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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Issy Wheatear, another Yorkshire tick

I took Friday off to have another days birding with Mark, who has been off all week, and Pete, it was back to Spurn naturally and we had a great start to the day with the Isabelline Wheatear found at the start of the week still present and showing well just south of the boatyard at Easington, a fine Yorkshire tick for me, also a superb Siberian Stonechat had been found in the vicinity and that also showed well. After spending some time with them two gems we moved down to the Warren in search of a Barred Warbler that had been seen earlier, lots of Goldcrests around and a couple of Lesser Whitethroats but there had been no further sign of the Barred, then the radio crackled a Pallas’s Warbler was showing down at Sammy’s Point, we headed off there and were soon on to this cracking little bird, we’ve waited a long time for a nice showy one and we spent quite some time taking a portrait or two. After a late lunch we went back to Spurn and had a potter around the Crown and Anchor/Cliffe Farm area plus Church and Corner Fields where there were a handful of Lesser Redpolls and Bramblings around but the afternoon had become generally quiet so we ended up going back and having another session with the Siberian Stonechat in much better light than in the morning then ended the day at Welwick Marsh where there was a nice Starling murmuration, a female Merlin shot through and a Marsh Harrier dropped in late on.  
Isabelline Wheatear, 371st Yorkshire tick

out in the middle of the field at first it eventually came reasonably close

the nearby Siberian Stonechat

Lesser Whitethroat at the Warren

"Northern" Wheatear

the back end of what turned into a very showy Pallas's Warbler

getting ready for Red Nose Day

Flashing the rump

cracking little bird

Lesser Redpoll

desolate looking beach from the Bluebell car park

Sibe Stonechat in better light

showing the dark under-wing coverts

and pale peachy rump

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