Trip reports

Spurn Point - 21/10/12

Spurn Point - 21/10/12
Goldcrest - Dennis Atherton

Sunday, 21 October 2012

As we crossed the Pennines into Yorkshire, heading for the east coast, the thick fog was looking ominous.

However, once we passed through the village of Patrington, the fog cleared and we were left with bright blue skies and sunshine for our arrival at Spurn, the coach dropping us off at the Canal Scrape car park. The first species seen were pretty typical for the area - kestrel, long-tailed tit, pheasant and a small group of goldcrests. We walked from the car park up to the crossroads and then left to the Humber estuary for high tide. We saw several parties of winter thrushes go overhead - good numbers of both redwing & fieldfare were on the move. On the estuary we saw brent geese, oystercatcher, bar-tailed godwit, redshank and dunlin. We then walked back towards canal scrape along the estuary path and the fog descended once more! Out of this fog came a short-eared owl! It flew up out of the grass in front of us and then put on a good show quartering the fields, sometimes disappearing into the mist. A quick visit into the hide overlooking canal scrape added little grebe and coot. By this point the fog had cleared again and another look on the estuary found red-breasted merganser, shelduck, golden plover, ringed plover, dunlin and knot.

We then headed over to the other side for some sea watching. We saw all the commoner species of gulls as well as a Mediterranean gull soaring in the breeze along the shoreline. Out to sea were common scoter, several gannets, red-throated diver, guillemot and a few of the group also had a great northern diver.

The day was rounded off with grey partridge & stonechat.

So no great rarities this year but, as ever with Spurn, it is luck of the draw. As it turned out we were 1 day too early - on the Monday there was a large influx of migrants! Oh well, maybe next year....

Total species seen - 65.