Today I managed to have another crack at Spurn, after persuading my dad he needed to experience Spurn in autumn! The day started well with my first fieldfare of the winter, and a brambling in the churchyard. A quick peek in the Crown & Anchor car park led to us following the gaze of the assembled birders there and getting a brief glimpse of a yellow-browed warbler in the treetops.
Continuing round the triangle we found redwings and more fieldfare, all the usual waders (knot, turnstone, redshank, both godwits, curlew, grey plover, golden plover, ringed plover, little egret etc.) and some brent geese. Sadly there was no sign of the firecrests that have been sighted in recent days.
Walking back past the churchyard for a well-deserved pub lunch, we had a quick peak in the trees, and I glimpsed what I presumed was another yellow-browed. Some other birders had assembled in the churchyard and I heard them speculating it may have been a Pallas’s warbler… I trotted round to where they were looking, and got great views of a stunning little bird, with a very distinct crown-stripe that easily gave away its true identity!
We drove to the point and had a bit of a wander round the area of the Heligoland trap, hoping to see the black redstart that had been there recently, but to no avail (apparently there was a barred warbler around too, but we didn’t see it…). I caught a glimpse of a bird of prey that I suspected was a merlin, and on the way out we fortunately caught up with it perched on a telepgraph wire – a beautiful female bird, that finally put to bed a bit of a “bogey bird”…
A great day all round – a shame the firecrests weren’t on show, but there was more than enough to make up for it!
(No photos today, because I forgot my camera. D’oh!)
Goldfinch, Mallard, House Sparrow, Starling, Blackbird, Stonechat, Wren, Collared Dove, Blue Tit, Dunnock, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Fieldfare, Reed Bunting, Woodpigeon, Brambling, Tree Sparrow, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Chaffinch, Yellow-browed Warbler, Robin, Magpie, Knot, Turnstone, Redshank, Dunlin, Little Egret, Curlew, Mute Swan, Carrion Crow, Brent Goose, Moorhen, Coot, Redwing, Meadow Pipit, Mistle Thrush, Little Grebe, Herring Gull, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Feral Pigeon, Pallas’s Warbler, Great Black-backed Gull, Shelduck, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Linnet, Grey Heron, Oystercatcher, Kittiwake, Sanderling, Cormorant, Merlin, Pheasant