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Sunday, 28 October 2012

A grey day

Me and Mark went back to Spurn today hoping that the two Olive Backed Pipits found yesterday afternoon at Sammy’s Point would still be there, it was a good start to the day, we stopped off at Easington Cemetery to find the Great Grey Shrike found a couple of days ago was still present and showing well in the hedges opposite then as we set out from the car park at Sammy’s a Ring Ouzel was posing nicely in the first field but all good things come to an end and there was no sign of the Pipits this morning, we had a good stomp around but there was little showing although four Pale Bellied Brents were on the Humber and when we returned to the car there was a small flock of Twite in the car park, then news broke of a Little Bunting down Vicars Lane, we shot off there but unfortunately the bird had been flushed long before anyone else got there and flew off into the housing estate never to be seen again. With a good number of Little Auks moving over the last couple of days we decided on a look out to sea next, there were a few Goldeneye on the sea, a lot of Starlings coming in off and a Slavonian Grebe drifted south but it seemed we had missed the Little Auk passage, we headed off to the Canal Scrape just as the afternoon showers started but there was nothing posing there today, the Jack Snipe was still there but right at the back, a Water Rail dashed between the reeds and 16 Bramblings dropped in briefly. When the rain eased off we went back to Easington and had another look at the Shrike, there was also a common Redstart in the Cemetery and a Black Redstart near the church but as we’re back to the dark nights, the light levels soon went forcing an early finish.

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