Saturday, November 05, 2011

Isabelline Wheatear.....

A trip over to Spurn today with Dave for this eastern mega,resulted in us getting superb views of it after a bit of patience waiting for it to settle down to feed in a section of beach down towards the point after a period of flying about.It was watched mainly feeding on flys and sandhoppers it was catching on the beach in amongst the flotsam and seaweed.The bird was much more distinct than i had imagined the species to be,with a totally different jizz about it,with a more upright posture.This is the first sighting of the species for myself and the 2nd for the Spurn area.Other birds seen while watching the Whitearse were a single Lapland Bunting south,2 Twite and a Greenshank.After making our way back towards the car we decided to go and have a cuppa in the 'Bluebell' and after warming up we added further goodies in the form of a Hooded Crow and 2 Snow Bunting in the Beacon Lane area,hundreds of Redwing falling out of the sky as they made landfall and a several decent birds over the sea which included a single Little Auk,Velvet Scoter,2 Little Gulls,a good handfull of Red-throated Diver and several land bound flocks of Starling arriving in over the sea.A good day despite the weather and lack of sleep,but it was certainly worth it to add another great bird to my personal collection of sightings and also was an eduacational one.

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