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Thursday, 18 September 2014


There has been easterly winds over the last few days so me, Mark and Paz decided to do Spurn last Sunday, we arrived to news we had just missed a Honey Buzzard go through but at the Crown & Anchor car park we kicked off with brief views of an early Yellow Browed Warbler, there being no sign of the earlier Barred Warbler we carried on down to the Sandy Beaches Caravan Park where a Wryneck was showing, it was a bit flighty and moving round a bit but we eventually got several good views, there were also several large flocks of Waders passing by along the coast plus a small flock of Pale Bellied Brent Geese. After refreshments at the Blue Bell Cafe we headed to Southfield Farm where a Red Breasted Flycatcher flitted about in a Sycamore then further along the road an early Great Grey Shrike was hunting the fields, after missing another Barred Warbler by the Canal we headed back to the Crown & Anchor car park and whilst having lunch got more views of the Yellow Browed plus Wood Warbler and Pied Flycatcher. We headed for Kilnsea Wetlands next where two Little Stints pottered around but there was little else of note so we carried on to Sammy’s Point, a good few Whinchats, Wheatears and Redstarts were around, Little Egrets on the foreshore and a Med Gull with the Black Headed on a ploughed field then at the main bushes after a bit of hide and seek a Red Breasted Flycatcher eventually showed well in the late afternoon sunshine.
Sandy Beaches Wryneck

a posing Snipe on Canal Scrape
GG Shrike

plus Wheatears


and Pied Flys

two Little Stints on Kilnsea Wetlands

RB Fly at Sammy's

Day off today, as had Mark and along with Pete Watson we thought we'd see what Flamborough had to offer, we drove into the fog at the top of Garrowby Hill and that was it for the rest of the day, even though visibility was poor we hoped the murk might drop something in but it remained fairly quiet all day, a few Garden Warblers, Lesser Whitethroats, Redstarts and Whinchats were about the best of it, Mark also had a few Bramblings, a mid-afternoon sojourn to Bempton produced the best bird of the day, a showy Red Breasted Flycatcher along the Nature Trail, a shame the light wasn't better, also a Spotted Flycatcher in the Dell, we ended up back at Flamborough where a Yellow Browed Warbler had been found in gardens along Lighthouse Road but it proved rather elusive, Mark got a brief view and we heard it call but eventually gave it up as a bad job.
RB Fly in the murk at Bempton

plus Spotted


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