Thursday, 10 September 2009

A Quiet Day at Spurn

Oh no, another Spotted Flycatcher!
Grey Plover among Knot
Grey Plover in various stages of moult
Redshank & other waders
Pied Flycatcher
Bird of the Day - but nearly 1/4 of a mile away!
Migrant Hawker (male)
Migrant Hawker (immature?)
John & I checked most nooks and crannies of Spurn today hoping that the north-easterly winds would have brought some interesting migrants in, but only a sustained blast direct from the arctic would achieve that - today's northerly winds stretched only as far north as Scotland. The bird of the day was a Pied Flycatcher just north of the warren. We started at the high tide at Chalk Bank, where the numbers of Knot have been building since my last visit, but there has been a corresponding bleeding of the colours - very few showed signs of the red breeding plumage. Also present: Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Whimbrel, Curlew, Sanderling and Dunlin. At the Point the only passerine migrant recorded had been a Redstart, which we failed to see, but we did find a Spotted Flycatcher, and back near the car park 2 Whinchats and a Wheatear. At Canal Scrape there was a single flava wagtail, and plenty of Meadow Pipits, and a juvenile Whitethroat and several juvenile Willow Warblers. Beacon Lane was almost a waste of time, with only a Whinchat & a Lesser Whitethroat being of note. Finally, on to Sammy's Point, where we added another Wheatear, a few Whimbrel, dozens of Golden Plover, and another juvenile Willow Warbler. Several days of a sustained northerly wind are probably needed to bring in a substantial number of migrants. However, Sunday is a no go because of the Clipper race in the area!


James said...

Take it you guys didnt get the glossy ibis then?

Michael Flowers said...

No, apparently we also overlooked the Black Stork!