Monthly Archives: February 2018

February Sightings

28th February – Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL)

2 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
Sparrowhawk
Ringed Plover flew east
2 Snipe flew east, 1+ Snipe Stream Dike (JC)
6 Stock Dove
8 Redwing
30 Blackbird

27th February – Catwick/Sandsfield Tip area early aft (RL,ML)

juv Glaucous Gull

Glaucous Gull over Sandsfield area – Roy Lyon


Glaucous Gull over Sandsfield area – Roy Lyon

Southside/KP/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JC,RL,ML,JL,LB,GB)

2 Grey Heron
3 Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
2 White-fronted Goose
2 Tundra Bean Goose
Pink-footed Goose
Shelduck
7 Shoveler
365+ Teal
Long-tailed Duck
220 Goldeneye
Woodcock at Wassand
6+ Siskin
6+ Goldfinch

2cy Mute Swan from the Mere – Roy Lyon


Kestrel – Roy Lyon


Siskin and Goldfinch at the Mere – Roy Lyon

26th February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JC,JL,GB,LB)

3 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
2 Oystercatcher
2 White-fronted Goose
2 Tundra Bean Goose
96 Greylag Goose
32 Canada Goose
90+ Barnacle Goose
2 Shelduck
180+ Gadwall
220+ Teal
160+ Wigeon
90 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
230 Goldeneye
760 Wood Pigeon
Barn Owl
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
10+ Siskin

Oystercatchers on KP – Jeff Cox


Oyc in flight – Jeff Cox

25th February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JF,JC,JL,GB,LB,BMJ)

3+ Grey Heron
3 Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
Sparrowhawk
2 White-fronted Goose
2 Tundra Bean Goose
95+ Greylag Goose
2 Canada Goose
120+ Barnacle Goose
30 Teal
Long-tailed Duck
300+ Goldeneye
Barn Owl
2 Stock Dove
6 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Grey Wagtail
2 Redwing
2 Cetti’s Warbler
5 Long-tailed Tit
Nuthatch singing near the Bridge over the Dyke along Woodland Walk
Jay
2 Bullfinch
Otter from Wassand Hide

Nuthatch, a scarce bird in East Yorkshire especially near the coast, and a great addition to anyone’s Mere List – Jeff Cox


Nuthatch in Wassand – Jeff Cox


Tundra Bean Goose – Jeff Cox


male Bullfinch – Jeff Cox


Barn Owl around the Mere – Jeff Cox


Otter from Wassand Hide – Jeff Cox


Great Spotted Woodpecker – Jeff Cox


Pecker’s, Tit’s and Fat Balls in Wassand – Justin Foradip

24th February – Southside/KP/Northside (RL,ML,JL,GB,JC,BMJ,LB)

3 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Peregrine
2 White-fronted Goose
2 Tundra Bean Goose
104 Greylag Goose
32 Canada Goose
120+ Barnacle Goose
180+ Gadwall
45 Teal
115 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
230 Goldeneye
180 Lapwing flew west
Ringed Plover flew west
Barn Owl
Grey Wagtail
Stonechat

Tundra Bean Geese and Greylag – Roy Lyon

Tundra Bean Geese off 1st Field – Roy Lyon


White-fronts on the Mere – Roy Lyon


White-fronted Geese off 1st Field – Roy Lyon


Tundra Bean Geese and White-fronts on the Mere – Roy Lyon


part of the Goose flock over the Mere – Roy Lyon

23rd February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL,GB,BMJ)

3 Grey Heron
4 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Peregrine
3 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
Shelduck
125+ Wigeon
231 Teal
185 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
230+ Goldeneye
Barn Owl
Great Spotted Woodpecker

22nd February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL,GB,BMJ)

3 Grey Heron
4 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Peregrine
3 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
Shelduck
125+ Wigeon
231 Teal
185 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
230+ Goldeneye
Barn Owl
Great Spotted Woodpecker

21st February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (AW,JC,JL,GB,RL)

3+ Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
3 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
2 Tundra Bean Goose landed near Swan Island, departing at 09:00
4 Pink-footed Goose flew north
121 Barnacle Goose
Shelduck
2 Pintail
3 Shoveler
175+ Teal
95 Wigeon
260+ Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
220 Goldeneye
46 Lapwing flew west
20 Golden Plover flew west
1400+ Wood Pigeon
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Stonechat
2 Mistle Thrush
4 Song Thrush
14 Redwing
25+ Blackbird
3 Cetti’s Warbler
Jay

Coot from Wassand Hide – Jeff Cox


Little Grebe from Wassand Hide – Roy Lyon


Little Grebe from Wassand Hide – Roy Lyon

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

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
Sparrowhawk
Peregrine
Kestrel
4 Great Crested Grebe
2 White-fronted Goose
74 Greylag Goose
4 Pink-footed Goose
14 Canada Goose
210+ Barnacle Goose
305 Gadwall
94 Wigeon
325+ Teal
215 Pochard
360+Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
280+ Goldeneye
70 Lapwing flew west
2 Oystercatcher
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
68 Redwing at Wassand
4 Fieldfare at Wassand
2 Stonechat

19th February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL,GB,ML,RL)

3 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Sparrowhawk
4 Great Crested Grebe
2 Little Grebe
240+ Gadwall
148 Wigeon
250+ Teal
190+ Pochard
1100+ Wood Pigeon
2 Stonechat
Otter off Wassand Hide

18th February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL,JC,GB,BMJ)

4 Grey Heron
6+ Common Buzzard
6+ Marsh Harrier (2 males)
2 Sparrowhawk
5 Great Crested Grebe
8 Whooper Swan flew north
39 Mute Swan
2 1w White-fronted Goose with Greylag flock
140+ Greylag Goose
67 Canada Goose
122 Barnacle Goose
220 Mallard
285 Gadwall
2 Shoveler
350+ Wigeon
280+ Teal
260 Pochard
560+ Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
485 Goldeneye
410 Coot
12 Lapwing on Southside, 44 Lapwing flew west
2 Oystercatcher
Barn Owl
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Stonechat
44 Redwing
7 Fieldfare
30+ Blackbird
2 Cetti’s Warbler
Jay
2 Yellowhammer singing
2 Skylark singing
3 Roe Deer
Otter from Wassand Hide

17th February – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,JC,GB,BMJ)

3+ Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
3 Great Crested Grebe
ad Whooper Swan flew south
13 Pink-footed Goose flew west
380+ Wigeon
260+ Teal
240+ Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
340+ Goldeneye
drk Goosander flew east
120 Lapwing flew west
Barn Owl
Grey Wagtail
2 Stonechat

16th February – Catwick/Sandsfield Tip area (ML,RL)

juv Glaucous Gull + Caspian Gull

Hornsea Mere – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB,ML,RL)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2+ Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
3 Great Crested Grebe
2 Whooper Swan off Swan Island
9 Pink-footed Goose flew west
240+ Gadwall
82 Wigeon
56 Teal
144 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
210+ Goldeneye
2 Stonechat
*of interest the Finnish rung Black-headed Gull from 4th Feb, was present again.
The ring appears to read ST 259 525 (RL et al)

Whooper Swans on the Mere this afternoon – Roy Lyon


Whooper Swans on the Mere – Martin Lonsdale


Finnish Black-headed Gull on KP – Roy Lyon

15th February – Catwick/Sandsfield Tip area (JL)

juv Glaucous Gull in field approx 400m NW of Sandsfield entrance late morning

Southside/KP (JL,GB)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Great Crested Grebe
94 Greylag Goose
12 Canada Goose
120 Barnacle Goose
60+ Wigeon
2 Shoveler
144 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
220+ Goldeneye
Lapwing flew west
Grey Wagtail
2 Stonechat

14th February – 1st Field/KP (JL,GB)

2 Grey Heron
2 Marsh Harrier
210+ Gadwall
145 Pochard
205 Goldeneye
3 Lapwing flew west
Dunlin flew west
Lesser Black-backed Gull flew west
2 Stonechat

13th February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide (JL,JC,GB,BMJ)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2+ Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
90+ Greylag Goose
120 Barnacle Goose
2 Shoveler
145 Wigeon
7 Teal
170+ Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
210+ Goldeneye
95 Lapwing flew west
2 Oystercatcher
Grey Wagtail
2 Stonechat

12th February – Southside/KP/Northside (MR,JC,KS,JL,GB)

Little Egret
3+ Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
84 Greylag Goose
4 Canada Goose
120+ Barnacle Goose
220+ Gadwall
2 Shoveler
48 Wigeon
97 Teal
174 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
215 Goldeneye
2 Oystercatcher
80+ Lapwing
Grey Wagtail
2 Stonechat
2 Green Woodpecker
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Jay

Signs of spring on KP, pair of Oyc’s back today


Herring Gull with nesting material on KP


Stonechat in 1st Field – Jeff Cox


Stonechat in 1st Field – Jeff Cox


Song Thrush – Jeff Cox


Oyc’s over the Mere – Jeff Cox

11th February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (GB,BMJ,JL,LB,RL et al)

Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
3+ Marsh Harrier (1 male)
2 Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrel
Peregrine
94 Greylag Goose
9 Pink-footed Goose flew north-west
32 Canada Goose
120+ Barnacle Goose
230+ Gadwall
4 Shoveler
250+ Teal
74 Wigeon
220+ Pochard
360+ Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
295 Goldeneye
Barn Owl
2 Stonechat

2cy Black-headed Gull on KP with Danish origins (VA3 321) – Roy Lyon

10th February – Southside/KP (JL,GB,LB)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
Peregrine
220+ Gadwall
64 Wigeon
160+ Teal
Long-tailed Duck
140+ Goldeneye
Barn Owl
Grey Wagtail
2 Stonechat

9th February – Northside/Southside (JL,LB)

Marsh Harrier
Peregrine
Kestrel
169 Teal
2 Shoveler
97 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
Barn Owl
3 Stonechat

8th February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JC,JL,LB,GB,BMJ,RL et al)

Great White Egret briefly from Wassand Hide, flew south-east at 10:33
2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
5 Marsh Harrier (2 males)
Sparrowhawk
Peregrine
Kestrel
5 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
95 Greylag Goose
58 Canada Goose
200+ Barnacle Goose
245 Gadwall
420+ Teal
86 Wigeon
2 Shoveler
140+ Pochard
480+ Tufted Duck
fem Common Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
308+ Goldeneye
560+ Coot
600+ Wood Pigeon
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Mistle Thrush
3 Stonechat (1 male)
32 Linnet
16 Reed Bunting
7 Tree Sparrow
Jay
1 Bearded Tit

just in for a dip, an all too brief (36 seconds) Great White Egret – Jeff Cox


Great White Egret – Jeff Cox


Great White Egret – Jeff Cox


Common Scoter on the Mere – Roy Lyon


Common Scoter on the Mere – Roy Lyon

7th February – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB,MI)

2 Grey Heron
Glossy Ibis flew west over Swan Island at 16:23
2 Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
Peregrine
4 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
94 Greylag Goose
120+ Barnacle Goose
Pintail
322 Teal
104 Wigeon
Long-tailed Duck
210 Goldeneye
juv Glaucous Gull briefly landed near Swan Island in am then flew west
2 Barn Owl
29 Fieldfare flew west
Grey Wagtail

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

Grey Heron
Common Buzzard
Peregrine
3 Great Crested Grebe
Shelduck
214 Gadwall
335 Teal
2 Shoveler
22 Wigeon
126 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
195 Goldeneye
Grey Wagtail

5th February – Catwick/Sandsfield Tip area (JL)

juv Glaucous Gull in field west of Sandsfield Tip in afternoon

distant juv Glaucous Gull – Roy Lyon

Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand (JC,MR,JL,GB,RL et al)

Grey Heron
Common Buzzard
2+ Marsh harrier
Sparrowhawk
3 Great Crested Grebe
120 Barnacle Goose
Shelduck
260+ Gadwall
2 Shoveler
64 Teal
44 Wigeon
134 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
210 Goldeneye
220 Lapwing near Heslops
Golden Plover flew west
Snipe at KP
Barn Owl
2 Cetti’s Warbler
20+ Redwing
2 Fieldfare
Mistle Thrush

Roe Deer on the Southside – Jeff Cox


Roe Deer on the Southside – Jeff Cox


Great Spotted Woodpecker – Jeff Cox


Long-tailed Duck on the Mere – Roy Lyon


an irritating gathering of Thrush down the Mere – Justin Foradip

4th February – Aldbrough clifftop (AJ)

6 Shore Lark present at midday

Hornsea Mere – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB,BMJ,JH,RL,ML)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Peregrine
Kestrel
5 Great Crested Grebe
95 Greylag Goose
160+ Pink-footed Goose flew south
28 Canada Goose
120 Barnacle Goose
230 Gadwall
240 Wigeon
2 Shoveler
460+ Teal
385 Tufted Duck
180+ Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
415 Goldeneye
fem Common Scoter
Grey Wagtail at KP

Danish rung Black-headed Gull on KP – Roy Lyon


Finnish rung Black-headed Gull on KP – Roy Lyon

3rd February – Southide/KP/Northside/Wassand (JL,GB,BMJ)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Peregrine
Kestrel
5 Great Crested Grebe
24 Canada Goose
120 Barnacle Goose
Pintail
369 Teal
172 Wigeon
180 Pochard
fem Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
220+ Goldeneye
Barn Owl
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Stonechat

2nd February – Southside/KP/Northside (JC,JL,GB)

2 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Peregrine
Kestrel
Barn Owl
5 Great Crested Grebe
119 Barnacle Goose
95 Greylag Goose
22 Canada Goose
2 Shoveler
165 Gadwall
8 Teal
250+ Wigeon
72 Pochard
160+ Tufted Duck
Long-tailed Duck
205 Goldeneye
Green Woodpecker heard
2 Stonechat
4 Bullfinch

Barnacle Geese around the Mere – Jeff Cox

1st February – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide (JL,GB,ML,RL)

2 Grey Heron
2 Comon Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier (1 male)
Sparrowhawk
Peregrine
5 Great Crested Grebe
80 Teal
65 Wigeon
78 Pochard
Long-tailed Duck
180 Goldeneye
fem Common Scoter

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