Thursday, 3 September 2015

Spurn Day 2

Today the festival preparation began, so I decided to try and stay near enough to Westmere Farm for the days birding. It started with a little Seawatching where there were a few seabirds like Arctic Skua passing and a handful of duck, including a Pintail, which was a bit of a novelty.
I then headed round the triangle, through Beacon Lane, round to Wetlands and finished off at Sammies Point before work began. A Green Sandpiper on Holderness field was the highlight of the first half but the ponds had really impressive numbers of Knot and Grey Plover roosting, which was pretty cool to see. 
-Wader Roost
 Whilst walking to Sammies I was collared by Martin Stoyle, who asked if I was interested in moths. I said I had a passing interest, thinking it might be a rare brown migrant, but instead he produced 2 Convolvulus Hawkmoths which were a lifer and only my fourth Hawkmoth species ever. I was pretty impressed to say the least.
-Convolvulus Hawkmoth
There was nothing much doing at Sammies, but my trip there was cut short by a call to help with the festival preparations, and that is how I spent the rest of the day.

Species List:
Seawatching: Pintail, Wigeon, Arctic Skua, Grey Plover, Golden Plover, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Gannet, Black-Headed Gull, Great Black-Backed Gull, Red-Throated Diver, Fulmar, Razorbill, Common Scoter,
Triangle: Reed Warbler, Swift, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Tree Pipit, Cormorant, Sand Martin, House Martin, Linnet, Goldfinch, Swallow, House Sparrow, Mute Swan, Little Egret, Mallard, Rook, Jackdaw, Red-Backed Shrike, Starling, Robin, Black-Headed Gull, Common Tern, Knot,
Beacon Lane: Willow Warbler, Greenfinch, Linnet, Blackcap, Greenshank, Woodpigeon, House Sparrow, Blue Tit, Yellow Wagtail, Graylag Goose, Curlew, Green Sandpiper,
Beacon Ponds and Wetlands: Avocet, Turnstone, Greenshank, Little Grebe, Common Sandpiper, Sanderling, Dunlin, Knot, Redshank, Grey Plover, Golden Plover, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Mute Swan, Little Egret, Cormorant, Common Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Black-Headed Gull, Black-Tailed Godwit, Bar-Tailed Godwit, Pheasant, Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Sandwich Tern, Kestrel, Peregrine,
Sammies Point: Reed Bunting, Curlew, Kestrel, Little Egret, Peregrine, Linnet, Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Siskin, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Wheatear, Whinchat, Meadow Pipit,

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