Saturday, 13 November 2010

*Spurn Point {East Yorkshire - 16/17th October 2010*

If seeing Dusky warbler and Red-Breasted flycatcher wasn't enough to keep me happy. Another weekend trip to Spurn point with our Southport RSPB group certainly did the job! Arriving in Bangor late evening, on the 14th October; the next morning I was duly up early and back on the train, travelling back to Ormskirk, for what I was hoping to be, yet another mega weekend's birding at Spurn Point Nature Reserve over on the East Coast alongside the River Humber.

Early morning on Saturday 17th, we set off from the north-west and in a few hours, arrived on the East Coast. Seeing as though there is so much to mention about this weekend, I shall just keep it short and tell you what birds we encountered during the weekend and any other intersting sightings along the way. {Yearticks are included in italics}

Highlights included:-

1 Sooty Shearwater
3 Rough-Legged Buzzard
2 Great skua
3 Arctic Skua
1 Pomarine Skua
1 Little Auk
1 Waxwing
1 Ring Ouzel
1 Red-Breasted Flycatcher
1 Juvenile Rose-Coloured Starling
2 Mealy Redpoll
4 Snow bunting
1 Lapland bunting

There were also several of the 'Northern Bullfinch' race, dotted around at various sites within the Spurn area. This race is substantially bigger than our British race and is a lot brighter..

One of several Mealy Redpoll's. This individual was self-found.

1st-winter Red-Breasted Flycatcher in Kilnsea Car-Park

Rather bizarre and scruffy looking Juvenile Rose-Coloured Starling

Just a brief note about the accommodation:- Staying in Withernsea was a great idea, being based 5 mintues from the coast for an early morning seawatch and within easy reach of an evening meal. However, we had, what I can only say as a rather eventful night and that's all I am going to say on the matter.

Arriving back in Ormskirk late on Sunday night {17th], it was time to unpack and re-pack my bags as I would be travelling back to Bangor the following morning, it would have been nice to of had a rest, but rest doesn't seem to relate to me!

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