’s Warbler

2nd May – KP/Southorpe/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (GB,BMJ,AE,ML)

Grey Heron
4 Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier including 2 cream-crowns flying high north-east
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Hobby
32 Mute Swan
4 Shelduck
8 Great Crested Grebe
18 Teal
Wigeon
24 Gadwall
6 Pochard
136 Tufted Duck
52 Coot
2 Avocet in off flew towards Swan Island and feeding there later
Whimbrel flew east
2+ Common Sandpiper
Dunlin flew east
Common Tern
3 “Commic”Tern flew east
5 Black Tern hawking briefly then flew east
2 Yellow Wagtail
18 Swift
600+ Sand Martin
40+ House Martin
550+ Swallow

Bewholme in pm (GB)

4 Shelduck
8 Teal
2 Shoveler
Little Ringed Plover
Common Sandpiper
Lesser Black-backed Gull
30+ Sand Martin
40+ Swallow

Common Sandpiper around Kirkholme – Alan Elkin

1st May – Southside/Kirkholme Point (GB,JL)

3 Grey Heron in off flew west
Fulmar “blogging” above Swan Island
3 Common Buzzard including one in off and heading north
2 Marsh Harrier
Osprey flew north over Swan Island (09:20)
Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrel
Hobby in off flew west
4 Shelduck
12 Teal
24 Gadwall
8 Pochard
110+ Tufted Duck
10 Bar-tailed Godwit flew east
Redshank flew east
2 Ringed Plover flew east
6 Common Sandpiper
105 Black-headed Gull
13 Arctic Tern flew east
Black Tern flew east
White Wagtail
Lesser Whitethroat singing
Roe Deer swimming near KP making for north bank

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