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Monday, 16 May 2011

Another quiet day at Spurn

Out with Andy on Sunday and we originally planned to start in the Hornsea area but after a phone call from Mark informing us that Golden Oriole, Bee-eater and Quail had already been reported from Spurn we changed our minds. As we arrived we received further news of a Tawny Pipit at Easington Lagoons so we decided to try for that first, the bird had disappeared by the time we reached the area it had been seen and it was 15-20 mins before it was relocated, we got good scope views but the bird was very active and often disappeared into the grass and coupled with a strong Northwesterly wind made getting a photograph fairly challenging to say the least. We had a wander down to Beacon Ponds looking for a summer plumaged Water Pipit but failed to locate that although there were a few Little Terns around, then went on to Sammy's Point and the peninsula itself but there was no further sign of any of the other good birds, very quiet was the word although there was a good selection of Waders on the rising tide. Late afternoon we headed off to Bewholme near Hornsea hoping for Temminck's Stint, its an interesting little spot I saw Crane here last year and there were two Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover, Wood Sandpiper and Greenshank but no sign of the Temminck's this evening.

Tamarix in flower

Plenty of Whitethroats

Humber foreshore from the point

a selection of Waders

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