Hornsea Mere Bird List Divers-Spoonbill

Red throated Diver – Occasional winter vagrant

The Mere and Tophill account for 25% of all inland Yorks records.

1981  1 record 4th-12th April
1982  1 record 18th December
1983  singles in February and March both oiled and found dead. 1 record in November
1985 20th-24th February
1986  1 record of an oiled individual 6th December
1987 recorded 21st-28th Feb and 14th March
1988 1 record 6th-7th February
1990 1 record 3rd February-18th March
1996 2 records 28th January and 25th February
2007 1 record 23rd November-12th December
2008 presumed same bird from 07, 1st Jan- mid February
2010 1 record 3rd-27th April.

Black throated Diver – Rare vagrant

1981 1 record between 31st Jan-14th March ; 1 record 1st Dec 2005

Great northern Diver – Rare vagrant, 5 records

2013 1 juv 19th Feb
2016 juvenile 7th Jan

Great-northern Diver - Ade Johnson

Great-northern Diver – Ade Johnson

Little Grebe – Resident

Great crested Grebe – Resident

Red necked Grebe – Scarce winter/passage vagrant

51 birds between 1959-1992 with 3 on 3 occasions

1981 19th Sept, 3rd Oct, 14th Nov, 6th-8th Dec
1982 2 27th Sept, 1-3 present till year end
1983 1-2 early months, 1 bird till 12th July
1985 1 record early in year
1986 1 16th-20th May and 29th-31st May;
1987 1 26th Jan
1988 2 records 30th Oct and 6th Nov
1989 1 record 5th Aug-5th Sept
1990 2 records 5th Aug and 4th Sept
1992 1 record 6th Oct
1996 1 record 25th Feb
1999 8th May 2 13th Dec
2001 1 record 21st Oct
2003 28th Jan, 28th Dec
2004 juv 8th-10th Sept + 30th Sept-3rd Oct, adult 26th Oct + 19th Oct 2006 17th Jan, 2nd Feb, 25th-26th Feb, 12th March, 11th-27th Oct
2007 juv 26th Aug-31st Oct
2011 2 Sept, 1 10th Dec

Red-necked Grebe 16/10/06 - Ade Johnson

Red-necked Grebe 16/10/06 – Ade Johnson

Slavonian Grebe – Scarce winter/passage vagrant

71 records 1959-1992. The Mere constitutes a third of all Yorkshire freshwater records.

1982 1 record 25th-26th July, 1 7th Nov-1st Dec
1984 1 record 5th-17th Nov
1985 1 16th-24th Nov, 2 17th Nov
1986 1 record 2nd March, 9th-13th April
1987 1 record 3rd Oct, 1 7th Nov
1988 1 record 20th April
1989 1 record 15th-18th Nov, 1 3rd-31st Dec
1991 1 record 2nd Feb
1992 1 record 29th April-5th May
1993 1 record 22nd Aug
1996 recorded 2nd-5th-15th Feb
1997 1 record 5th Jan, 13th-31st Jan
1998 1 record 16th Nov
2001 1 record 1st Dec
2002 1 record 12th-19th Jan
2005 1 23rd Sept, 1 15th Dec
2006 1 24th Sept with 2 on 25th-26th and 4 8th Oct, 3 20th Oct and 2 29th Oct, 1 16th-21st Nov
2007 1 23rd-24th Jan, adult 13th Sept-12th Nov, juv 16th-21st Sept
2008 1 record 1st-3rd Oct, 2 16th Oct

Slavonian Grebe 19/11/11 - Ade Johnson

Slavonian Grebe 19/11/11 – Ade Johnson

Black necked Grebe – Annual Spring-Autumn vagrant

97 records between 1959-1992. Around 20% of Yorkshire inland records are from the Mere.

1982 1 31st March-1st April, 2-3 birds present 23rd-30th Aug
1983 1 record 27th March-4th April
1984 1 17th and 18th March, 1 9th-20th June, 3 2nd Sept, 1 16th-18th Sept
1985 1 17th April, 3 on 20th April, 1 21st April, 2 18th-19th, 1 1st June, 1 2nd Sept
1986 1 record 22nd April
1987 2 5th April
1988 4 7th Aug with 3 till 12th Aug and 2 till 24th Aug, 1 11th Sept, and 2 24th-28th Oct
1989 1 record 6th-8th April, pair displaying 16th-18th April, 1 11th-15th May, 3 22nd May, 1 juv 7th-12th Aug, 8 15th-16th Aug, 1 9th Oct
1990 2 21st-22nd May, 4 15th July, 1 12th Aug, 2 2nd-5th Sept, 4 7th-9th Sept
1993 1 on 7th-9th March, 10th-11th April, 17th April, 2 8th July
1995 2 on 7th May
1997 2 seen regularly thru May
1998 2 22nd April rose to 3 on 23rd, juv 7th Nov
1999 3 9th-11th April, 3 17th-19th Aug, 2 3rd Nov
2000 1 30th Jan-20th Feb, 1 24th Aug, 2 22nd Sept rose to 3 on 23rd Sept, 1 remained until 24th Oct
2001 1 record 15th-16th May
2002 1 record 4th-5th May, 1 24th Sept
2003 1 record 2nd-25th May, adult 17th July, 3 4th Aug, 1 13th Oct
2005 1 20th May, 2 22nd-27th Sept, 1 4th Dec
2006 1 29th March, 2 7th-17th April, 4 26th April with 2 remaining till 12th May, 3 30th May, 1 23rd June, 1 6th-21st Sept, 1 24th Sept-3rd Oct, 1 9th-12th Oct, 1 18th Dec
2007 1 20th May
2008 1 21st-23rd March, 2 18th Sept-18th Oct
2009 1 31st March, 1 19th April, 4 15th May, 1 13th Sept, 1 21st-22nd Sept

Fulmar – Rare, 10 sightings

Gannet – Rare, 3 records

latest 8th-10th May 2010 (photographed) + 30th Sept-1st Oct 2013

Cormorant – Resident

2009 158 Jan
2013 332 19th Feb

Shag – Rare, 3-4 sightings (no dates)

Bittern – Scarce winter visitor

Between 1959-1992 the Mere was the most reliable county site for the species with 46 records in 33 years.

1982 1 in late Dec
1983 1 6th Feb-5th March, 1 from 2nd Nov-31st Dec
1984 2 2nd-18th Jan, 1 21st Feb-4th March, 1 4th March, 1 15th Nov
1985 records from 2nd-17th Feb, 10th March, 2nd Oct
1986 1 on seven dates between 4th Jan-8th March, 2 on 27th Feb
1987 2 on 1st Feb, 1 17th Jan, 1 9th-22nd Dec
1988 1 recorded on several dates between 10th Jan-9th March, 1 from 5th Oct till year end
1989 1 15th Jan, 1 26th Feb, 1 1st Nov
1990 1 regularly seen Jan-March, 2 22nd Nov, 1 recorded in Dec
1992 2 23rd Jan, 1 26th Jan-15th March, 1 10th Nov-28th Dec
1993 singles recorded Jan-Feb, Nov-Dec
1997 1 10th Dec
1999 1 Jan-March
2001 1 28th-29th Jan, 1 8th Oct
2002 1 19th Sept, 2nd and 23rd Oct, 1 19th Dec
2003 1 5th Feb
2005 1 29th Oct
2006 1 17th Feb, 1 1st May
2010 1 seen early Nov
2011 1 several dates from 2nd Jan
2013 2 seen Jan early Feb till 20th

Little Bittern – 1 record

1 male seen 29th May-11th June 1977 (G.R Bennett, R.G Hawley)

Cattle Egret – 2 records

1986 1 “flew west” 30th Sept
1992 1 adult 6th-16th May

Cattle Egret - John Harriman

Cattle Egret – John Harriman

Little Egret – scarce visitor, increasing annual records

1st record 30th May 1976

Great White Egret – Rare vagrant

1st record, present for several weeks in 1825, eventually caught

2006 1 8th-11th June Decoy Bay/West End
2009 1 evening 26th-28thAug in Decoy Bay
2011 1 1st Oct in Decoy Bay

Great White Egret 08/06/06 - Ade Johnson

Great White Egret 08/06/06 – Ade Johnson

Grey Heron – Resident

Purple Heron – Rare, 2 records

1862 1 recorded from July
1972 1 immature 26th Aug-4th Oct

Glossy Ibis – Rare, 3 records

1st record 15th Oct 1909
1976 1 “flew over” 15th May
2011 13th Oct 1 present late afternoon on “Tree Island” off Swan Island (Lee Ives)

Glossy Ibis 13/10/11 - Ade Johnson

Glossy Ibis 13/10/11 – Ade Johnson

Glossy Ibis 13/10/11 - Ade Johnson

Glossy Ibis 13/10/11 – Ade Johnson

Spoonbill – Rare vagrant

Between 1958-1992 the Mere produced 9 records in 34 years.

1958 1st record 27th May
1981 1 adult on 4 occasions between 6th-21st June
1984 1st Dec-7th Dec, 1 immature found exhausted at Rise Park, and released at the Mere
1986 1 21st April
2005 1 15th May
2007 2 ‘north’ 15th May
2009 22nd May 1 flew south over 1st field
2011 14,15th May 1 around Tree Island
2011 May 2 flew low north (MR,GB)

Spoonbill 09/05/11 - Ade Johnson

Spoonbill 09/05/11 – Ade Johnson

Spoonbill 09/05/11 - Ade Johnson

Spoonbill 09/05/11 – Ade Johnson

White Stork – Rare, 1 record

1983 1 on the morning of 1st October


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