I decided to start the day by walking down to Corner Field first to look for the previous days juvenile Red-backed Shrike.Within ten minutes it was found hunting for insects on the far side of the field,a nice start and the first one i have seen this year.Also in this area were singles of Redstart and Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Siskin flew over head.
Walking down the road towards the Warren revealed at least 7 Whinchat and a single Wheatear in the fields and a Merlin bombed along Kilnsea cliff towards the Warren chasing an unseen target.
A brief bit of seawatching after meeting up with Tim,saw a distant Black-throated Diver heading north and after carrying on my walk,a juv Pied Flycatcher showed nicely around the Warren bushes and a Grey Wagtail flew south overhead.
After meeting up with John we walked the Triangle seeing singles of Green Sand and Greenshank around the Canal Scrape,with small numbers of migrants including Willow Warblers and more views of the earlier Whinchats.
After meeting up with Daz,we all chatted as we watched the juv Red-backed Shrike again and shortly after all hell broke loose as a claim of Red-footed Falcon flying north along Sandy Beaches,saw Daz and myself quickly disappearing up Beacon Lane on the hunt for it.At the top of Beacon Lane all we found was a pretty confiding Merlin,possibly the bird from the morning and 3 Kestrel.
Daz and myself carried on,covering Holderness Field,Kilnsea Wetlands and back to the Crown etc. seeing 0 Red-footed Falcons unfortunately,but a juv type Peregrine and juvenile Little-ringed Plover were added to the days sightings.
A very welcome cuppa with John and Tim in the Blue Bell cafe,then saw Tim heading back to the sea watching hut and John heading home.
As people started to filter away i gave the Shrike another visit and i watched it at much closer range as it hunted insects,catching several bumble bees and giving some stunning views,unfortunately in the rain that had started to fall.
After watching this little beauty,i made my way back to the car and headed back home after another great day out at Yorkshire's finest birding destination.
|A typical view of the juvenile Red-backed Shrike earlier in the day.|
|Kestrel on the Listening Dish.|
|Cracking views of the juvenile Red-backed Shrike later in the day.|