Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Red-rumps race through Spurn

Having not visited Spurn recently for various reasons - with the chance of plenty of birds in the offing, I decided to head east. I spent most of the day sat at the Warren with 'Mr Spurn' Adam Hutt, Garry Taylor et al and a cracking day's birding was had - without actually having to move anywhere!

Maybe c1200+ Swallows raced south with Red-rumped Swallows south at 10.30 and 14.40. The latter I found before Mr Spurn - which is an achievement in itself as he picked out everything else! Too many birds to mention, best to check out the Spurn Bird Obs sightings page for the day's records.

Highlights included 8+ Marsh Harriers south, 1 Hobby south, 1 Buzzard (west), several Little Egrets bloggin, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Whinchat, a Nightingale in the hand. I'd gone to the Point when the day's Montagu's Harrier went thru!

This Garganey was on Canal Scrape.

Wheatear at the Point.

Brown-tail moth the easiest of the inverts to pick out as the army of caterpillars destroys the leaves of each and every bush once again this year. A Four-spotted Chaser was at the Warren and a Broad-bodied Chaser just eluded the camera at the Point, before disappearing into the Brown-tail infested Blackthorns.

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