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Monday, 29 August 2016

Spurn Waders and a Crake coming to Reedbed near you (or me as the case may be)

Out with Mark on Sunday 28th and as there had been Easterlies and overnight rain we thought Spurn would be a good bet although it proved to be rather quiet, we started at Easington where a juv Caspian Gull had been reported on the beach by the Caravan Park unfortunately it had flown off inland but there were a good few Terns on the beach and an impressive 30+ Med Gulls. After a brief look around a very quiet Canal Scrape area we ended up at Kilnsea Wetlands where at least there was a good selection of Waders including Curlew Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper and Little Stint, plus some passerine interest with three Whinchat in the field behind, we spent some time there eventually moving off on news of a Wood Warbler in Easington Churchyard, that proved very active and elusive and we soon gave up on it and went to Sammy’s Point for a late lunch, a Marsh Harrier flew up river but there was little else there. By mid-afternoon we decided to head for home and call off at North Cave Wetlands on the way as Mark still needed to see the Spotted Crake, after getting round to the Reedbed Lake the bird soon appeared in the same area as last week but after 5 mins it flew up the channel to the right, amazingly some 30-40 mins later it popped out of a lot nearer patch of reeds and we got some really good views although photography was a challenge through all the vegetation.
Waders at Spurn, Greenshank

Wood Sandpiper


juv Little Ringed Plover

and a certain Crake at North Cave that showed a little bit better than last week

in a bit of evening sunshine

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