Sunday, September 23, 2012

An amazing day!..........Saturday 22nd Sept.

Red-breasted Flycatcher,first individual.

Red-breasted Flycatcher,second individual.

Yellow-browed Warbler.

Female Redstart.

Female Brambling.

Great-spotted Woodpecker.
Spurn Lighthouse.

Sunrise over the sea.
 After the previous days rain and the forecast looking good,i headed for Spurn bright and early,arriving just after 6.00 am,with looking at the sea first and then the bushes later,being my plan.After an hour or so staring at the sea and only seeing 1 Bonxie and a cracking 1st winter Med. Gull flying north close inshore,we got news that a Yellow-browed Warbler had just been trapped and the ringers were going to show it at the Obs,so we all made our way there.The next hour or so was amazing to say the least,with us seeing 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in the hand,a Great-spotted Woodpecker,female Brambling and a superb female Redstart,but better was to come.As we were talking,one of the lads spotted a Red-breasted Flycatcher which was quickly trapped and then shown to us,this was fantastic alone,when news came over the radio that  another had just been caught,2 in 20 minutes and in the hand was amazing to say the least.A big thanks must go to the Obs members for showing us these birds,brilliant!.After all this mayhem,we settled down to some birding next to the warren enjoying views of one of the R.b.Fly's,which showed brilliantly,1 Yellow-browed Warbler,Juvvie Stonechat,Redstart,7 Whooper Swan passing over south and masses of Mipits.Again the radio provided us with more targets to see as a Corncrake had been flushed at the point and a Juvenile Red-backed Shrike had also been found,15 minutes later we were there searching and after a bit of a run around,we managed some nice views of the Shrike as at caught several insects,which included a large Bumblebee.The Corncrake wasn't seen again sadly.Other nice birds in the point area included a Juv. Whinchat and 2 Lesser Whitethroat.Back down the peninsula again and after near gridlock at one of the passing places we searched all the areas between the Bluebell cafe,Beacon Lane and Kilnsea cliff adding Common Buzzard,a couple of nice Pied Flycatcher,another couple of Yellow-browed Warbler,1 Short-eared Owl watched dozing in the sun in his or her roost site and a very flighty Barred Warbler which we saw several times as it was flushed by unwary birdwatchers,dog walkers and the like.So all in all a fantastic day was enjoyed today,with some great banter,birds and weather to boot and a big thanks to Daz and his mates for the lift to and from the point.

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