Four Days To Go

Today’s a day which sort of summaries how Spurn often works - totally unpredictably! On paper, the weather did not look great for passage or migrant arrivals, and truthfully, it (almost) wasn’t: a few Willow Warblers, Redstarts and a Pied Flycatcher made up the low numbers, bolstered by a BARRED WARBLER caught early this morning at the Warren. Enthusiasm renewed, birders set out into the field…and delivered!

A GREAT WHITE EGRET was seen by multiple observers touring the Humber shore, while a second Barred Warbler thrashed around the bushes north of the lighthouse. A wandering OSPREY was quickly followed by a juvenile. RED-NECKED PHALAROPE and a GARGANEY on Kilnsea Wetlands, two PURPLE SANDPIPERS on the Breach, before Kilnsea Wetlands dragged everyone back with a CITRINE WAGTAIL pottering on the mud in the early evening. Throw in 500+ Teal logged over the sea, the first bit of Brent movement of the autumn (Pale-bellieds) and you’ve got another memorable day at this special place caught between the North Sea and the mighty Humber.

Spurn is a place which often does not abide to ‘the rules’, and so to borrow the well-versed mantras of both the Varanger and Israeli birding fraternities - EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED! The perfect phrase to have in mind for all those coming to Spurn MigFest 2017 this weekend.

Tickets are still available - see link at top of page.

Come be part of the action at the 5th Spurn MigFest - a celebration all about migrant birds and the people who watch them. See you at the weekend!!

04 September 2017

Four Days To Go

Barred Warbler - © Dan Branch

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