Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Spurn & Return

Grey Partridge
New inhabitants of Chalk Bank area
Roe Deer buck
Bar-tailed Godwit
Dunlin & Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover
Record only pic of Grey Plover
Pied Wagtail (female)
Curlew in flight
Yellowhammer (female)
Pied Wagtail (male)
Barn Owl
Barn Owl (through windscreen)
Barn owl (rear view)

The tide was just starting to go out this morning at Spurn, which allowed very close views of waders from the car along the riverside: Ringed Plover, Dunlin & Knot. The wind was bitter and stronger than inland, so there weren’t too many passerines to be seen. I did spot around 4 Stonechats, but wasn’t able to get close. This was a shame as a couple were said to have pale rumps – members of a continental race. Easier to see were a pair of Pied Wagtails, which were feeding in the shelter of the wall near the lifeboat jetty. There were about 4 bar-tailed Godwit showing close to the ‘new’ chalk bank hide, which were visible once the Highland Cattle had been negotiated. However, it was the buck Roe Deer (above) just a few yards north of the old chalk bank hide which was the mammal highlight in this area.
I turned off in Patrington to drive through Sunk Island, Stone Creek & Cherry Cobb Sands. This is a long way back but resulted in good views of Pheasant, Grey Partridge and Curlew. The muck heap by the side of the road yielded Yellowhammer, Pied Wagtail (again), Reed Bunting, Curlew and Stock Dove. In the next few weeks this should be an excellent place to look for insect-eating summer visitors.

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