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September 2012

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Wheatear in spring

.... should have gone to specsavers !

Arriving at Spurn we were presented with a light SE wind and glorious sunshine. We could find no migrants in the bushes around the car park. This wasn't because many of the group are both visually and auditorily challenged but because there simply weren't any birds ! But at least the weather was nice.... Sea watching proved a much more rewarding past time with up to 6 Arctic Skua, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 winter plumage Mediterranean Gull, Guillemots and enough Gannet and Sandwich tern to keep us happy. Bird of the day was an Osprey travelling south out over the sea but unfortunately the views were distant. On the estuary side large numbers of Curlew, Redshank, Dunlin and Sanderling kept us entertained as we ate our lunch. But still no migrants .... but at least the weather was nice ..... ! Our hopes were pinned on the large gorse bush area at the tip of the point to produce the migrants but save for a Wheatear and a few Great Tits / Goldfinch but there were no other passerines ..... but at least the weather was nice ! Back to the car park where at last a Whinchat and Stonechat put in an appearance but no large numbers of migrants .... but at least the weather was nice ! We couldn't believe we had been to Spurn Point, the observatory famous for its falls of migrants, and not really seen any migrants of note. Fortunately it wasn't because we were poor birders .... nobody else saw anything either .... but at least the weather was nice !