Sunday, 18 September 2011

Spurn Point 18-9-11

With the Nuneaton and District Birdwatchers Club arriving at Barton to pick myself & Mandy up for a day at Spurn.We arrived mid morning at the point and set about going through the Sea Buckthorn straight away I spotted a bird sitting on top of a bush and called Mark Maddox over with his scope and sure enough it was a Whinchat just as I thought not a bad start,Mandy and myself broke away from the group and split up ourselves,I headed for the beacon with not much about only a single Goldcrest flitting about but I got round the corner I spotted another bird sat on the bush top It was a Spotted Flycatcher but only managed a record shot before it flew off.On reaching the beacon there wasn't anything else around so I headed off back towards the rest off the group who where still watching Whinchats and Whitethroats,I then spotted Mandy who had been photographing Wheatear,Whinchat & Common Whitethroat.
Next stop was Chalk Bank where I split from the group again going to the second hide and again a mistake due to missing out on Little Stint.But I managed Sanderling,Knot,Curlew,Redshank,Oystercatcher,Dunlin & a single Common Tern with everyone back on the bus we headed halfway back along the road and pulled in to scan through the large wader flocks which held again Sanderling,Knot,Curlew,Redshank,Oystercatcher,Dunlin,Turnstone,Golden,Grey & Ringed Plover & a few Ruff with that done we headed for the Warren to do a bit of a seawatch and on arriving Mr Colin Green asked the most stupid question of what are we going to see here and Mark replyed well we did have a Barred Warbler once in that bush!!!
Others went their own way and Mandy went back to photograph some Knot & Turnstones with some cracking shots.
From the Seawatching hide Myself,Nicknav,Mark Maddox and Roger Shilton scanned the sea it wasn't long before we picked up a Arctic Skua heading south and a few more shortly followed,also a few Great Skua's went by with 1 bird right along the foreshore also a few Gannets were picked up,with time for us to head back to the bus for our next stop at Kilnsea and a walk upto Beacon Lagoon where 2 Lapland Buntings were hanging around,we set off on our mission only stopping when we caught Bob chip fat Wale & co up who had picked out some duck on the sea which turn out to be 5 Velvet Scoter a lifer for Mandy also a single Red throated diver flew by,everyone headed off to the far side of the lagoon so Mandy and myself headed for the hide as we had noticed the storm closing in on us which we just made it in time but the lagoon was empty apart from a pair of Brent Geese & a few Mallard with the storm passed over we headed back for the bus with no Lapland Buntings seen,On arriving at the carpark we noticed the minibus was missing but I knew that they must of headed for the Crown & Anchor for more waders and I was right with the only new wader present for me for the day was a Greenshank giving nice views.
Spotted Flycatcher

Roe Deer

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