It was rather an unprepossessing day at Spurn - there was negligible wind at first, it was warm and overcast - so I took my am session to see the stranded Fin Whale which had been washed up on the beach a fortnight ago. I was told exactly where to find it, but it had gone - only a few tyre tracks in the sand marked where it had lain. My clients brought the pegs for their noses in vain - it was carted away yesterday. As you can see from see from the pics below it was quite an impressive sight, but it was also giving off a tremendous pong by all accounts.
After that disappointment we went to Chalk Bank in heavy drizzle to connect with the waders, which gave some good views - a couple of summer plumage Grey Plovers were particularly popular - we also saw Bar-tailed Godwits, Whimbrels, Curlews, Sanderlings, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Turnstones, Oystercatchers & Cormorants. Apparently, a Pectoral Sandpiper circled the hide we were sat in, calling away, but we were oblivious. We stopped off at Canal Scrape although another group were already ensconced there - they kindly pointed out a Water Rail out to us & even those having to stand at the back were able to see it.
The afternoon was a re-run of the morning, although obviously we didn't bother looking for the Fin Whale - all the morning birds showed more distantly than in the morning, but we did get a good view of a juvenile Sparrowhawk. Is it possible to order North-East winds before we visit Spurn next? Unfortunately, not!
Fin Whale pics (c) 2011 John Sadler
Roe Deer Buck (c) 2012 Chris Cox