Trip reports

Spurn Point

Spurn Point
Red-breasted flycatcher - Jill Islam

Sunday, 17 September 2017

We met at Birch Services on the M62, then headed off for the long drive to Spurn. As we neared Spurn, we were made aware of a rarity in the form of an arctic warbler, which had been located around Easington Cemetery, a few miles short of our destination. We went looking, but, unfortunately, it hadn't been seen for a while, so we only saw some chiffchaffs, goldcrests, goldfinches, and a magpie.

Having failed to find the rarity, we headed off to the Blue Bell car park. Around here there were pied wagtail, robin, woodpigeons, starlings and carrion crows, and on the adjacent pool were mallards, moorhens, and a little grebe.

We walked down to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's Information centre, adding chaffinch, reed bunting, meadow pipit, and kestrel to our list. Around the Information centre a yellow browed warbler was proving hard to see, moving from bush to bush, but it eventually perched on the telephone wires to give a good view. Overhead, swallows and sand martins passed on their way south.

Then we headed back via the Canal Scrape, and the raised banking along the 'canal'. On the mudflats there were oystercatchers, curlews, and a little egret. We were able to watch a hobby overhead for a good few minutes before reaching the cottage by the road where a spotted flycatcher proved very photogenic.

On the mud near the Crown and Anchor pub were redshanks, bar-tailed godwits, and ringed plovers. In the churchyard next door, along with a few chaffinches was a pied flycatcher, and a red-breasted flycatcher.

Back near the Blue Bell car park we did a bit of sea watching while we had lunch. Not much to see close in, but we did get a few gannets and a couple of Sandwich terns fishing, along with the expected black headed gulls, herring gulls, and lesser black backed gulls. A small group of eiders bobbed about, while a larger group of common scoters kept taking to the air, probably disturbed by the great black backed gulls and a marauding great skua.

We then took a short walk up the track towards Kilnsea, but only saw a few of the more common birds like house sparrows, dunnocks, blackbirds, great tits and blue tits.

We drove back to Easington, but again the arctic warbler, though reported again, was proving elusive, so we headed back to the new Beacon Lagoons.

This proved very productive, with linnets, common gulls, Mediterranean gulls, goldeneye, teal, wigeon, pintail, shoveler, mute swans, canada geese, greylag geese, and little grebes. But the main reason for visiting here was the wide array of wading birds. Present were lapwing, snipe, grey plover, golden plover, knot, dunlin, greenshank, ruff, a couple each of little stints and curlew sandpipers.

Then, it was back to Easington for a last try for the arctic warbler. This time a few of our party did get a brief glimpse of the bird. So, third time lucky for some.

Then it was time for home.

10 attended, 66 species seen.