Friday, 28 April 2017

The Spurn Area....Saturday 22nd April 2017.

With a full day to myself today,i again decided to head to Spurn and today meet up with birding buddy Tim.
 Today's forecast wasn't really great for migration,with the continuing northerly air flow,but we thought we would give it a go and see what we could see.
 After meeting up at the Bluebell car park,we got the kit together and decided to head down the point first,bumping into local birder Arash Marashi who joined us for the long walk.
 A few Whimbrel were encountered along the first part of the walk towards the breach,which are always great to see,but very little else until we encountered a Wheatear sat on the Heligoland trap at Chalkbank.
 A little way along and another 4 Wheatear were seen around the lifeboat jetty,some migrant activity at last we thought and a very smart Peregrine was seen perched at relatively close range before it flew off towards the Humber.
 On the edge of the Parade ground a Lesser Whitethroat sang and around the hollow at the VTS tower,the familiar,scratchy song of our first Whitethroats of the year,as two males danced about in their display flights establishing their breeding territories.I really love these little Sylvia Warblers,lots of character.
 A rest and refreshment stop at the Green Beacon saw us adding another first for the year in the form of a single Sandwich Tern feeding in the tide race,another welcome sighting to add to this tough day.
 The return walk back up the peninsula included similar fare,with some nice sightings of Whimbrel again and Arash went his own way for some lunch while Tim and myself headed for a cuppa at the Bluebell.
 After a  good chat with Andy in the Bluebell,we were off again and had a quick look at Lesser Whitethroat,which was singing an atypical song near Rose Cottage.The bird looked pretty normal on the views i gained of it and every body drifted away,interesting all the same.
 We then decided to head up Beacon Lane and covered the ponds,Kilnsea Wetlands and then back up to Kilnsea,with again very little to show for our efforts apart from 16 Wigeon and a smart male Yellow Wag on the Wetlands and 4 more Wheatear in the Long Bank area.
 We finished the visit by walking along Canal Bank and back up to our cars completing a knackering 14 miles walked during the day,but where else can you get the feeling of being in the wild and watching wildlife and birds like you can here,what a brilliant place!.

Yearling Grey Seal At The Breach.

A Confiding Dark-bellied Brent Goose On Kilnsea Wetlands.

Dark-bellied Brent Goose,Kilnsea Wetlands.

Whimbrel In The Triangle.

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