Monday, 27 April 2009

Spurn Spring High Tide

Bar-tailed Godwit
Non-breeding plumaged bird
Chalk Bank Hide-Tide Line-up
Meadow Pipit
Record shot of Linnet
On the way to Spurn
Wheatear at Patrington Haven
Grey Partridge
Corn Bunting
Roe Deer Buck
Arrived at Spurn at High Tide to be met with breeding-plumaged Bar-tailed Godwits right by the road - beautiful colours. Of course, there were other waders, but these were the most strikingly marked. The Grey Plovers, which were also coming into their breeding colours were at Chalk Bank, but didn't permit such close views. There was only a trickle of migrants about: a couple of Chiffchaff, Blackcap (reported) and a possible Ring Ouzel - saw the silvery edge to the wings, but couldn't discern the crescent on the breast. There were plenty of Lesser Whitethroat holding territory and a couple of Common Whitethroats, plus one Sedge Warbler singing near Canal Scrape, and a Wheatear and Song Thrush on the Parade Ground. I managed to avoid the Brown-tail moth caterpillars. I picked up the latest Spurn Wildlife Report for last year - Number 18. It just keeps gets better and better. Plenty of good information, a round-up of all the wildlife seen last year, and a good sprinkling of photographs. Please purchase a copy, as any profits will go towards the new observatory building planned for the site. Details on the Spurn website: Spurn is rightly one of the most famous migration hotspots in the country, so it's only fitting it should also have an appropiate more upto-date observatory building where the migrants may be ringed, assessed and observed - well worth your full support! A ringtail Hen Harrier came quite close to the car near Sammy's Point, but the photos aren't worth including on this post!

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