Monthly Archives: September 2018

September Sightings

30th September – Hornsea Mere, East End/1st Field/2nd Field (MR,RL,ML)

Whooper Swan
53+ Pink-footed Geese +70 over south
intermedius ad Lesser Black-backed Gull off spit then west
Scaup
Greenshank
Common Sandpiper
4 Chiffchaff

Hornsea seawatch – 13.00-15.30

5 Teal
3 Common Scoter
15 Red-throated Diver
53 Gannet
1 Kestrel
17 Sandwich Tern
Bonxie
Pomarine Skua
1 Guillemot

Aldbrough (AJ,SB,DB,MR)

juv Hobby still present

juv Hobby at Aldbrough


juv Hobby at Aldbrough


juv Hobby at Aldbrough


Sandwich Terns on groynes off Hornsea beach – Roy Lyon


Scaup – Roy Lyon

29th September – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,BMJ,MR)

110 Wigeon
90 Teal
2 Pochard
Goldeneye
Great white Egret
3 Little Egret
6+ Grey Heron
Marsh Harrier
Ringtail Harrier sp. south
Dunlin over
2 Redshank 1st field
4 Snipe Southorpe road
4 Redpoll over 1st/2nd Field in afternoon

Aldbrough/East + West Carlton (AJ,MR)

100+ Pink-footed Goose in stubble fields + 50+ over south
juv Hobby
Red Kite

juv Hobby at Aldbrough


juv Hobby at Aldbrough


juv Hobby at Aldbrough


Pink-feet over Aldbrough

28th September – Hornsea seawatch (JL,BMJ) 06:30-09:50 + 15:10-16:40

Barnacle Goose 25 north
Mallard 1 north
Wigeon 17 north
Teal 20 north, 25 south
Common Scoter 102 north, 3 south
Red-throated Diver 14 north, 31 south
Sooty Shearwater 1 north
Manx Shearwater 12 north
Curlew 1 north
Sandwich Tern 33 north, 4 south
Great Skua 1 north
Arctic Skua 5 north
Puffin 1 north

Common Sandpiper off 1st Field – Alan Elkin

27th September – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand (JL,BMJ,ML)

4 Whooper Swan (including the regular bird)
113 Barnacle Goose
c25 Pink-footed Goose
Pintail
46 Shoveler
3 Pochard
Goldeneye
14 Great crested Grebe
Great white Egret
3+ Little Egret
5+ Grey Heron
2 Marsh Harrier
2+ Curlew over
Dunlin 1st field
Greenshank
Snipe

juv Hobby at Aldbrough Fish ponds (AJ)

juv Hobby at Aldbrough – Ade Johnson


juv Hobby at Aldbrough – Ade Johnson

26th September – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,JC)

Whooper Swan
27 Pink-footed Goose west
8 Pintail
27 Shoveler
110 Teal
7 Pochard
3 Scaup off 1st field
15 Great crested Grebe
Marsh Harrier
Hobby + Hobby through at Rolston (GR)
Curlew west
Common Sandpiper
Greenshank Tree Island
Snipe
2 Mediterranean Gull (adult west early morning, 2nd winter off Swan island in the afternoon)
Juvenile Caspian Gull (or possible hybrid) off Swan Island spit
Kingfisher

25th September – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Wassand/Northside (JL,JC,RL,ML)

52 Pink-footed Goose west
28 Pintail
12 Shoveler
c95 Wigeon
c70 Teal
165 Tufted Duck
Scaup
20 Pochard
Goldeneye
Great white Egret
3 Little Egret
2+ Marsh Harrier
Merlin south over 1st field
Black-tailed Godwit east
Common Sandpiper
3 Dunlin 1st field
Greenshank Tree Island
3 Snipe 1st field
Adult Mediterranean Gull
Kingfisher
Chiffchaff
5 Cetti’s Warbler
2 Jay
5 Grey Wagtail (4 south, 1 1st field)
6 Comma
2 Small Copper
11 Speckled Wood
Red Admiral
2 Large White
Common Darter
Migrant Hawk

Marsh Harrier and Red Kite at West Carlton early afternoon (AJ)

Snipe off 1st Field – Jeff Cox


Comma at the Mere – Jeff Cox


Hornets at the Mere – Jeff Cox


Marsh Harrier and Great White Egret in Wassand – Jeff Cox


Little Egret – Jeff Cox


Little Egret – Jeff Cox


Grey Heron – Jeff Cox


Snipe off 1st Field – Jeff Cox


Small Copper at Rolston – Graham Russell


Red Underwing Moth blowing up a car tyre at Sigglesthorne – Tim Isherwood

24th September – Hornsea Mere, KP/1st Field/2nd Field (MR,JL,AE)

165 Pink-footed Goose over south
22 Barnacle Goose Swan Island
7 Little Grebe at East End
1 Pintail
3 Scaup off 1st Field
90+ Wigeon
1 Goosander
partial leucistic Coot at East End
Cormorant with red darvic ring on right leg (unread) off Hermitage field
3 Little Egret
Common Buzzard over town/KP then high south
2 Sparrowhawk
Greenshank Tree Island
1 Curlew west
2 Dunlin 1st Field edge
1+ Common Sandpiper
1 flava Wagtail over KP
2 Grey Wagtail 2nd Field

2 of 3 Scaup off 1st Field edge


Sparrowhawk and Jackdaw over 1st Field


Cormorant over 1st Field


Kestrel over 2nd Field


Common Sandpiper off 1st Field – Alan Elkin

23rd September – Hornsea seawatch (JL,BMJ,JC) 06:25-09:10 + 15:10-16:40

Whooper Swan 11 south
Pink-footed Goose 65 south
Wigeon 23 north
Teal 189 north,129 south
Common Scoter 32 north, 20 south, 22 on sea
Red-throated Diver 9 north, 18 south
Sooty Shearwater 3 north
Manx Shearwater 8 north,1 south
Curlew 1 north
Mediterranean Gull juvenile north
Sandwich Tern 113 north, 11 south
Black Tern 1 north
Bonxie 3 north, 2 south
Arctic Skua 8 north

Cowden seawatch (MR)

8 Manx Shearwater north
1 Bonxie
1 Arctic Skua
1 Puffin south
1 Hobby south

Hornsea Mere, 1st/2nd Field

Red-necked Grebe
Great White Egret on northside
3 Ringed Plover
6 Dunlin
Spotted Flycatcher in Wassand (JR)

Dunlin and Ringed Plover off 1st Field


Dunlin off 1st Field


Spotted Flycatcher in Wassand – John Russell


Great White Egrets in Wassand – Alan Elkin


Great White Egrets in Wassand – Alan Elkin

22nd September – Hornsea Mere (JL,JC,MR,BMJ,JH,RL,ML)

Whooper Swan
54 Pink-footed Goose west
2 Red-necked Grebe
2 Great white Egret
4+ Little Egret
Marsh Harrier
3 Ringed Plover (2 1st field + 1 flew over)
Curlew west
2 Ruff (KP/Tree Island/Swan Island)
2+ Common Sandpiper
5 Dunlin 1st field
Greenshank 1st field/Swan island
Redshank 1st Field
Snipe
c4000 House Martin

Ruff on KP this morning – Jeff Cox


Ruff on KP this morning – Jeff Cox


Greenshank off 1st Field – Jeff Cox


Greenshank off 1st Field – Jeff Cox


a small fraction of the House Martin’s at the Mere this morning – Jeff Cox


2 Great White Egrets – Jeff Cox


Great White Egret – Alan Elkin


Great White Egret – Alan Elkin

Hornsea seawatch – 14.30-15.45 (RL,ML)

Pintail south
3 Common Scoter south
2 Eider south
8 Red throated Diver
10 Gannet
8 Sandwich Tern
8 Guillemot

West Carlton, nr Aldbrough (MR,AJ)

ringtail Hen Harrier at 09:20 + 09:47
Red Kite
2+ Marsh Harrier
several Common Buzzard
3 Wheatear
20+ Meadow Pipit
50+ Pink-footed Goose west

‘recordshot’ ringtail Hen Harrier at West Carlton


‘recordshot’ ringtail Hen Harrier at West Carlton


Red Kite at West Carlton


Red Kite at West Carlton

21st September – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,JC,LI)

3 Pink-footed Goose + 173 south in evening
2 Red-necked Grebe north east side of Swan island late afternoon/evening
3 Little Grebe
2 Great white Egret + both roosted Swan Island 19:15
5 Little Egret
Hobby
2 Ringed Plover 1st field
Common Sandpiper KP
9 Dunlin 1st field
Curlew Sandpiper 1st field
Snipe first field
Little Gull
Juvenile Mediterranean Gull
Juvenile Caspian Gull Swan Island spit

‘build it and they will come’ Curlew Sandpiper on the reinstated ‘edge’ off 1st Field – Jeff Cox

Curlew Sandpiper off 1st Field – Jeff Cox


Curlew Sandpiper off 1st Field – Jeff Cox


l-r Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Curlew Sandpiper – Jeff Cox


Ringed Plover and Curlew Sandpiper – Jeff Cox

20th September – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,JC,BMJ)

3 Pink-footed Goose
9 Shoveler
46 Wigeon
60 Teal
15 Great crested Grebe
2 Red-necked Grebe
Little Grebe
2 Great white Egret
4 Little Egret
6+ Grey Heron
Red Kite again from East/West Carlton area (AJ)
Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrel
2 Ringed Plover 1st field
3 Dunlin 1st field
Greenshank Tree Island
Little Gull
Juvenile Caspian Gull Swan Island spit
Yellow Wagtail
2 Whinchat 1st field
Siskin

Red-necked Grebe on the Mere today, 1 of 2 seen – Jeff Cox


2 Whinchat in 1st Field – Jeff Cox


Whinchat – Jeff Cox

19th September – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,JC,AE)

c30 Pink-footed Goose west
46 Wigeon
60 Teal
Red necked Grebe
Great white Egret
5 Little Egret
3 Ringed Plover 1st field
4 Dunlin (3 1st field, 1 west)
Common Sandpiper Swan island spit
Greenshank Tree Island
Snipe 1st field
Swift
Kingfisher

Gadwall over KP this morning – Jeff Cox


Little Egret at the Mere – Jeff Cox


blustery conditions at the Mere lately – Jeff Cox


Dunlin and Ringed Plover – Jeff Cox


Dunlin and Ringed Plover – Jeff Cox


Dunlin and Ringed Plover – Jeff Cox

18th September – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL,BMJ,ML,RL)

13 Pink-footed Goose west
6 Pintail
Drake Garganey
Goldeneye
17 Great crested Grebe
Red-necked Grebe south west of Swan island in the morning, off 1st field in the afternoon
5 Little Grebe
2 Great white Egret
3+ Little Egret
4+ Grey Heron
Marsh Harrier
Hobby
3 Ringed Plover 1st field
2 Ruff Tree Island
3 Dunlin 1st field
Greenshank Tree Island
3 Mediterranean Gull (2 juveniles flew west in the morning, adult east end in the afternoon)

Red-necked Grebe – Jon Lamplough

17th September – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside (JL,JC,MR)

Whooper Swan
134+ Pink-footed Goose (in several groups throughout day)
Great white Egret
2 Little Egret
3 Ringed Plover 1st field
4 Dunlin 1st field
2 Snipe
Little Gull
Redpoll sp 2nd field
23+ Meadow Pipit thru SW

Great White Egret (mugshot) at the Mere today – Jon Lamplough


several groups of Pink-feet loitered at the Mere today before heading mainly west – Jon Lamplough

16th September – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Wassand/Northside (JL,JC,BMJ,RL,ML)

120 Pink footed Goose south
drake Garganey
5 Pintail
240 Teal
Pochard
Goldeneye
8 Little Grebe
2 Great white Egret (1 still at west end, whilst 1 flew north 8.05)
2+ Little Egret
Marsh Harrier
3+ Hobby
Peregrine
2 Ringed Plover 1st field
9 Golden Plover south
7 Curlew west
2 Ruff Swan Island spit/Tree Island
11 Dunlin (4 1st field, 7 south )
Greenshank Swan Island/Tree Island
Juvenile Yellow legged Gull west of the spit
Juvenile Caspian Gull west of Swan island spit
Reed Warbler at the East end
2 Spotted Flycatcher 1st/2nd field

No sign of the Common Cranes by mid afternoon at West Carlton, but Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard and Red Kite seen there today (AJ)

Spotted Flycatcher in 2nd Field – Jon Lamplough


4 Dunlin and Ringed Plover’s on the new ‘edge’ at 1st Field – Roy Lyon

15th September – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand (JL,SC)

69 Pink footed Goose
17 Shoveler
49 Wigeon
70 Teal
2 Pochard
11 Great crested Grebe
7 Little Grebe
Great white Egret
4 Little Egret
6+ Grey Heron
1+ Marsh Harrier
1+ Hobby
2 Ringed Plover
Curlew
Ruff Swan island spit
5+ Dunlin
Greenshank Tree Island
4 Redshank west
Snipe
2 Spotted Flycatcher 1st field

pair Common Crane seen again at West Carlton mid afternoon in stubble fields (AJ)

Hobby from Wassand today – Scott Creek

14th September – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,JC)

15 Pink footed Goose west
17 Shoveler
54 Wigeon
63 Teal
2 Pochard
Goldeneye
8 Little Grebe
Great white Egret in Decoy
3 Little Egret
6+ Grey Heron
Marsh Harrier
Hobby
4 Curlew
Ruff Swan island spit
8 Dunlin west
Greenshank Swan Island spit
3 Snipe
Barn Owl
Swift
Kingfisher
Yellow Wagtail
Stonechat 1st field

Kingfisher at the Mere – Jon Lamplough

13th September – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,RL,ML)

17 Shoveler
52 Wigeon
40 Teal
8 Pochard
2 Goldeneye
12 Great crested Grebe
4 Little Grebe
Great white Egret
3 Little Egret
8 Grey Heron
3 Hobby over Swan island
Peregrine over Swan island
2+ Ringed Plover
9 Golden Plover
2 Ruff Swan island spit/Tree island
7 Dunlin west
Greenshank KP
18 Meadow Pipit south

Kingfisher at the East end of the Mere – Roy Lyon

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

27 Shoveler
54 Wigeon
45 Teal
186 Tufted Duck
8 Little Grebe
Great white Egret
4 Little Egret
6+ Grey Heron
2 Marsh Harrier
Hobby
Ringed Plover
Curlew west
15 Black tailed Godwit south
2 Ruff Swan Island spit/Tree Island
Dunlin
Greenshank Swan Island spit/Tree Island
5 Redshank south
Turnstone south
Kingfisher
9 Meadow Pipit 1st field
Yellow Wagtail 1st field

11th September – Hornsea Mere, Northside/KP/Wassand (JL,RL,ML)

Whooper Swan
14 Pintail
35 Shoveler
40 Wigeon
55 Teal
2 Garganey flew towards Decoy
7 Pochard
Great white Egret
2 Little Egret
5 Grey Heron
2+ Marsh Harrier
3+ Hobby
Peregrine
Curlew
2 Ruff KP/Tree Island
Common Sandpiper

Ruff on KP today – Jon Lamplough


Grey Heron in flight – Roy Lyon


Grey Heron – Roy Lyon


Marsh Harrier – Roy Lyon


Great White Egret at the Mere – Roy Lyon


Hobby at the Mere – Roy Lyon

10th September – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand (JL,JC)

22 Shoveler
46 Wigeon
45 Teal
Garganey east end of Swan island 07.15 am
9 Pochard
Great white Egret
2 Little Egret
6+ Grey Heron
Marsh Harrier
Hobby
Ringed Plover south
5 Common Sandpiper
Little Gull
Kingfisher
5 Yellow Wagtail 1st field
13+ Meadow Pipit

Little Egret (thru the glass) from Wassand Hide – Jeff Cox


Little Egret (thru the glass) from Wassand Hide – Jeff Cox


Little Egret (thru the glass) from Wassand Hide – Jeff Cox


Great White Egret from Wassand Hide – Jeff Cox

9th September – Hornsea Mere, East End (RL,ML,JL)

1+ Little Egret
Grey Plover
2+ Whimbrel
Ruff
Common Sandpiper
6 Dunlin west
juv Marsh Harrier
Hobby
2 Little Gull
Kingfisher
300+ House Martin

Hornsea seawatch mid afternoon 1.75hrs (RL,ML)

9 Red-throated Diver (7 on sea, 1 north, 1 south)
2 Arctic Skua south
1 Pomarine Skua south
2 Common Scoter south
good no’s Kittiwake, Sandwich Tern
2 Common Tern
3 Teal

Skua action off Hornsea included 2 Arctic’s and a Pom today – Roy Lyon


Skua action off Hornsea included 2 Arctic’s and a Pom today – Roy Lyon


Skua action off Hornsea included 2 Arctic’s and a Pom today – Roy Lyon


Skua action off Hornsea included 2 Arctic’s and a Pom today – Roy Lyon


2 Red-throated Diver on the sea off Hornsea – Roy Lyon

Rolston (GR)

of interest at Rolston this Marsh/Willow Tit was present briefly on feeders

probable Marsh Tit at Rolston – Graham Russell


probable Marsh Tit at Rolston – Graham Russell


probable Marsh Tit at Rolston – Graham Russell

7th September – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand (JL,SC)

Whooper Swan
Pintail
27 Shoveler
33 Wigeon
30 Teal
2 Garganey flew towards Decoy
6 Pochard
5 Little Egret
6 Grey Heron
Marsh Harrier
Hobby
Juvenile Peregrine
Ringed Plover
2+ Curlew
5 Common Sandpiper
6 Redshank
2 Little Gull
Swift
Kingfisher
12 Meadow Pipit
4 Flava Wagtail
Otter Wassand Hide

Pintail from KP – Jon Lamplough


Red Underwing Moth at Aldbrough – Ade Johnson

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

Whooper Swan
27 Shoveler
22 Wigeon
8 Teal
3 Garganey off Tree Island late afternoon
4 Pochard
3 Little Grebe
Great white Egret
2+ Little Egret
5+ Grey Heron
Curlew
Common Sandpiper
Redshank
2 Little Gull
Flava Wagtail

Whooper Swan from KP car park – Jon Lamplough

4th September – Hornsea seawatch (RL,ML,JL,GT), unproductive in morning, picking up from the afternoon into the evening

Shelduck 3 south
Wigeon 18 north
Teal 156 north
Common Scoter 15 north
Red-throated Diver 7 north, 2 south
Fulmar 36 north, 35 south
Manx Shearwater 16 north
Sooty Shearwater north off Grimston (TI)
Bar-tailed Godwit 3 north
Redshank 7 north
Red-necked Phalarope north 18.15 briefly alighting on the sea several times
Little Gull 13 north
Sandwich Tern 191 north
Adult & juv Roseate Tern south 18.55
Black Tern 1 north, 1 south
Bonxie 1 north, 1 south
Arctic Skua 1 north, 8 south
Black Guillemot north 15.00

pair Common Crane still at West Carlton in stubble fields (AJ)

Hornsea Mere (JH), Wassand Hide (SC)

pair Marsh Harrier
Hobby over Swan Island in am + Wassand
Great White Egret
Grey Heron

Grey Heron from Wassand Hide – Scott Creek


Great White Egret from Wassand – Scott Creek

3rd September – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,JC,BMJ)

Whooper Swan (associating with the Geese on KP during the afternoon)
51 Shoveler
33 Wigeon
90 Teal
2 Pintail
Garganey off Tree Island
8 Pochard
2 Little Grebe
Great white Egret + roosted 19:30 (LI)
4 Little Egret
6+ Grey Heron
Marsh Harrier
1+ Hobby
Peregrine
4 Golden Plover south
1+ Ringed Plover
3 Ruff Swan Island spit/Tree Island
4+ Common Sandpiper
4 Dunlin
Redshank
2 Snipe
3 Little Gull
2 Common Tern
7 Flava Wagtail over 1st/2nd field

pair Common Crane still West Carlton in stubble fields (AJ)

Linnet at the Mere today – Jeff Cox


Sedge Warbler – Jeff Cox


Sparrowhawk – Jeff Cox

2nd September – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,BMJ,RL,ML,LI)

pair Common Crane still at West Carlton in stubble fields late am (AJ)
11 Pintail + 4 in evening
42 Shoveler
38 Wigeon
280 Teal
6 Pochard
2 Little Grebe
6+ Grey Heron
Great white Egret
4 Little Egret
Marsh Harrier
Hobby over Cormorant roost + 2 in evening
Peregrine several times over Swan island
5 Avocet flew in briefly
1+ Ringed Plover
Curlew west
4+ Whimbrel west
3 Ruff Swan island spit
5+ Common Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper east end
Snipe
4 Little Gull
Juvenile Caspian Gull Swan Island spit then flew east 08:20am
6 Common Tern
Kingfisher
Redwing in 3rd field in evening (LI)
2 Whinchat Heslops

Teal at the Mere, several hundred passed through the Mere in the last week – Jon Lamplough

Hornsea seawatch (passing south) 14:00 (RL,ML)

8 Arctic Skua (6 harrying Kittiwakes + 2 south)
60 Teal
12 Pintail
2 imm/fem Eider

Marsh Harriers from Wassand Hide – John Sanders


Marsh Harrier in Wassand/Decoy Bay – John Sanders


Great White Egret in flight – John Sanders

1st September – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,BMJ,LB)

Whooper Swan
3 Pintail
28 Shoveler
21 Wigeon
220 Teal
1+ Garganey
11 Pochard
2 Little Grebe
6+ Grey Heron
Great white Egret
3 Little Egret
3 Hobby over Tree Island
Peregrine over Swan island
16 Golden Plover west
2 Ruff Swan Island spit
3+ Common Sandpiper
Curlew south
Greenshank west
2 Little Gull
Flava Wagtail
Grey Wagtail KP

Far Grange seawatch (JH)

2 Red-throated Diver
32 Teal
Pomarine Skua south 13:50
2 Arctic Skua harrying Kittiwake 14:39

pair Common Crane still in stubble fields at West Carlton (AJ)

1+ Garganey at the Mere today- Jon Lamplough


1+ Garganey today at the Mere associating with Teal – Jon Lamplough

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