Spurn Weekend..1st & 2nd October.

The weather for both days was mainly sunny, with temps around the 15ºC. T/shirt weather for October, just didn’t seem right. The weathermen got Saturday afternoon totally wrong, they had predicted rain from 1pm, but it stayed sunny. Although the weather was great, the wind was in the totally wrong direction for good birding. With this being my 1st visit to Spurn, I could only imagine how great it must be when the wind is in the right direction and they have thousands upon thousands of migrants drop into this thin strip of land.

I will post the photos chronologically…

Saturday…

Marsh Harrier…

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Stonechat…

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Red Admiral…Did not expect to see many Butterflies, but we saw quite a few over the weekend…

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Wheatear…

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This was actually a big flock of Golden Plover. I wish I could have taken a wider view of them flying over, It looked amazing. The 1st of the bottom 3 Golden Plover is just losing it’s breeding black underparts…still looks blotchy…

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One of the early Saturday morning Roe Deer…

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There were plenty of Turnstones all combing the beach looking for a meal…

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There was also a large number of Knot on the Humber side of Spurn…

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This is the most Whinchat I have ever seen in one day, with 6 counted round the Yorkshire Wildlife Trusts..Canal Scrape….

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Long-tailed Tit…

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I got the chance to use my 1.4x converter on the Canal Scrape. We went for the Jack Snipe. On the approach to the hide, people were saying it had not showed for around 4 hours. So we got lucky when it popped out for around 10 minutes, just after we had sat down. It was distant, and this photo is the only one I managed, when the Jack Snipe was in the open. Most of the time it was either in the reeds, or amazingly just behind 3 Mallards. Never mind, I still love to see Jack Snipe springing up and down on their legs. P.S. I was really happy with what the 1.4x teleconverter gave me…

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Little Grebe had a successful dive for a fish. The other photo although distant, is something I can’t remember seeing before…one walking on the side of the scrapes bank. Seeing it walk, it’s probably wise to stay in the water. It looked most ungainly…

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This is me (taken by Ken) looking for a Wryneck at the Gas terminal. We missed it by about 30 minutes…

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I managed to get a sequence of photos, just as this Greenshank caught and swallowed a fish…

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Roe Deer was just off the Scrape near the Greenshank, watching the 2 feed brought a nice wildlife end to our Saturday. Also we were getting hungry…

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After a lovely Steak and Ale Pie and Chips (Ken had Salmon and Potatoes…Healthy Option), with a well earned few bevvies at the Coach and Anchor to wash it down, it was time to put our feet up in our room. After about 2 hours watching tv, and the fact we were getting up really early,to do some Sea Watching, it was time to get some sleep. I must admit I was shattered, after nearly a full day walking. We had a great view from our bedroom window looking over The Humber Estuary, and this sunset was a fitting end to a most enjoyable 1st day…

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Sunday..

Like I said above, we started out early Sunday morning to do a bird Sea Watch. For me this proved very successful. I got my 1st ever Sooty Shearwater (No Photo – Lifer 312). In fact we saw 6. Also seen were 2 Great Skua, 2 Manx Shearwater, 10 Red-throated Diver, 3 Common Scoter, Numerous Gulls/Gannets and Auks. So if my day had ended then, I’d have been more than happy. I didn’t take the camera out, just the Binoculars and Scope.

With my camera back in hand, the 1st photos I got early Sunday morning, was of a Dunlin and Ringed Plover in flight, it’s shame the sun wasn’t completely up….

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This Wheatear, was showing nicely on the beach and rocks…

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This Kestrel just missed a Meadow Pipit, after it flew from it’s post. I wish I had gotten a photo, as the Meadow Pipit flew for it’s life, but it was over within a few seconds. by the time I got focused on the Kestrel in flight, it was well over..Kestrel 0 v Meadow Pipit 1..

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Since my late Grandad told me about his Army days in WW2, I have always had a fascination about all things from the 2nd World War. So seeing this 15 foot Sound Mirror was a real treat. This is the forerunner of the Radar. It was used as an early warning for approaching enemy aircrafts about to bomb the many east coast docklands…

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It’s always so sad to see so much human rubbish on a high tide line. Especially on such a lovely beach. At least it gave this Linnet somewhere to shelter from the wind…

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The Lovely Beach (Kens Photo)…

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In my opinion these Wind Farms are spoiling the look of many areas of coastline…

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Ringed Plover…

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Yours Truly photographing above Ringed Plover (Kens Photo)…

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Ken…Sea Watching…

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House Sparrow on the Rocks which defend much of the coastline round Spurn. The Rocks not the House Sparrow…

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A big flock of Knot flew up the Humber Estuary. In the background you can see Grimsby Dock Tower. Although the tower looks close, it’s 1 hour 35 minutes drive to get there. Unless you own a boat of course.

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Although I’ve seen a number of Yellow-browed Warblers before. This is my 1st photo of one. Problem being they are never still in amongst the leaves. This one did give me the briefest of photo opportunities…

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The Bird tick list for the 2 days was 80 species in total (Kens Photo)…

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Ken has told me this was a really bad 2 days for Spurn, mainly because the wind was in the wrong direction. Only thing I can say is…If this was a bad weekend, I can’t wait to go back on a good weekend..I had a Brilliant Time!!!

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