Sunday, September 11, 2005

Spurn - 11th Sept 2005.

This fine Roe Deer was nr the coastguard tower at the point.
Wryneck in the triangle, viewed from Canal Zone.

Wryneck by Post 68, Wire Dump.

Pied Flycatcher and male Common Redstart in the Privets by the Coastgauard Tower at the Point.

Pied Flycatcher at the Warren.

Spotted Flycatcher at the Warren.
A good days birding at Spurn. Highlights were a Greenish Warbler at the Warren and a few Wrynecks. The rest of the team i travelled with saw 6 Wryneck and 2 Greenish. Whinchat was perhaps the most obvious of the common migrants, but Common Redstarts and Pied Flycatchers could be found with regularity + smaller numbers of Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. 3 Tree Pipit went south as did a few Flava Wagtails. A juv Merlin briefly by Kinsea church was followed shortly by a Turtle Dove perched on wires between the Church / Bluebell. Hailing from East Lancashire, this was my first of this species anywhere for several years! Scans offshore revealed flocks of Duck on the move, the majority south, consisting mainly of Common Scoter & Teal, with smaller numbers of Wigeon, a Pintail and a drake Shoveler. 2 Arctic Skuas and a few Red-throated Divers were also noted. 4 skeins of freshly arrived Pink-footed Geese flew South early afternoon.
The low point of the day was missing on the chance to see a Hawfinch in the hand shortly after we had left the area.