Wednesday, 5 October 2016

First Autumn Day at Spurn

Easterly winds were hitting the east coast, so we dropped the planned location for Kilnsea.   Eventually, everyone saw a "lifer".  Once everyone arrived we noted the 4 Little Grebes in the Borrow Pits, and then walked along the sea cliff.  There were plenty of Skylarks flying above the rough grass, and a few Meadow Pipits, but little else.  
All photos (c) 2016 Maggie Bruce unless marked MJF
Yellow-Browed Warbler [MJF]
 Male Blackcap identified by Maggie [MJF]
In Canal Scrape there were good views of a Dunlin and several Meadow Pipits, and a Song Thrush, but no Jack Snipe! 
 Meadow Pipit
 Ditto [MJF]
Song Thrush [MJF]
Where the New Visitor Centre is supposed to be going to be built was a Redstart and a Meadow Pipit.
Redstart & Meadow Pipit [MJF]
 Record shot of Redstart
 Redstart & Meadow Pipit
 A Small party of Pink-footed Geese flew over us as we were on the Canal Bank, and there were several waders to see on the mudflats.
Pink-footed Goose
 Ditto [MJF]
 Bar-tailed Godwit [MJF]
A ringed Chiffchaff were marks near both eyes was feeding from an umbellifer. 
 Ditto [MJF]
 Immature Ringed Plover
The Yellow-browed Warbler made its distinctive call in the Crown & Anchor car park, but was seen by all, and this was a first for everyone, except the course leader.

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