Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Switched to Spurn

Lapland Bunting (c) 2010 John Sparham
Jack Snipe (c) 2010 Vince Cowell
Goldcrest - after a bath!
Proving he's a male!
Yesterday's session was switched to Spurn to take advantage of the fall of migrants. The day started well with an Egyptian Goose & a Lapland Bunting from the Blue Bell car park. We travelled down the peninsula dodging Robins, Meadow Pipits, a large flock of Linnets, Song Thrushes & a single Wheatear. The am group stopped at Chalk Bank for the high tide & saw Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Sanderling, Turnstone, Curlew, Redshank, Knot & Dunlin. At the point there were some flighty Bramblings, but everyone was able to watch one eventually. Some Siskins looked the worst for their travels, but they were busy feeding so they may have been OK. A few Swallows were still being seen, but they were heavily outnumbered by Redwings. On the return journey we stopped off at Canal Scrape for great views of Jack Snipe, a flock of 5 Lesser Redpolls and lots of Chiffchaffs. A male Goldcrest had a bath & then decided to swab its crest on some barbed wire - it could have all ended so differently. The afternoon was pretty similar to the morning, but was 'enlivened' by the donation of a Water Rail, which had been picked up by a non-birder halfway down the point & carried all the way to the point car park. He thought it had a broken leg, but it was only dislocated. I dropped it off at Kew Villa on the return journey, where it was going to be 'nursed', fed & released on the Canal Zone on Wednesday morning. I'll post any news I receive on this bird later. I can't post a picture of this bird at this stage, as I've used up my allotted free picure web space!!!

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