Hornsea Mere Bird List Swans-Duck

Mute Swan – Resident

1981 162 12th July-22nd Sept
1982 160 July
1983 141 31st July
1984 161 late July
1985 165 early August
1986 144 10th July
1987 147 26th August
1989 190 10th August
1990 201 20th July
1992 255 7th July
1993 287 8th August
1996 350 August
2006 325 July
2007 290 September
2009 318 in July

Whooper Swan – Scarce winter/passage vagrant

1983 48 11th-12th March
1988 11 28th Oct, 4 27th Nov, 5 5th Dec
1989 6 26th Nov
1990 16 29th Nov, 7 3rd Dec
1997 3 25th Jan
2005 13 Jan-April
2006 4 27th Jan, 10 5th Feb, 13 10th Feb, 6 25th Feb, 6 4th March, 1 26th March, 3 December
2009 5 16th Oct, 35 28th Nov

Bewicks Swan – Rare winter/passage vagrant

1983 17 16th November
1990 2 25th Oct, 11 14th November, 10 24th November
2005 reported 12th February

Bean Goose – Rare winter vagrant

40+ Bean geese between 1959-1992
1983 2 13th March
1989 2 colour ringed birds (escapes?) late April/early May
1990 1 28th December
1996 1 2nd January
2006 2 ‘Tundra’ Bean geese 1st Feb-5th March
2008 1 ‘Tundra’ Bean goose 1st March-26th-April
2011 a minimum of 18 early Dec (and a max of 35 21st Dec) birds present throughout till Feb/March 2012 contained at least one Taiga Bean goose

Tundra Bean Goose 17/03/08 - Ade Johnson

Tundra Bean Goose 17/03/08 – Ade Johnson

Pink footed Goose – Regular winter/passage vagrant

Pink-footed Geese 25/02/09 - Ade Johnson

Pink-footed Geese 25/02/09 – Ade Johnson

White fronted Goose – Scarce winter vagrant

8 birds present 19th Nov 1970 were of the Greenland race,
19 in February early March 1985 of which 4 were of the Greenland race.
1981 1 10th-15th March
1982 3 3rd Jan, 2 4th Jan, 3 7th-14th Feb
1984 6 11th November
1985 19 Feb/March
1986 1 2nd-5th Jan, 1 10th December
1987 1 31st Jan & 4 days in Feb, 17 10th Feb, 3 on 13th Feb, 7 18th Feb
1988 5 7th Jan, 11 17th Feb, 17 18th-20th Feb
1989 17 15th Feb, 5 10th November
1990 5 11th Feb
1992 2 10th May, 1 14th May, 4 28th June, 6 2nd July, 9 16th July, 6 20th July
1996 24 7th Jan, 27 13th Jan
2006 1 13th Feb-5th March, 1 12th November, 5 21st-22nd November, 1 23rd November
2012 goose influx included a count of 176 Eurasian birds
2013 6 16th Jan, 4 19th Feb

Lesser White fronted Goose – Rare vagrant

1 24th April-10th May 1977
1 sub-adult 1st July-6th Aug 1993 joined by an adult on last date

Snow Goose – Rare

10 ‘white phase’ in off sea 22nd Sept 1984, present on Mere from 24th Sept-5th Oct
4 27th December 1985
2 7th June 1995

Greylag Goose – Resident

Canada Goose – Resident

Barnacle Goose – Regular winter visitor

Maybe a feral flock but has contained ‘wild’ ringed birds.
A bird present 21st Oct-2nd Nov 1980 had been ringed in Spitzbergen as an adult 23rd July 1977
1 bird present 23rd Dec 2008-23rd Jan 2009 wore a yellow darvic ring inscribed ACA, and was originally ringed as a 1st year in Svalbard.
Pair’s bred in 1986, 1987 and 1997

Dark bellied Brent Goose – Rare vagrant

9 records of 38 birds in total, including a flyover of 20 birds

2005 1 16th Jan, 1 10th Oct, 1 1st December

Red breasted Goose – 1 record

1984 1 recorded 16th-18th March (escape)

Egyptian Goose – Occasional vagrant, increasingly annual

Egyptian Goose 29/11/11 - Ade Johnson

Egyptian Goose 29/11/11 – Ade Johnson

Shelduck – Regular vagrant

Ruddy Shelduck – scarce vagrant

2008 3 6th Sept, 1 19th Sept
2009 1 with Barnacle Goose flock 24th Dec-9th Jan 2010
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Mandarin Duck – Rare vagrant, annual, tainted by captive birds

1983 1 drk 9th June
2002 1 pair 20th April
2005 1 pair 24th April-4th May
2012 2 drks May 31st Kirkholme Point

Mandarin Duck 07/09/10 - Ade Johnson

Mandarin Duck 07/09/10 – Ade Johnson

Wigeon – Resident

1982 634 6th Jan, 493 6th Dec
1983 513 9th Jan
1986 455 8th Feb
1987 860 25th Jan
1988 780 17th Jan
1989 660 12th Jan
1990 950 6th Oct
2006 610 February
2009 418 January
2012 550 3rd Feb, 650 19th Feb

Gadwall – Resident

1981 129 14th Jan, 201 14th November
1983 210 12th Feb, 225 5th Dec
1984 230 21st Oct
1985 256 6th Oct, 266 26th Oct
1986 212 29th Nov
1987 281 15th November (then Yorks Record)
1992 242 14th Nov
2009 135 Sept

Eurasian Teal – Resident

1982 701 30th Nov
1983 625 9th Jan
1990 720 7th Feb
2009 385 Sept

Green winged Teal – Rare vagrant

1969 1 drk 8th March
1990 1 drk 7th April-5th May
1998 1 drk 15th March
2002 1 drk 16th Feb
2003 1 drk 1st Feb-24th March
2012 1 drk 22nd April-at least till 24th April

Blue winged Teal – Rare, 2 records

1974 1 female 7th April-26th August
1980 1 female 16th November

Mallard – Resident

1982 2000 13th Nov
1983 1000 July/Aug
1984 2000 Sept
1985 2500 Dec
2009 315 Oct

Pintail – Winter vagrant/passage migrant

1983 1 June, 22 24th Sept
1984 12 13th Oct
1990 26 26th Sept, 32 27th Oct
2007 16 September
2009 singles in Aug, Sept, 8 in Dec

Pintails 26/02/09 - Ade Johnson

Pintails 26/02/09 – Ade Johnson

Garganey – Spring/Summer vagrant

1984 1-2 birds on 6 dates
1985 2 27th-28th July
1987 single reported
1988 single on several dates
1990 1-2 seen
1991 1-2 during Spring
1992 1 drk 16th Feb-1st March, 1-2 until May
1997 pair in May
2005 pair in April
2008 singles in May
2009 1 drk 18th Jan-18th March, 1 juv 17th Sept

Garganey 25/05/06 - Ade Johnson

Garganey 25/05/06 – Ade Johnson

Garganey 26/03/09 - Ade Johnson

Garganey 26/03/09 – Ade Johnson

Shoveler – Resident

1981 85 17th Nov
1982 56 13th Jan, 109 24th Dec
1983 84 5th Dec
1984 155 13th Oct
1985 107 17th Nov
1990 102 26th Sept
1992 168 12th Jan
1997 385 (Mere Record) no date
2009 87 Jan

Red crested Pochard – Occasional vagrant

31 birds in 33 years between 1959-1992

1982 1 25th Sept, 3rd Oct, 6th Nov
1983 1 drk 19th-21st May, 1 5th-12th Nov, 2 drks 13th Nov, pair 14th Nov
1989 1 fem 9th-12th Aug
1990 1 14th Aug-7th Oct, 3 24th Oct, 2 25th Nov
1992 1 fem 12th-23rd Jan, 1 drk 10th May-2nd Aug, 1 drk 17th Sept, pair 8th-14th Nov
1993 1 7th Feb, 2nd Sept, 3rd Oct, 2 14th Sept, 7th Oct, 3 18th Oct, 4 5th-12th Dec
1994 3 drks & a fem 1st Jan-20th Feb
2001 1 fem 17th-20th Aug
2005 1 drk 26th Oct-6th Nov
2008 1drk 8th Feb, 1 drk 20th-21st Dec

Pochard – Resident

1981 475 17th Jan
1982 638 9th Nov
1983 285 Jan
1984 730 29th Sept
1987 960 October
1992 886 12th Jan
1993 628 18th Oct
2007 710 Jan
2008 650 Feb
2009 367 Jan

Lesser Scaup – Rare, 4 records

2003 1st winter drk 11th Jan-1stFeb
2005 13th Nov-16th Jan 2006
2009 1 drk 13th-22nd April

Lesser Scaup 13/11/05 - Ade Johnson

Lesser Scaup 13/11/05 – Ade Johnson

Lesser Scaup 13/11/05 - Ade Johnson

Lesser Scaup 13/11/05 – Ade Johnson

Lesser Scaup 13/11/05

Lesser Scaup 13/11/05

Common Scoter – Occasional winter vagrant/passage vagrant

1984 1 15th April
1986 5 10th-12th April
1988 12 12th Sept
1989 2 3rd April, 10 25th May, 1 30th Oct
1992 1 19th April, 1 4th July
2006 1 26th April
2008 1 25th July
2009 3 (1 drk, 2 fems) 16th April
2012 11 drks 17th March

Velvet Scoter – Rare winter vagrant, 6 records

1983 2 recorded 23rd April
1984 1 recorded 15th and 24th November
1985 1 female 30th November

latest record long staying female 9th Dec 2012-mid Jan 2013

Ring necked Duck – Rare vagrant

1976 1 drk 28th April-15th May
1978 drk several dates early months, then from 22nd April-15th May
1979 1 drk 31st March, 19th-24th April, 9th & 20th Aug
1981 1 drk 18th-26th Jan, 16th November
1983 1 drk 26th Feb, 18th June
1986 1 drk 1st-4th Oct
1991 1 drk 25th May
1992 1 drk 5th April-2nd May
1995 1 drk 2nd-4th June

Ferruginous Duck – Rare vagrant

6 records between 1959-1992
2007 juv fem 22nd-29th Aug

Ferruginous Duck 24/08/07 - Ade Johnson

Ferruginous Duck 24/08/07 – Ade Johnson

Ferruginous Duck 24/08/07 - Ade Johnson

Ferruginous Duck 24/08/07 – Ade Johnson

Ferruginous Duck 24/08/07 - Ade Johnson

Ferruginous Duck 24/08/07 – Ade Johnson

Tufted Duck – Resident

1981 350 12th April, 379 17th Nov
1982 577 24th November
1983 347 in January, 484 1st August
1984 845 14th Oct
1985 697 20th Oct
1987 775 19th Sept
1990 780 6th Oct
1992 660 Dec
1993 544 18th Oct
2006 640 March

Scaup – Regular winter/passage vagrant

1983 7 21st Feb-7th May
1985 3 10th April-223rd May
1987 4 8th November
1988 4 17th Jan, 6 17th July
1989 singles Jan,April & Aug, 2 in May, 3 November
1990 12 29th November
1992 pair 12th Jan
2005 1 fem 3rd Feb, 2 fem 27th-28th March, 1 8th Nov-1st Dec, 9 30th Nov, 6 16th Dec
2007 1 20th Sept, 2 30th Sept
2009 2 29th Sept, 1 8th Dec, 4 14th Dec, 1 19th Dec

Long tailed Duck – Occasional winter vagrant

87 birds recorded between 1959-1992

1981 1 17th-18th Oct, 1st Nov, 19th-31st Dec
1984 1-2 27th Oct-8th Dec
1985 1 1st Jan-4th May, 1-3 24th Nov-1st Dec
1986 1 16th Nov
1988 1 pair 2nd July, 3 5th Nov, 5 6th Nov, 3 10th-17th Nov
1989 2 19th Feb-2nd May
1991 1 November
1992 1 fem 23rd Jan
1993 1 17th April, 27th-31st Dec
1994 2 22nd Jan
1998 1 11th Aug
1999 1 9th-21st Jan
2001 1 6th-17th Jan, 28th Jan, 20th-21st Feb
2003 1 6th Jan
2006 1 12th Feb, 2 19th Feb-1st May
2007 1 25th Nov-31st Dec
2008 1 13th Jan, 2 1st March-20th April, 1 20th Oct

Goldeneye – Regular winter/passage vagrant

1981 180 12th April
1982 228 29th March
1983 290 3rd April
1984 180 21st March
1985 251 9th April
1986 363 10th April
1987 432 5th April
1989 356 27th March
1990 312 5th April
1992 414 28th March
1993 294 April
1995 140 19th March
1997 523 March
2006 486 March

Smew – Scarce winter vagrant

130 historical records

1981 1 23rd-31st Dec
1982 1 from 1981-16th March
1985 1 22nd Jan, 4 drks 26th Jan, 7 9th Feb, 8 16th Feb dropping to 5 3rd March
1986 1 drk 26th Jan, 1 fem 23rd-24th Feb, pair 8th March, 2 pair 9th March
1987 1 7th Jan, 1 25th Jan, 2 pair 31st March, 3 drks 8th March
1988 1 7th Feb
1989 1 redhead 31st March-1st April
1990 1 23rd Dec
1992 1 redhead 14th-20th Dec
1993 1 22nd March, 1 5th Dec
1994 2 redheads 19th Feb
1996 2 February
2005 4 14th Jan
2006 2 redheads 5th Feb, 1 drk 19th Feb
2008 2 11th February
2012 1 drk 10th Nov

Smew 03/03/06 - Ade Johnson

Smew 03/03/06 – Ade Johnson

Common Eider – Rare, 3-4 sightings

1982 9th January

Goosander – Regular vagrant

Red breasted Merganser – Scarce vagrant

2007 5 27th May

Ruddy Duck – Resident

1984 possibly bred
1990 10 ‘during Autumn’
1992 3 pairs bred
1997 13 5th October
2005 78 8th February
2006 110 December
2007 74 January, 31 November
2008 39 February, 37 November, 59 December

Ruddy Duck 27/02/05 - Ade Johnson

Ruddy Duck 27/02/05 – Ade Johnson

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