Monthly Archives: July 2018

July Sightings

31st July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,LB,AE)

Whooper Swan
32 Shoveler
2 Wigeon
54 Teal
Mandarin
14 Great crested Grebe
4 Little Grebe
5 Grey Heron
4 Little Egret
10 Avocet south
Ruff on Swan Island spit
Green Sandpiper
11+ Common Sandpiper
2 Dunlin south
3 Redshank south
70 Little Gulls early morning
20+ Common Tern
Juvenile Black Tern
Kingfisher
upto 12 species of Butterfly recorded (LB) along the Southside fields including Painted Lady, Holly and Common Blue and Gatekeeper.

juv Black Tern off KP – Alan Elkin


juv Black Tern off KP – Alan Elkin


juv Black Tern off KP – Alan Elkin


Shoveler from the Mere today – Jon Lamplough


Wigeon on the Mere – Jon Lamplough


Holly Blue at Aldbrough Fish Ponds – Ade Johnson

30th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,MR,LB,ML,RL)

Whooper Swan
14 Shoveler
Wigeon
23 Teal
Drake Garganey flew west
14 Great crested Grebe
4 Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
7 Little Egret
4+ Marsh Harrier
Merlin flew north-west
Curlew Sandpiper on Swan Island spit in the morning
Dunlin on Swan Island spit
11+ Common Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper on Swan Island spit during the afternoon
5+ Redshank
Snipe
juv Mediterranean Gull
990 Little Gull early morning, majority flying east by 05:30
30+ Common Tern
Arctic Tern
Juvenile Black Tern
Barn Owl
Kingfisher
2 Grey Wagtail KP

Common Tern off Kirkholme Point


Common Sandpiper from KP


juv Black Tern off the jetties


Little Gull from Kirkholme Point


Little Gull over KP


Whooper Swan still present – Roy Lyon


fem Tufted Duck with 8 young – Roy Lyon


Wigeon on the Mere – Roy Lyon

29th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,LI,LB)

Bittern in evening
Whooper Swan
13 Shoveler
14 Teal
6 Pochard
Black-necked Grebe
12 Great crested Grebe
5 Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
4 Little Egret
Hobby
2 Whimbrel south
Green Sandpiper south + 1 in evening
4+ Common Sandpiper + 10 in evening
104 Little Gull + 300 in evening
2 Sandwich Tern in evening
45+ Common Tern
Juvenile Black Tern
Barn Owl
600+ Swift
Kingfisher
2 Grey Wagtail KP

28th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,JC,LB)

Whooper Swan
Shelduck
14 Shoveler
61 Teal
2 Wigeon
5 Grey Heron
3 Little Egret
6+ Marsh Harrier
Oystercatcher
Ringed Plover west
3 Whimbrel south
3 Curlew west
Knot (Swan Island spit)
3 Dunlin (2 KP, 1 Swan Island spit)
2 Greenshank south
Green Sandpiper south
4+ Common Sandpiper
35 Little Gull
Juvenile Mediterranean Gull west
30+ Common Tern
Juvenile Black Tern
2 Barn Owl
Kingfisher
2 Grey Wagtail KP

Common Sandpiper on KP today – Jon Lamplough


juv Black Tern on the Mere – Jon Lamplough

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

Whooper Swan
7 Shoveler
11 Teal
2 Wigeon
3 Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
4 Little Egret
9 Dunlin (8 south,1 KP)
5 Common Sandpiper
Knot south
Redshank
4 Curlew west
18 Little Gull
Juvenile Mediterranean Gull
14 Common Tern
Kingfisher
Grey Wagtail

Dunlin on KP – Jon Lamplough


Dunlin on KP – Jeff Cox


Dunlin on KP – jon Lamplough


Grey Wagtail on the jetties – Jeff Cox


Little Gulls on the jetties – Jon Lamplough


Little Gull – Jon Lamplough

26th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Seafront (JL,JC,AE)

Whooper Swan
8 Shoveler
13 Teal
3 Wigeon
11 Great crested Grebe
6 Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
3 Little Egret
14 Dunlin east
Common Sandpiper
Redshank
Black-tailed Godwit on Swan Island spit
2 Whimbrel south
4 Curlew west
Snipe KP
28 Little Gull
9+ Common Tern

Small Copper in 1st Field – Jon Lamplough


Snipe on KP – Alan Elkin


Black-headed Gull and Common Tern – Jeff Cox


juv Common Tern on Hornsea beach – Jeff Cox

25th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL)

Whooper Swan
8 Shoveler
51 Teal
3 Wigeon
3 Pochard
11 Great crested Grebe
5 Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
5 Little Egret
2 Dunlin south
3+ Common Sandpiper
Redshank south
3 Black tailed Godwit south
3 Curlew west
7 Little Gull
Juvenile Mediterranean Gull off first field
10+ Common Tern

Black-tailed Skimmer in 1st Field – Jon Lamplough

24th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,AE)

Whooper Swan
2 Ruddy Shelduck flew west before returning east, but not subsequently relocated on the Mere
12 Shoveler
41 Teal
5 Wigeon
Goldeneye
10 Great crested Grebe
Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
5 Little Egret
8 Dunlin (6 south and 2 on KP)
3 Common Sandpiper Swan Island
Redshank south
4 Little Gull
25+ Common Tern
Juvenile Black Tern
Barn Owl
Kingfisher

Dunlin on Kirkholme Point – Alan Elkin


Dunlin on Kirkholme Point – Alan Elkin


Dunlin on Kirkholme Point – Alan Elkin

23rd July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,JC,RL,ML)

Whooper Swan
9 Shoveler
8 Teal
2 Wigeon
Goldeneye
6 Great crested Grebe
Black necked Grebe off Swan Island
2 Little Grebe
5+ Grey Heron
5 Little Egret
4 Common Sandpiper
Black tailed Godwit on KP
7 Little Gull in the morning
Juvenile Mediterranean Gull west
12+ Common Tern
Juvenile Black Tern
Barn Owl

Black-tailed Godwit from KP today – Jon Lamplough


Black-tailed Godwit from KP today – Jon Lamplough


Small Red-eyed Damselflies at Grimston today – Ade Johnson


Small Red-eyed Damselflies at Grimston today – Ade Johnson


Small Red-eyed Damselflies at Grimston today – Ade Johnson


22nd July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL)

Whooper Swan
Pintail
15 Shoveler
12+ Teal
5 Wigeon
Mandarin
10 Great crested Grebe including 2 chicks
2 Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
2+ Little Egret
3 Common Sandpiper
2 Redshank
15 Little Gull in the morning
2nd calendar year Mediterranean Gull south
12+ Common Tern
Black Tern
Barn Owl
Kingfisher

juv Black Tern from 2nd Field this morning – Jeff Cox


juv Black Tern from 2nd Field this morning – Jeff Cox


juv Black Tern w/Common Tern’s from 2nd Field this morning – Jeff Cox


5 of 6 Grey Heron on the Mere today – Jeff Cox

21st July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,AE)

Whooper Swan
13 Shoveler
29 Teal
6 Wigeon
Mandarin
5 Great crested Grebe
2 Little Grebe
5 Grey Heron
12 Little Egret
2 Oystercatcher
Ringed Plover south
Avocet Swan Island spit
Dunlin south
Common Sandpiper
Redshank south
3 Black tailed Godwit south
4 Curlew south
310 Little Gull In the morning
Adult Mediterranean Gull west
12 Common Tern
Juvenile Black Tern

juv Black Tern from KP this morning – Alan Elkin

20th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside/KP/Seaton Pond (JC,JL,LI,MR,AE,ML,RL,AW et al)

Whooper Swan
10 Shoveler
17 Teal
4 Wigeon
Pochard
8 Great crested Grebe
Little Grebe + adult with 3 young Seaton pond
4 Grey Heron
6+ Little Egret
34+ Dunlin south
2 Common Sandpiper
4+ Redshank south
2 Black-tailed Godwit (Swan Island spit)
2 Curlew south
90 Little Gull + 860 in evening (GB)
15+ Common Tern
Juvenile Black Tern from 6.45 to evening
Adult White-winged Black Tern from 9.00, showing well (albeit distantly) all day
Male Banded Demoiselle Seaton Pond
2 White letter Hairstreaks in Wych Elms near Seaton Pond

White-winged Black Tern recordshot from 2nd Field


White-winged Black Tern recordshot from 2nd Field


White-winged Black Tern recordshot from 2nd Field


White-winged Black Tern recordshot from 2nd Field


White-winged Black Tern over the Mere this morning – Jeff Cox


juv Black Tern off KP – Jeff Cox


juv Black Tern off KP – Jeff Cox


recent image of Purple Hairstreak in Wassand – Scott Creek


Black-headed Gull past 2nd Field

19th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Hornsea Seafront (JL,SC,LI)

Whooper Swan
6 Shoveler
8 Teal
Mandarin
6 Pochard
3 Grey Heron
4 Little Egret
6 Knot south
Common Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper in evening off 2nd Field
81 Dunlin south + 3 in evening
82 Redshank south + 1 in evening
4 Black-tailed Godwit
Kittiwake on the seafront by Sullivans
218 Little Gull early am
10 Common Tern
Barn Owl

1 of 2 male Banded Demoiselle, only a handful of records from Aldbrough – Ade Johnson


Banded Demoiselle at Aldbrough fish ponds – Ade Johnson


Kittiwake on Sullivans roof – Scott Creek

18th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,TI)

Whooper Swan
Black Swan
2 Shelduck
5 Shoveler
7 Teal
Wigeon
Mandarin
Pochard
4 Great crested Grebe
Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
6 Little Egret
4 Marsh Harrier
8 Dunlin south
Common Sandpiper KP
36 Redshank south
3 Black tailed Godwit east
Curlew north
42 Little Gull early am
10+ Common Tern
Barn Owl
Kingfisher
2 Grey Wagtail KP

17th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL)

Whooper Swan (observed copulating with a Mute Swan)
17 Shoveler
35 Teal
Wigeon
Pochard
Goldeneye
2 Great crested Grebe
Little Grebe
5+ Grey Heron
6+ Little Egret
5 Dunlin west/Swan Island spit
2+ Redshank Swan Island spit
Greenshank south
16 Black tailed Godwit west
Whimbrel south
Curlew south
39 Little Gull
Juvenile Yellow legged Gull off first field, then flew west
14+ Common Tern
Barn Owl
Kingfisher

16th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Wassand (JL,SC,RL,ML)

Whooper Swan
8 Shoveler
58 Teal
Pochard
3 Grey Heron
4 Little Egret
Hobby
3 Dunlin (1 south, 2 Swan Island spit)
2 Common Sandpiper (KP)
10 Redshank (Swan Island spit)
17 Black tailed Godwit west
Curlew west
2 Whimbrel west
30 Little Gull
Kingfisher

Sexton Beetle in the process of burying a dead Grass Snake – Roy Lyon


Ruddy Darter in Wassand – Roy Lyon


fem Tufted Duck with 4 young in tow – Roy Lyon

15th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL)

Whooper Swan
13 Shoveler
31 Teal
2 Wigeon
7 Pochard
4 Grey Heron
3 Little Egret
Redshank
2 Whimbrel west
Curlew north
59 Little Gull west
8 Common Tern
Yellow Wagtail

14th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside (JL)

Whooper Swan
7 Shoveler
4 Grey Heron
Little Egret
132 Redshank south
2 Greenshank south
11 Black tailed Godwit south
Adult Mediterranean Gull south
4 Little Gull east
4 Common Tern
Green Woodpecker

13th July – Aldbrough (AJ)

Hummingbird Hawk Moth in Aldbrough – Ade Johnson

Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,JC)

Whooper Swan
3 Shoveler
12 Wigeon
6+ Grey Heron
5 Little Egret
Hobby
Dunlin east
Redshank (KP)
Curlew west
Whimbrel heard
Little Gull
4 Common Tern
Kingfisher

Whooper Swan off 1st Field – Jon Lamplough


Whooper Swan off 1st Field – Jon Lamplough


Redshank from KP – Jeff Cox

Cormorant heading out over KP – Jeff Cox


Common Terns off KP – Jeff Cox


distant Common Scoters off Hornsea – Jeff Cox

12th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL)

314 Mute Swan
Whooper Swan
4 Shoveler
Teal
Wigeon
Mandarin
6+ Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
3 Marsh Harrier
Hobby
2 Dunlin
4 Redshank
Curlew
Adult Mediterranean Gull
3 Little Gull
10+ Common Tern

distant ad Med Gull this afternoon – Jon Lamplough


Whooper Swan still present on the Mere – Jon Lamplough


Whooper Swan – Jon Lamplough

11th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL)

312 Mute Swan
Black Swan
5 Shoveler
10 Teal
3 Wigeon
5 Pochard
Red-breasted Merganser (eclipse/1s male off 2nd field then flew west)
Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
1+ Hobby
2 Curlew
1 Little Gull in the morning, 42 in the afternoon
8 Common Tern

Shovelers off 1st Field today – Jon Lamplough

10th July – Hornsea Mere, KP/Northside (JL)

Shelduck
6 Teal
Mandarin
2 broods of Tufted Duck with 1 and 4 chicks remaining
3 Grey Heron
5 Great crested Grebe
3 Redshank (Swan Island spit)
Curlew north
3 Little Gull
7 Common Tern
Green Woodpecker (KP)

Green Woodpecker around KP today, a bird normally seen at the west end of the Mere – Jon Lamplough

9th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,JC,AE)

Black Swan
3 Shoveler
2 Teal
Mandarin
2 Little Grebe
3+ Grey Heron
7 Little Egret
2 Redshank
Dunlin east
Curlew north
2 Whimbrel north
3 Common Tern
Grey Wagtail

8th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL,RL)

Whooper Swan
Shoveler
21 Teal
4 Mandarin
4 Pochard
6+ Grey Heron
10+ Little Egret
6 Great crested Grebe
2 Little Grebe
2 Redshank
Black tailed Godwit
9 Curlew south
Whimbrel south
3 Little Gull
6 Common Tern
Kingfisher

7th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,JC,JH,AE)

270 Mute Swan
Whooper Swan (on Swan Island spit)
2 Shelduck
Wigeon
2 Mandarin
10 Great crested Grebe
2 Little Grebe (including a juvenile)
5+ Grey Heron
6 Little Egret
Hobby
6 Oystercatcher
3 Avocet east
17 Dunlin south
Wood Sandpiper flew south over first field
2 Common Sandpiper (KP)
64 Redshank south
2 Black tailed Godwit south
6 Curlew south
25 Little Gull
4 Common Tern

Wigeon at the Mere – Jon Lamplough

6th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside/KP (JL,JC)

Wigeon
3 Teal
Mandarin
Pochard
6+ Grey Heron
5 Little Egret
Hobby
3 Dunlin east
9+ Redshank
2 Whimbrel
95 Little Gull flew west am, 18 in the afternoon
7+ Common Tern

Little Egret around KP – Jon Lamplough


Little Egret around KP – Jon Lamplough


Little Egrets around Swan Island, upto 5 present there today – Jeff Cox


Oyc and Lapwing Swan Island spit, photo courtesy of Jeff Cox Pelagics Ltd


ad Lesser-black backed Gull – Jeff Cox


Common Tern at the Mere – Jeff Cox


5th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL)

Wigeon
4 Grey Heron
5 Little Egret (on Swan Island)
2 Avocet (Swan Island spit)
3 Dunlin east
Redshank
Black tailed Godwit (Swan Island spit)
6 Little Gull
2 Common Tern
Barn Owl
Grasshopper Warbler (singing 1st field)

4th July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside/KP/Wassand (JL,JC)

Wigeon
11+ Teal
3 Mandarin
6 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
Marsh Harrier
2 Common Buzzard
Hobby
13 Redshank
23 Black tailed Godwit
78 Little Gull flew east during the morning, 35 in the afternoon
10 Common Tern
Goldcrest
2 Coal Tit

Great Crested Grebe – Jon Lamplough


Grey Heron from Wassand Hide – Jeff Cox


Black-headed Gull from Wassand Hide today – Jeff Cox

3rd July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL)

11+ Teal
3 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
4 Marsh Harrier
Hobby
Little Ringed Plover (flew east after briefly landing on the Water Crowfoot)
Dunlin east
Redshank south
2 Curlew east
14 Little Gull east
6 Common Tern
Yellow Wagtail

2nd July – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL)

16 Teal
Mandarin
3 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
Hobby
7 Dunlin east
55 Redshank south/Swan Island spit
Greenshank heard
10 Curlew
Whimbrel heard
229 Little Gull east during the morning, 17 in the afternoon
7 Sandwich Tern (over the mere for 10 minutes before flying back east)
2 Common Tern
Barn Owl

1st July – Hornsea Mere, Southside (JL)

297 Mute Swan
3 Teal
Mandarin
Pochard
Little Grebe
8 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
Greenshank east
22 Curlew east
120 Little Gull east
3 Common Tern

A superb record and the highlight, was of a calling Corncrake heard at the south end of Hornsea from a private area till around 16:00 at least (JC)

juv Cuckoo at Cowden, Dunnock acting as host for this bird – Ade Johnson


juv Great Spotted Woodpecker at Rolston – Graham Russell


Stock Dove at Rolston – Graham Russell

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