Spurn Point

The last time I travelled down to the neck of the woods was back in Jan 2018 for a Rose coloured Starling  so coming over here was long overdue.

The attraction of Spurn is of course the migrants birds and our first stop off was at sammys where we found a couple of Wheatear, along with lots of Redwing, Goldfinch, Linnet the odd Blue Tit and Robin and a scattering of Goldcrests, also joining us in seeking out migrants was a Sparrowhawk looking for the odd tired migrant for its  breakfast meal , we also came across about eight Grey Partridge on our approach to sammys , a rare sight these days and a great pleasure to watch from the car

Moving on then to the obs garden where we found a couple of Chiffchaff along with a single Siberian Chiffchaff , noted for its pale buffy or greyish appearance no calls were heard.

Decision time the target bird hadn’t been reported this morning from its last known site, the point a good three mile walk away, we took our changes and set off. Birding on the way down picking up a few wader species on our way, Bar tailed Godwits, Knots lots and lots of these and always great to see them in a murmuration, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Dunlin and Oystercatchers

On our walk down to the point the message came thru on the pager that our target bird had been seen at the point, the pace picked up a notch, half way down to the point we came across a few people coming the other way, we inquired of them about our target bird and the news was good, whilst talking with them we caught sight of a Brambling.

Finally arrived at the point of news that the bird hadn’t been seen for a while we waited, catching sight of Goldcrests and a Yellow browed Wabler (such a beautiful bird). Two hours later and having walked around various bushes we were back at the first sight when a bird with pale belly and darkish headed when came into a bush to the left but was so quick to get out of sight tha was all I saw, 5 minutes later there it was right in the middle of two bushes out in the open Red eyed Vireo my first yank, a really stand out head pattern with grey crown and white eye strip going thru the eye and bordered above and below the eye with darkish lines, white belly and olive-green above then it was off into the next bush, about four of us connected at the time, leaving more to re-find.

Back up at the Bluebell Cafe area were we eventually landed on the Black Redstart

Bird List :- Bar-tailed Godwit, Black Redstart, Blackbird, Blackcap, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Brambling, Brent Goose, Buzzard, Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Collard Dove, Curlew, Dunlin, Goldcrest, Golden Plover, Goldfinch, Great Black backed Gull, Great Tit, Grey Partridge, Grey Plover, Grey wagtail, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Kestrel, Knot, Linnet, Little Egret, Magpie, Mallard, Meadow Pipit, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Red-eyed Vireo, Redshank, Redwing, Reed Bunting, Ringed Plover, Robin, Shelduck, Siskin, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Stonchat, Tree Sparrow, Turnstone, Wheatear, Woodpigeon, Wren, Yellow-browed Warbler (54)


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