Trip reports

Outing to Spurn - Sunday, 14th October 2018

Sunday, 28 October 2018

It rained all day! It was raining when we left Nottingham. We ran the gauntlet of the rain for breakfast. It was raining when we arrived. The sheets of rain were magnified through the binoculars against the cold grey sky. Indeed it was a soggy day.

The good news was that the coach park was next to the Canal Scrape hide and just a few metres from the visitor centre. Early visitors to the hide were treated to the metronomic bobbing of a Jack Snipe, relishing at being one of the day's main attractions. More wary was a male Ring Ouzel, which occasionally joined Redwing feeding in the bushes beyond the flash.

Some chose to ignore the cramped conditions in the hide and walk to the Anchor pub, returning along the coastal path, getting thoroughly wet and seeing just one unidentified flock of birds. Brambling were reported from Beacon Lane.

Others camped in the visitor centre in armchair comfort, to view the bird feeders.

The tide was out and opposite the sea watching hide the coastal mud held a good number of waders including several Grey Plover and a single Whimbrel. There was very little on the sea. The sea watching hide was virtually unoccupied throughout the day. Those that did visit recorded a total of one Gannet, a Shag, plus an unidentified gull; such was the dearth of birds on the sea.

However there was some good fortune on the day which occurred in early afternoon. A Yellow Browed Warbler was located in a bush just metres from the coach. Those lucky to be in the right place at the right time had very good views. Also the Jack Snipe continued to perform into late in the afternoon, wandering to the water line nearest the hide and giving cracking views. The Ring Ouzel continued to play hide and seek in the berry clad bushes. Thus those that ventured elsewhere on arrival had chance to catch up.

Late afternoon it was still raining and people returned to the bus to dry out. After many headcounts it was declared everybody was present and the sensible decision to leave early was made.

Tony Wardell