Monthly Archives: May 2018

May Sightings

31st May – Hornsea Mere, KP/Northside/Wassand (JL,RL,ML)

Barnacle Goose (KP)
Wigeon
Pochard
3 Marsh Harrier
2 Hobby (Wassand)
Common Tern
Hairy Dragonfly ovipositing with a male patrolling
1+ Emperor Dragonfly
*of interest a large/approaching Buzzard size raptor was observed distantly from Decoy Bay over Seaton Road/Hornsea area, although identification not clinched, several features noted were suggestive of a large Accipiter type (RL et al)

female Orange Tip in Wassand Wood – Roy Lyon


Red Admiral in Wassand Wood – Roy Lyon


single Barnacle Goose from KP – Jon Lamplough

30th May – Hornsea Mere (JL)

224 Greylag Geese
Shelduck
Grey Heron
Common Tern

Great Spotted Woodpecker from the Mere – Jon Lamplough


Sparrowhawk with a Starling kill at Rolston – Graham Russell

28th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL)

Mandarin
3 Pochard
Common Tern

Strawberry Fields, nr Bridlington (TM)

ad Rose-coloured Starling flew over heading towards Bridlington

27th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL)

3 Shelduck
Wigeon
Teal
Mandarin
3 Pochard
4 Redshank east
Common Sandpiper (Swan island spit)
3 Common Tern

Osprey north over Old Ellerby today (TI)

Gadwall on the Mere – Jon Lamplough

26th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Wassand (JL,RL,ML,JC)

c120 Mute Swan
3 Shelduck
Wigeon
3 Pochard
3 Marsh Harrier male + 2 fem
1+ Hobby
Dunlin west
4 Common Tern
3 Shelduck
6 Lapwing and 1 chick
2 Common Sandpiper
Barn Owl
Bullfinch
3 Reed Warbler
4 Sedge Warbler
2 Yellowhammer

Reed Warbler at the Mere – Jeff Cox


Reed Warbler at the Mere – Jeff Cox


recent image of Shelducks along the Southside – Jeff Cox


Greylag Goose – Jeff Cox


Marsh Harrier from Wassand Hide – Roy Lyon


Mute Swan dropping into Decoy – Roy Lyon


Great Crested Grebe from Wassand Hide – Roy Lyon


‘if you go down in the woods today, beware of the big surprise…’ – Roy Lyon

24th May – Hornsea Mere, Northside (JL)

3 Common Scoter
2 Common Tern

23rd May – Hornsea Mere, Southside (JL)

Adult Kittiwake 7.45 – 8.10
2 Common Tern

22nd May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL)

3 Pochard
Fulmar flew north east
Hobby
Common Tern

21st May – Hornsea Mere, Southside (JL)

3 Pochard
Ruff (Swan island spit)
Common Sandpiper (Swan island spit)
Common Tern

20th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside (JL)

2 Pochard
Grey Heron
Ruff (Swan island spit)
2 Common Tern

19th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL)

Shelduck
Shoveler
2 Wigeon
Mandarin
3 Pochard
Little Egret east
2 Hobby (Seaton)
Ruff (Swan island spit)
7 Common Sandpiper (Swan island/ KP)
Common Tern
Cuckoo

18th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,JC,RL,ML)

2 Shelduck
Shoveler
2 Wigeon
3 Pochard
41 Tufted Duck
13 Great crested Grebe
Hobby
4 Oystercatcher (including 2 chicks)
2 Common Tern

17th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Wassand/KP (MR,AE,JL)

Shelduck
2 Wigeon
3 Pochard
9 Great crested Grebe
Grey Heron west
Black-tailed Godwit (attempted to land on KP)
2 Common Tern
Cuckoo

Common Swift over 1st Field


Common Swift over 1st Field


Common Swift over 1st Field


Common Swift over 1st Field


Gadwall over 1st Field


Fox with Cubs in Wassand – Alan Elkin


Fox with Cubs in Wassand – Alan Elkin


Fox with Cubs in Wassand – Alan Elkin


Fox with Cubs in Wassand – Alan Elkin

fem Mallard with ducklings/Pike fodder


a Deer in the Mere must be deep I can’t see it’s rear – Jon Lamplough

15th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Wassand/KP (AE,JL,JH)

Shoveler
2 Pochard
Black necked Grebe (north of Swan island)
1+ Red Kite (Wassand morning, north over mere late afternoon)
Hobby (Seaton)
Oystercatcher
Common Sandpiper
Redshank (KP)
Cuckoo

recordshot of Red Kite from this morning – Alan Elkin

recordshot of Red Kite from this morning – Alan Elkin

14th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside/Wassand (JL,JC,RL,ML)

92 Mute Swan
2 Shelduck
Shoveler
18 Gadwall
2 Pochard
41 Tufted Duck
Little Grebe
Red Kite over Southorpe Road around 16:30
2 Hobby
2 Grey Partridge
5 Oystercatcher
Green Woodpecker
2 Lesser Whitethroat by Weatherhill Farm
Hairy Dragonfly (Wassand)

Hairy Dragonfly from Wassand, a welcome patch tick for Mere regulars – Roy Lyon


juvenile Moorhen and Little Grebe in Wassand – Roy Lyon


Little Grebe performing in Wassand – Roy Lyon


drk Shoveler – Jon Lamplough


pair of Grey Partridge along the Southside – Jon Lamplough


Holly Blue – Jeff Cox


Large White – Jeff Cox


Orange Tip – Jeff Cox

13th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JC,JL,LB)

2 Cuckoo around Heslop’s
2 Grey Partridge Ouzel Hedge area
Red-legged Partridge
Barn Owl
5 Shoveler
2 Pintail
2 Wigeon
Mandarin
3 Pochard
Black-tailed Godwit south
3+ Common Tern

dos Cuckoo around Heslop’s – Jeff Cox


Cuckoo from Heslop’s area – Jeff Cox


A Mere Wabbit – Jeff Cox


Grey Partridge – Jeff Cox


singing Blackcap – Jeff Cox


Barn Owl along the Southside of Mere – Jeff Cox

12th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,JH)

3 Shoveler
Teal
2 Drake Mandarin
4 Pochard
43 Tufted Duck
9 Great crested Grebe
Hobby (Seaton)
2+ Grey Heron
2 Oystercatcher
Ringed Plover south
12 Dunlin south
6+ Common Sandpiper on Swan Island/KP
2 Redshank south
Common Tern
Cuckoo

11th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,LB)

78 Mute Swan
12 Shelduck south
4 Shoveler
4 Pochard
26 Tufted Duck
5 Dunlin east
2 Common Sandpiper KP
3+ Common Tern
Cuckoo heard
Green-veined White

Roe Deer again in the Mere at sunrise and at dusk today – Jon Lamplough

10th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Wassand/KP (JL,LB,JC)

3 Shoveler
2 Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
2 Hobby over 1st field reedbed
2 Avocet briefly on Swan island then flew west
Common Sandpiper on Swan island
3 Common Tern
115 Swift
Hairy Dragonfly
7 species of Butterfly logged including Green-veined White, Holly Blue and Comma

Hairy Dragonfly at the Mere today – Jeff Cox


Green-veined White at the Mere – Jeff Cox


Mute Swans on the Mere – Jon Lamplough

9th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Wassand (JL,LB,JC)

Little Egret flew north over Mere
12 Gadwall
3 Shoveler
Pochard
46 Tufted Duck
8 Great crested Grebe (2 displaying)
Little Grebe
Kestrel
male + fem Marsh Harrier
3 Common Buzzard
Hobby
2 Black tailed Godwit flew west
5 Common Tern
Cuckoo calling

Little Grebe from Wassand Hide – Jon Lamplough

8th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,PM,MR,LB)

Shelduck
3 Shoveler
Mandarin
2 Pochard
drake Scaup (off KP/Swan Island)
7 Great crested Grebe
2+ Hobby (2 over first field reedbed 5:20, several sightings late afternoon, off KP/Swan Island late evening + 1st field reedbed 21:00)
2 Oystercatcher
1+ Dunlin
4 Common Sandpiper
3 Whimbrel north
3 Common Tern, 9+ late evening + 1 Commic Tern
Wheatear (KP)

Dunlin around KP this afternoon – Alan Elkin


drk Scaup off KP – Jon Lamplough


Wheatear on KP today – Alan Elkin


Wheatear on KP today – Jon Lamplough


Cuckoo Flower found in the damp meadows of the Mere – Lesley Ball

7th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside (JL,RL,ML,AE,LB)

2 Shelduck
Shoveler
Mandarin
59 Tufted Duck
Pochard
7 Great crested Grebe
Black-necked Grebe till early evening at least off Swan Island
Hobby over Seaton
3 Oystercatcher
Dunlin (Swan Island)
Common Sandpiper (Swan Island)
2 Common Tern
Cuckoo (Wassand)

Roe Deer – Jon Lamplough


a Deer in the Mere on the warmest day of the Year – Jon Lamplough

6th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside (JL,LB)

Shelduck
Shoveler
drake Garganey off Swan Island
2 Pochard
Ringtail Harrier sp flew south over 2nd field 5:40am
male Marsh Harrier
2 Hobby over Swan Island then flew south + 1 seen at Seaton
4 Lapwing
Kingfisher
2 flava Wagtail over
Meadow Pipit

singing Willow Warbler in 2nd Field – Jon Lamplough


local Sparrowhawk from nearby Seaton – Jon Lamplough

5th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Wassand Hide/KP (JL,LI,ML,RL,AE,LB)

2 Shelduck
drake Garganey (off Hermitage Field, later from Wassand Hide)
49 Tufted Duck
Osprey 6:50 perched on Lady Island, then flew east
2 Hobby feeding over Lady Island (LI)
imm Spoonbill 14:55 flew south over Decoy (RL,ML) then again south over Kirkholme approach road 17:00 (LI)
3 Oystercatcher
3 Common Tern
2 Marsh Harrier
3 Common Buzzard
2 Little Grebe
7 Great Crested Grebe
54 Tufted Duck
4+ Cetti’s Warbler

recordshot, distant, heat haze, but that’s an Osprey on the patch, always ace! – Jon Lamplough


imm Spoonbill over Decoy Bay around 15:00 today – Roy Lyon


drk Garganey at the Mere today – Roy Lyon


1 of 2 Hobby today over the Mere – Roy Lyon


Blackcap in Wassand – Roy Lyon


Mallard with ducklings in Wassand – Jeff Cox


Speckled Wood (pic), Large White, Peacock and Tortoiseshell all seen today – Jeff Cox

May 4th be with You – Hornsea Mere, Wassand Hide/Southside/Northside/Darkside/KP (DV,O-WK,LS,JC,JL,LB,ML et al)

White Stork ‘moved along’ SW over Mere around 16:40, presumed wandering ringed individual from recent weeks
2 Black Swan – ‘rogue’ birds
Green Woodpecker
4 Jay
2 Treecreeper
4+ Whitethroat, also Rolston (GR)
6 Blackcap
2 Wedge Warbler
Reed Warbler
3 Chiffchaff
2 Willow Warbler
Little Grebe
3 Jedi’s Warbler
male Marsh Harrier
male Orange Tip on Woodland walk
8 Gadwall
2 Shoveler
4 Teal
Pochard
47 Tufted Duck
6 Great crested Grebe
Hobby (Swan Island then flew south west)
Dunlin (Swan Island)
Common Sandpiper (Swan Island)
2 Common Tern
Wheatear 1st Field also 1+ Hornsea South Cliffs

Wheatear at South Cliffs, Hornsea today – Martin Lonsdale


Swallows at the Mere – Jeff Cox


1 of 2 Black Swans today on the Mere – Martin Lonsdale


Treecreeper – Jeff Cox


Treecreeper – Jeff Cox


Whitethroat – Jeff Cox

3rd May – Hornsea South Cliffs early am (JC)

Barn Owl
4 Wheatear
2 Whitethroat
Lesser Whitethroat
14+ Meadow Pipit

an arrival of Wheatear and Meadow Pipit on South Cliffs this morning – Jeff Cox


Wheatear on South Cliffs – Jeff Cox

Wheatear on South Cliffs – Jeff Cox


Skylark with nesting material this morning – Jeff Cox


Hornsea Mere, KP/Southside/1st Field (JC,JL,LB)

Lapwing with 4 chicks
Kestrel soaring
Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
3+ Reed Warbler
5 Sedge Warbler
2 Blackcap
Cetti’s Warbler
2 Willow Warbler
Chiffchaff
Whitethroat
2 Shelduck
3 Shoveler
2 Teal
6 Great crested Grebe
Common Sandpiper
25 Swift

House Martins from the Mere – Jeff Cox


Reed Bunting – Jeff Cox


Lapwing chicks – Jeff Cox

2nd May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,JC,LB)

3 Shoveler
Mandarin
2+ Great Crested Grebe
pair Gadwall
Grey Heron
1 Kestrel
1+ Oystercatcher
Common Sandpiper
Snipe west
Common Tern
40 Swift
Flava Wagtail west
4 Sedge Warbler
4 Blackcap
Chiffchaff
3+ Willow Warbler
Whitethroat
2 Long-tailed Tit

from KP early aft

Yellow Wagtail
White Wagtail
3 Pied Wagtail
30+ Swift
100+ House Martin
60+ Swallow
4 Sand Martin

Whitethroat in Wassand today – Alan Elkin


fem Yellow Wagtail from KP today – Jeff Cox

Cowden/Mappleton (MR)

1 Wheatear
1 Cuckoo
1 Yellow Wagtail
Barn Owl
Siskin at Rolston (GR)

Barn Owl at Mappleton


Barn Owl doing 5 o’clock at Mappleton


Linnet at Cowden

1st May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,LB,AE)

3 Shoveler
7 Teal
Mandarin
Pochard
86 Tufted Duck
Goldeneye
2 Oystercatcher
6 Common Sandpiper Swan/Tree Island
Bar-tailed Godwit east
4 Common Tern
35 Swift

Greater Pond Sedge in flower, Mere edge 1st field – Lesley Ball


Yellow Wagtail on KP – Alan Elkin


White Wagtail on KP – Alaln Elkin

Cowden/Mappleton (MR)

2 1s Little Gull
2 Cuckoo
Yellow Wagtail
Barn Owl
7 Bullfinch

Chiffchaff at Cowden


Reed Bunting at Cowden


Barn Owl at Mappleton

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