Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Spurn Point weekend 14-17/10/11

With Nicknav arriving on the Thursday night later than planned we started the weekend off at The Raj for a very nice Indian and a few pints of Loo Tanfoot to wash it down :)
Friday morning saw us heading off to my local patch so Nick could bag the Ferruginous Duck which took no time at all.
Setting off on a hours drive we reached our destination Spurn Point which I love,we pulled up in front of the Warren as we normally do each year but was kindly asked by the young girl if we could park on the south car park and if we was quick enough we could see the Yellow-browed Warbler that had just been rung.
With Mandy and Nick both getting a lifer and me just getting a mere year tick :(.With that done and dusted we set about emptying the car out and set off down to Chalk Bank.
We set about hunting down migrants when I bumped into another ex Wark's birder being Lee Johnston so we had a chat and a quick catch up on things before he headed off down to the point and we headed back to the Warren for a hot drink,by this time it was getting late so we headed off for a chippy in the dreaded place of Withernsea but nice chips!!!!
After that it was back to base for a shower before heading for The Crown and Anchor for a few drinks.

Saturday morning saw Mandy and myself up and out at first light heading for the narrows just a short walk away to see if we could get some wader shots before breakfast after a hour or so Nick pulled up as he was heading for the point so we joined him. Plenty of Fieldfare and Redwing present and I spotted a lone Brambling. After a walk around we headed back to the trap near the tower and were told that a Black Redstart was hanging around the buildings and it didn't take long before Nick noticed it sitting on a fence.
With that in the bag it was time for coffee and returned back to the warren and decided on what to do next we decided on to take a look around Out Newton where the Radde's Warbler had been seen but no luck,so went on to Hornsea Mere for a look around but not much present and after a couple of hours returned back to base,then decided on a look on the Canal Scrape and bagged 2 Jack Snipe. By this time the light was fading and tummies rumbling so we set off for a shower and change and by this time Mr Maddox had joined us and we returned to the good old faithful Crown and Anchor for a nice Gammon Steak.

Sunday Morning saw us all up early with the first bird of the day being a Merlin sat on a post opposite the Warren on the Marsh and Mandy waited for me to come out so she could tell me bless her,so we rushed over with cameras in hand for some shots but it was a bit distant before flying south putting up the many Waders,news then broke about a Red-backed Shrike at Canal Scrape so off we set and got it in the bag after a few minutes scanning,then we made our way to the bluebell where a female Scaup was present along with a Common Scoter but the Scoter had gone.This brought us to Mandys dream bird and Mr Maddox nightmare bird Red-flanked Bluetail so off we set for Flamborough Head with only 2 reports yesterday and 1 this morning was my blocker going to be knocked off!!!
On arriving at South Landing we could see the group of birders and joined them in the search and after 3 hours or so and no sign we called it a day to my relief :) and headed for North Landing for a cuppa and food.
Now it was time for Mark to find his own Bluetail and we had a search around to see what we could find the answer to that was not a lot apart from Linnet,Robin & Dunnock,so Mark decided on giving south landing another go but as all the birders had gone home so we returned back to the Warren.Better luck next time mate :)
Again our destination was the Crown and Anchor for a refuel.

Monday again we was up early but the wind had also picked right up making birding very difficult,we headed off to Chalk Bank for a Wader watch with Bar-tailed Godwit,Oystercacher,Dunlin & Redshank present with things not looking good we went back to the Warren to load the cars back up and had a quick stop off at Canal Scrape where a Ring Ouzel had been reported but with the wind blasting through we gave up and headed back off home.

All the usual Waders,Ducks & Geese noted over the weekend
Swallows still going through
Yellow-Browed Warblers became a day tick with 2 at The Crown and Anchor car park
Merlin we had 3 on Sunday with 1 female taking a Blackbird in front of Mandy and myself
All the usual passerines going through
A great weekend had by all thanks guys & we all joined Friends of Spurn.

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