Saturday, September 04, 2010

Spurn.....

A visit today with Nige to this cracking area for migrants,saw us having a great days birding.No major rarities were seen today,unlike yesterday,but we managed some nice sightings all the same.The first goodie was a Barred Warbler which we saw briefly at the back of the VTS tower,perched and then in flight,looking like a minature shrike!,with a further 2 seen very well,1 near the Canal and 1 at Cliffe Farm and it was nice to study these birds salient feature's such as the finely barred rear flanks and undertail and the strikingly pale plumage,strong bill and dark eye.This is the first time i have had multiple Barred's in one day for some time!.Next was 1 of yesterdays 3 Common Rosefinche's at the point,which gave it's position away by it's distinct 'Duee' call and it also showed brilliantly,feeding in Elder's and Bramble scrub with a small group of Linnet and Greenfinche's,a little cracker!.Also seen were several common migrants which included 3 Pied Flycatcher,3 Whinchat,Spotted Flycatcher,Wheatear,Redstart,4 Garden Warbler and my earliest Lapland Bunting ever!.Also a couple of migrant wader species were also seen and where singles of Greenshank and Green Sandpiper.Non bird sightings today comprised of 3 lovely Roe Deer,at least 25 Migrant Hawker,20 Common Darter and several Speckled Wood and Small Heath.Another superb and enjoyable day at this great site to witness bird migration!.

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