May Sightings

31st May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,TM,MR,JC)

no sign of the drake Baikal Teal
drake Mandarin
2 Wigeon
drake Teal
Little Egret
3+ Common Tern
2 Cuckoo
2 Yellow Wagtail

male Montagu’s Harrier through south at Aldbrough/East Newton mid afternoon (AJ)

Broad-bodied Chaser at Cowden


Meadow Pipit at Cowden


Common Blue from around the Mere – Justin Foradip

30th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,MR,LB)

drake Baikal Teal till mid afternoon at least around buoy 7 west of Swan Island
2+ Wigeon
10 Pochard
11 Great Crested Grebe
Barn Owl
Tawny Owl
1+ Hobby
3+ Common Tern
1+ Cuckoo
Yellow Wagtail

Baikal Teal on the Mere today – Jon Lamplough


Baikal Teal favouring the west end of Swan Island this afternoon – Jon Lamplough


Baikal Teal favouring the west end of Swan Island this afternoon – Jon Lamplough


Phonescoped Tawny Owl near the Mere


aerial Hobby over KP


male Marsh Harrier over 2nd Field


Great Spotted Woodpecker from around the Mere – Justin Foradip

29th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,MR,LB)

drake Baikal Teal on Swan Island to late morning at least
5 Teal
11 Pochard
Little Egret
Barn Owl
1+ Hobby
3+ Common Tern
2 Cuckoo
Grass Snake in 1st Field

Baikal Teal 28/05 on Swan Island – Jon Lamplough


Swallow over 1st Field


Little Egret off 1st Field

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

Shoveler
2 Wigeon
3 Teal
drake Baikal Teal on Swan Island mid to late morning at least
9 Pochard
Fulmar blogging during the morning
Little Egret
Barn Owl
2 Hobby
Dunlin east
Common Sandpiper
3 Common Tern
2 Yellow Wagtail
Otter

Barn Owl over 2nd Field – Bill Harkleroad

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

4 Wigeon
11 Teal
drake Baikal Teal mobile between Swan island and Decoy
4 Pochard
Fulmar high over Swan island 8.37
Honey Buzzard flew south east over Swan island 8.55
Hobby
4 Ringed Plover west
5 Dunlin west
Common Sandpiper Swan Island
Curlew west
3+ Common Tern

Honey Buzzard also south over Aldbrough late morning (AJ) and Grimston shortly after (TI)

Tree Sparrow in 1st Field – Steve Mason


Willow Warbler in Wassand – Steve Mason

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

Barnacle Goose
Shelduck
4 Shoveler
4 Wigeon
4 Teal
drake Baikal Teal off Swan island during the morning before moving to Decoy
10 Great crested Grebe
2+ Hobby
Greenshank
2cy Mediterranean Gull
3+ Common Tern

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

2 Shelduck
drake Baikal Teal west of Swan Island during the morning, flew to Decoy midday
Teal
4 Wigeon
Little Egret
1+ Hobby
2 Common Sandpiper Swan Island
3+ Common Tern
Otter

Baikal Teal in flight from Wassand – John Sanders


Baikal Teal in Wassand – Alan Elkin


Baikal Teal in Wassand – Alan Elkin


Baikal Teal in Wassand – Alan Elkin

24th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside (JL)

drake Baikal Teal associating with drake Wigeon, till 20:39 at least off west end of Swan Island
Little Egret
6 Dunlin
Redshank
3+ Common Tern

drake Baikal Teal on the Mere – Jon Lamplough


drake Baikal Teal with the drake Wigeon – Roy Lyon


drake Baikal Teal at the west end of the Mere – Roy Lyon


drake Baikal Teal – Roy Lyon


drake Baikal Teal – Roy Lyon


Mute Swans from Wassand – Steve Mason

23rd May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL)

Pochard
Goldeneye
2 Little Egret
2+ Hobby
Common Sandpiper
5 Common Tern
Otter

male Marsh Harrier in Wassand – Steve Mason


Fox in Wassand – Steve Mason

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

7 Grey Heron (3 from KP, 4 flew high west)
drake Garganey from KP till late morning then flew west
3+ Pochard
5+ Common Tern
Red Kite high over Cowden/Aldbrough (AJ)
3+ Hobby
Barn Owl at Southorpe + Mappleton
Green Woodpecker at Southorpe

Common Tern off 2nd Field


Barn Owl at Mappleton

21st May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,MR)

2 drake Garganey from northside of KP from mid morning
5+ Common Tern
4 Pochard
4 Wigeon
1+ Hobby
fem Ring Ouzel back on 1st field edge till 08:40

Ring Ouzel early morning 1st Field edge – Jon Lamplough


2 drake Garganey from KP – Jon Lamplough


2 drake Garganey off KP carpark

20th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,TM,JC,MR)

5 Shelduck
drake Garganey KP
drake Mandarin
Little Egret
3 Red Kite – 1 circling over the west end was soon joined by another 2, all 3 eventually heading SSE over 2nd Field around 12:30. The second observation of 3 birds together over the Mere this year.
Peregrine west
3 Hobby
4 Oystercatcher north
2 Common Sandpiper 1st field
5+ Common Tern
Cuckoo
fem Ring Ouzel briefly in 1st Field mid afternoon
Spotted Flycatcher in Wassand

Grasshopper Warbler at South Cliffs
3 Oystercatcher
Barn Owl

Ring Ouzel 1st Field edge


Ring Ouzel off east sharpish


Oystercatchers over South Cliffs – Jeff Cox


Water Vole – Jeff Cox

19th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Wassand (JL,JC,MR,BH)

drake Garganey north side of KP
4 Wigeon
4 Pochard
fem Goldeneye
drake Mandarin
Little Egret
Common Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper 1st field then flew south
Curlew west
Cuckoo
Green Woodpecker
Otter off Swan island

Skylark at Southorpe – Bill Harkleroad

18th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL)

2 Shelduck
drake Garganey north side of KP
Little Egret
Hobby
Common Sandpiper 1st field
Greenshank 1st field
4+ Common Tern

Tunstall – (GT,AJ)

sum’plumaged Water Pipit
Wood Sandpiper

Greenshank off 1st Field – Jon Lamplough


Hobby at the Mere – Steve Mason


Wigeon at the Mere – Jon Lamplough

17th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JC,JL)

drake Garganey northside of KP
4 Wigeon
Hobby
Kestrel
Barn Owl
3+ Common Tern
Great Spotted Woodpecker
1+ Common Sandpiper 1st Field/KP
Dunlin 1st Field
2 Cuckoo

Common Sandpiper – Jeff Cox

Great Spotted Woodpecker – Jeff Cox

1 of 2 Cuckoo around Heslop’s – Jeff Cox

female Orange Tip – Justin Foradip

16th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL)

drake Garganey off KP
Little Egret
Common Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper 1st field edge, then flew east 05.17
2cy Little Gull east
2+ Common Tern
25 Arctic Tern east
Cuckoo

drake Garganey off the northside of KP – Jon Lamplough


drake Garganey off the northside of KP – Jon Lamplough

15th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,MR,LB,TI)

Pink-footed Goose
drake Garganey KP then flew west
7 Wigeon
2 Hobby
3 Ruff west
2+ Common Sandpiper
Greenshank south
2+ Common Tern
Cuckoo
Yellow Wagtail

2 Spoonbill high south over Grimston early morning (SW)

drake Garganey off KP this morning


Holly Blue from Aldbrough – Ade Johnson


1 of 2 Avocet south off Cowden

14th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP (JL,MR,LB)

1 Pink-footed Goose
1 Barnacle Goose late morning then west
Shelduck
3 Pochard
Hobby
3 Oystercatcher chicks Swan Island (MI)
Common Sandpiper
Greenshank
4+ Common Tern
Wheatear 1st field

Wheatear in 1st Field – Jon Lamplough


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Reed Bunting 1st Field – Bill Harkleroad

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

2 Shelduck
Red Kite high south 9:45 (possibly same bird through west at Grimston 10:30,TI)
Common Buzzard high NW
Hobby
6 Oystercatcher
Common Sandpiper 1st Field
Dunlin west
Redshank
6 Black-tailed Godwit south
2 Common Tern
2 Cuckoo

Hobby high over 3rd Field/Heslop’s


even higher Red Kite over the Mere

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

3 Pink-footed Goose
2 Shelduck
Little Egret
Common Sandpiper
4+ Common Tern
1+ Cuckoo

Whitethroat along the Southside


Sedge Warbler in 1st Field


Common Sandpiper off 1st Field

11th May – Cowden (LI,JL)

a stunning adult Brown Shrike found mid-afternoon in the coastal scrub at Cowden

adult Brown Shrike at Cowden – MR


adult Brown Shrike at Cowden – MR


adult Brown Shrike at Cowden – MR


adult Brown Shrike at Cowden – MR


adult Brown Shrike at Cowden – MR


adult Brown Shrike at Cowden – MR


adult Brown Shrike at Cowden – Roy Lyon


adult Brown Shrike at Cowden – Roy Lyon


adult Brown Shrike at Cowden – Roy Lyon

Hornsea Mere – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,MR,JC,RL)

3 Pink-footed Goose
2 Shelduck
4 Little Egret including 3 north
8+ Buzzard
2 Hobby
Ringed Plover
Curlew west
1+ Cuckoo
4 Jay in Wassand
Green Woodpecker
Turtle Dove between Cowden and Withernwick in evening
Garden Warbler in Wassand and Southorpe Road
Otter

Jays in Wassand – Roy Lyon


Common Frog in Wassand – Jeff Cox


Stock Dove over 1st Field – Bill Harkleroad


Chiffchaff down Southorpe – Bill Harkleroad

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

3 Pink-footed Goose
Wigeon
3 Goldeneye
9 Great crested Grebe
3+ Common Sandpiper
6+ Common Tern
2 Black Tern
Cuckoo
Grasshopper Warbler reeling Wassand (also on 5th)
Flava Wagtail south

House Martin in 1st Field – Jon Lamplough

9th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,JC,LI)

Goldeneye
Grey Plover west
6+ Common Sandpiper Tree Island/KP
2 Dunlin
2 Redshank
1 Greenshank
Whimbrel north
2 Sandwich Tern off KP/Swan island
6+ Common Tern
6 Arctic Tern east
9+ Black Tern off Swan island in morning, 11 in evening
Kingfisher
c120 Swallow
c40 Sand Martin

Black Tern over the Mere this morning – Jon Lamplough


Black Tern at the Mere – Alan Elkin


early morning Black Tern in the gloom – Jeff Cox


Black Tern over the Mere – Bill Harkleroad

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

5 Shelduck
Little Egret
Dunlin 1st Field
14+ Common Sandpiper 1st Field/KP
Curlew
2 Black-tailed Godwit east
2 Sandwich Tern early morning on a buoy off KP
5+ Common Tern
10 Arctic Tern east
6 Black Tern (3 flew high east at 6.50, 3 feeding over the mere late afternoon)

7th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,LB)

2 Pink-footed Goose
Shelduck
drake Garganey Swan Island/KP
Hobby
Common Sandpiper KP
12 Redshank “blogging”
Whimbrel
Curlew
3 Common Tern
2 Barn Owl
Grey Wagtail KP

Hobby over the Mere – Jon Lamplough


Hobby over the Mere – Jon Lamplough

6th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,TM,LB)

3 Pink-footed Goose
Shelduck
Wigeon
4 Pochard
3+ Grey Heron
3 Little Egret north
Hobby
Common Sandpiper KP
Whimbrel east
Sandwich Tern KP jetties area
5 Common Tern
Yellow Wagtail

Sandwich Tern around KP today – Jon Lamplough

Sandwich Tern around KP today – Jon Lamplough


Sandwich Tern around KP today – Jon Lamplough

5th May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,JC,MR,BH)

3 White-fronted Goose
2 Pink-footed Goose
Bar-headed Goose west
Shelduck
5 Teal
Hobby
3 Common Sandpiper
Redshank
5 Common Tern
120+ Swift late morning
2 Cuckoo
4 Shoveler
2 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
8+ Great Crested Grebe

ad White-fronted Goose in 2nd Field – Bill Harkleroad


3 Russian White-fronts over Heslop’s – Bill Harkleroad

May The Fourth Be With You – Hornsea Mere, Southside/Northside/Darkside (JL,DV,LS)

3 White-fronted Goose
2 Pink-footed Goose
Shelduck
1+ Hobby
2 Common Tern
8 Arctic Tern ‘moved along’ east

Great Crested Grebe on the Mere – Jon Lamplough


Ewok ‘on the draw’ from the Mere woods – Jango Fett

3rd May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,MR,JC,LI)

3 White-fronted Goose
2 Pink-footed Goose
5 Shelduck
drake Garganey off Swan + Tree Island/KP
Common Sandpiper
Curlew
Snipe
Whimbrel south
Marsh Harrier
40+ Swift
c250 Sand Martin
c150 Swallow
c30 House Martin

Common Swift from a drizzly KP – Bill Harkleroad


Swallow from 1st Field – Bill Harkleroad


3 Russian White-fronts + Pink-feet south of Heslop’s – Justin Foradip


Roe Deer here on the fringes of the Mere – Roy Harper


bedraggled Hare – Jeff Cox

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

3 White-fronted Goose
2 Pink-footed Goose
Shelduck
Little Egret east
2 Dunlin west
2 Common Sandpiper
Black-tailed Godwit west
6+ Common Tern
Barn Owl
40+ Swift

Goldfinch – Steve Mason


singing Blackcap – Steve Mason

1st May – Hornsea Mere, Southside/KP/Northside (JL,JC,MR,LB)

2 White-fronted Goose
2 Pink-footed Goose
pair Little Grebe
Shelduck
3 Goosander flew west over Seaton
9 Oystercatcher (8+1)
2 Common Tern
3 Marsh Harrier
Barn Owl
Cuckoo
fem Wheatear 1st Field
14 Swift

Whitethroat, plenty of common Warblers round the Mere – Jeff Cox


Lesser Whitethroat – Jeff Cox

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