Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Spurn - Completion of the Masked Shrike Twitch

  After yesterdays excursions I slept in a little, though still I was up and about by 6.30. I headed up for to the seawatching hut to have a look round and see if there was much moving. There were very impressive numbers of Red-Throated Diver, probably about 100 moving south over the course of the morning. There were also a few Barnacle Geese coming in, as well as a couple of duck species moving, including Pintail, Wigeon and Shellduck. There were also a few Sooty Shearwaters moving, including one that I found,n testament to how much my seawatching has improved over the summer.
  Once the sea had slowed down I moved onto the Numpties Watchpoint with Tim and a couple of other guys. There were good numbers of birds moving, and none birds too; a weasel was running round clubleys chasing the Meadow Pipits. I got a Spurn Tick when a few Red-Breasted Merganser flew past, as well as a Rock Pipit flew overhead, and then a few Brent Geese, including a Pale-Bellied (Iceland) bird. Other nice birds around included Ruff, Greenshank and Goldcrest.
  By late morning it had already slowed down so I headed round for a mooch around the site, namely to go back and check the Shrike, since it could well be that I do not see another in this country in my lifetime. It was still there, though it was still distant and difficult to get a good view off, just like yesterdays initial view. It still showed well though, fly-catching from the fence. I spent quite a bit of time at the Shrike field but also wandered around Kilnsea trying to find a RBF but ultimately did not manage it. I did find a Greater-Spotted Woodpecker in the Bluebell Car Park which was nice. I spoke to Rob and he said that he had seen one come in off the sea in the that area, so it could well be the same bird.
  I spent the rest of the afternoon at Seawatching again with Rob. There continued to be a stream of Red-Throated Divers moving south. There were also a couple of Porpoise and a Great Skua. The real highlight was a Sparrowhawk that came in off the sea. It was interesting to see it as we tracked it coming in from the sea. It then landed on the beach for a bit, sat there obviously out of puff.
  It was there that I arranged to get a lift home and so did not have to worry about public transport that I had done on the way there. It concluded a great couple of days, possibly one of the best birding days I have ever had over the last couple of days.

Species List:
Seawatching: Sooty Shearwater, Red-Throated Diver, Gannet, Little Gull, Black-Headed Gull, Dunlin, Common Scoter, Greater Black-Backed Gull, Common Tern, Common Gull, Common Teal, Barnacle Goose, Swallow, Kestrel, Pintail, Shelduck, Wigeon, Wheatear, Weasel
Vis-Migging: Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Chiff-Chaff, Brent Goose, Red-Breasted Merganser, Ruff, Wheatear, Tree Sparrow, Goldcrest, Reed Bunting, Rock Pipit, Red-Throated Diver, Cormorant, Ringed Plover, Greenshank, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk,
Mooching About: Snipe, Stonechat, Masked Shrike, Common Buzzard, Tree Sparrow, Barnacle Goose, Chiff-Chaff, Great-Spotted Woodpecker,
Seawatching: Sparrowhawk, Common Scoter, Great Skua, Common Teal, Wheatear, Red-Throated Diver, Porpoise 

1 comment:

  1. Great stuff Daniel. You have bagged up lots of birding knowledge and experience this summer/autumn. Well done.