Things have been quiet this week but the finding of a Lime Hawk Moth lifted the spirits on one of my early morning walks to work.
Lime Hawk Moth
Saturday saw me grasping the bull by the horns and heading off to Spurn Point in the hope of a few migrants I arrived early doors at about 7:30am to an empty car park the one near the Bluebell cafe. I could see there were a few birds about on the nearby pool these included Swallows, Sand Martin, Redshank, Blackbirds [I tried turning these into Ring Ouzels but that didn’t work], Dunnocks, Robin and a Common Whitethroat. I proceeded to walk down the seaward side path towards the warren hoping to pick some stuff up on the sea, there was little about 1 Ringed Plover and 2 Turnstone flew past Herrings Gulls and Black Headed Gulls made their way south then I picked up 2 Terns, black edge to wingtips, pale under wings with no trailing edge a couple of Roseate Terns, nice start. Passing the pool area I flushed up a lone Wheatear, Whimbrel and Common Sandpiper. I was soon at the warren part of Spurn seeing Swallows going thru and on the Humber shoreline Grey Plover, Bar Tailed Godwits, Dunlins, Turnstone, Whimbrels, and Oystercatchers. I was hoping to see the Subalpine Warbler whilst I was at the warren, I had a bit of a wait but out it did come even if it was only briefly, reminded me of 1998 when I last saw one here it was a longer wait then. Off I went seeing Goldfinch, Meadow Pipits, Blue Tit and Great Tits as I went making my way towards the triangle footpath long this footpath I found Common Whitethroats, Sedge Warblers, Lesser Whitethroat, and a new Spurn bird for me Grasshopper Warbler and Reed Buntings. Nearing the end of the footpath I found some caterpillars of the Brown Tailed Moth, nasty caterpillars if you touch them they can give you severe skin problems or in the extreme breathing problems they are poisonous, don’t touch here’s a pic
Caterpillar of the Brown Tailed Moth
Having walked down towards Easington and doing Sammys Point I didn’t see very much else at Spurn so I stopped of at Fairburn Ings on the way back home to se the Common Crane that was present along with this fellow I heard Cuckoo and saw Redshank, Teal, Gadwall, Common Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Mute Swan and Stock Dove
Not a bad day at Spurn I managed to add four new species to my Spurn reserve list Roseate Tern, Sand Martin, Common Sandpiper and Grasshopper Warbler > My Spurn Reserve List
now standing at 139.
So the The Day List in no particular order :- Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Red legged partridge, Pheasant, Moorhen, Coot, Crane, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Bar Tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Curlew, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Turnstone, Black Headed Gull, Herring Gull, Roseate Tern, Common Tern, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collard Dove, Cuckoo, Swift, Skylark, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Meadow Pipit, PiedWagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Wheatear, Blackbird, Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting