Stonechat (c) 2009 Tony Robinson
Stonechat (c) 2009 Maurice Gordon
Knot (c) 2009 Tony Robinson
Knot & Dunlin (right) (c) 2009 Tony Robinson
Dunlin (c) 2009 Aileen Urquhart
Heron (c) 2009 Aileen Urquhart
We went to a venue which we avoided last year because of the extra distance involved and the soaring petrol prices – guess what, petrol prices are still increasing! In the morning we shared cars to the housing estate where we saw a flock of Dunlin, at least 8 Snipe and a Common Sandpiper. Also present 2 Herons, Teal, and the usual suspects, plus close comparison was possible between Stock Dove and Woodpigeon. We went back to the car park & drove to the headland. There were massive numbers of Meadow Pipits, Pied Wagtails and Goldfinches on the cut grass right alongside the road. Unfortunately, when one of our group stopped for a few seconds to take pictures an impatient road hog nearly caused an accident! Along the headland we saw 2 elusive Wheatear, whilst Shags & Cormorants were hanging their wings out to dry. There were lots of Oystercatchers. In the afternoon we spent the whole time scrambling over rocks where we saw even more Oystercatchers, but also a good flock of Knot, Dunlin, Redshank & a scattering of Turnstones. Unfortunately, we couldn’t track down any Purple Sandpipers. There was a flock of 8 scruffy (eclipse) Eider on the sea. Was a bit worried about Dave S on the steep climb back up to the car park, but he was still breathing when he got in his car. Around the pool near the car park were more Meadow Pipits, Swallows & Martins, and a brief glimpse of a Yellow Wagtail, but the highlight here was a showy pair of Stonechat. Not a classic visit to this location, but slightly more productive than yesterday’s visit to Spurn!