Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Spurn High Tide Special

Bar-Tailed Godwit
This pic taken in spring, but there was one as bright as this today
Sandwich Terns (plus Common Tern)
Wall (Brown)
Cuckoo - last year's in same location as today's
Common Lizard on Robin's Pin-Cushion
Juvenile Whitethroat?
Ruddy Darter
Little Grebe
We met a bit earlier than usual this morning to take advantage of the high tide at Spurn. We were in place half-an-hour before time, and we did see excellent colourful examples of Bar-Tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Knot, Dunlin, Sanderling, plus Whimbrel, Oystercatcher, and Cormorants, but the numbers of birds were fairly small. However, on our return to the car park we literally saw thousands of birds, so the main Humber roost can't have been at Chalk Bank today. At Chalk Bank we found a tiny lizard on a Robin's Pin Cushion, and there were plenty of Linnets and Starlings. We went on to the Point where the highlights included some juvenile Willow Warblers, a juvenile Whitethroat and a Hawker dragonfly. We travelled back to Canal Scrape, where a Lesser Whitethroat showed well, and a Dunlin dropped in briefly. An Emperor Dragonfly gave good, if brief views. Most of the group stayed behind to have a look round Sammy's Point. There were masses of Common Blue & Painted Lady butterflies, plus a few Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks, Walls and Small Coppers. The best birds seen in the area were a juvenile Cuckoo, an angry young Whitethroat and a pair of Wheatears. There were clouds of what looked like more than a thousand Golden Plovers over the Humber. Overall, it proved to be quite a varied day. Some of the group stayed on to try their luck down Beacon Lane, so I will include their findings if they report back.

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