Sunday, September 26, 2010

Stormy Spurn,25th September....

Chris taking a shot of the stormy North Sea.

Female Roe Deer

Yellow-browed Warbler
A trip out with Chris and Nige to this migration hotspot to partake in a bit of seawatching,resulted in it being a bit of a disappointment after Friday's excellent counts.The main reason for this was that the wind had switched around from Friday's North-easterly to today's North Westerly,pushing the birds further offshore,thus the little blighter's were too far out to i.d. and were flying by in a blur in the heat haze.We still managed to see some nice birds though which included Sooty and Manx Shearwater,Bonxie,Arctic Skua,Red-breasted Merganser,Eider,4 Purple Sandpiper and 2 small groups of Barnacle Geese flying south and a small flock of 10 Snow Bunting coming 'In off'.The Barnies were a nice surprise and birds where noted moving south all along the east coast from Northumberland to Norfolk.Visible migration was also in evidence today,with us recording 3 Lapland Bunting,south and several Brambling with their distinct 'Eheep' calls as they passed overhead.On the land,the best bird went to a stunning little Yellow-browed Warbler which had been found in a mist net in Kew and we then watched as it was released in front of an expectant crowd,lovely.We were also treated to superb views of a Jack-snipe roosting on the Canal scrape,with it's superb,intricate patterned camouflage,blending in well with the reeds it was resting in.Other land migrants included a male Stonechat,Redstart,3 Siskin and Chiffchaff.Non bird sightings included 4 Roe Deer and a single Migrant Hawker.A great day out again,despite the battering North Westerly.

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