Thursday, 13 October 2011
It was a very Autumnal feeling about Spurn today. The wind blew steadily from the east, it was overcast and there were birds all over the place.
first stop was canal scrape to view the jack snipe that have taken up residence there. there were at last 4 there this morning along with lots of redwings and a few fieldfares. Next it was Sammy's Point-not much there in terms of rarities but again plenty of thrushes and quite a few goldcrests.
I then had a ride down to the point, again lots of thrushes and a very obliging kesterel. i went for some dinner at this point feeling somewhat disappointed at the lack of rare birds-that was soon to change. news of a great grey shrike crackled over the radio at post 41 so I headed off down there-never too close it gave some reasonable views before heading off to the north.There was also a short eared owl here.
Then back to the point where a long eared owl was showing well but distantly and at the same spot I had a fleeting view of a yellow browed warbler. i headed back up the road to have another look for the ggs but to no avail, however there was a nice merlin perched menacingly on the rocks waiting for some tired migrant.
I headed back up to canal scrape and the jack snipe were still showing well along with a ring ouzel and quite a few redwings, fieldfare and a single brambling.
Finally i called in at the crown and missed a yellow browed warbler.
All in all a pretty enjoyable day.