It’s been long overdue May 2011 was the last time I’d been in this part of Yorkshire the birds had been good all week so what the eck! But needless to say on arrival most of the migrants had moved on. The first delight was a Great Grey Shrike near the canal scrape area but that was definitely camera-shy soon disappearing from view so I moved on and decided to walk down to the Old high lighthouse.
Walking along the tidal edge of the River Humber I was soon picking a few waders on route, Common Redshank were plentiful as were Curlew and Oystercatcher in and among you could pick up Dunlin, Sanderling, Turnstone and Ringed Plover, a nice surprise was a Little Egret bobbing up and down as it was walking along the creeks.
Getting closer to the lighthouse (which is 3 mile down the spit) I was picking winter thrush Redwing and Blackbird mainly and I did happen on a single Fieldfare, there was also a few House martins making their way south along the spit heading on in to migration and warmer climes, thinking yep a few more weeks and I’ll be joining you.
As I came near to the chalk bank hide I found a very nice Golden Plover walking along the tide line in front of me, so watching and waiting it came closer my way and nicely played model for me as I rattled off a few photos, a beautiful moment
On then to the lighthouse where I stopped for a while before heading back on the return journey picking up a few more species as I went North, Shelduck were about and Brent Geese are back for the winter months. smaller species included Dunnock, Meadow Pipit, with Goldfinch and Linnet overhead there were also a few Stonechat about as well to take pleasure in watching
Not a bumper day out but a pleasurable one and it was good to see Spurn again maybe I won’t leave it has long before I visit again
Day List (in no particular order) :-
Starling, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Black headed Gull, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Dunnock, Goldcrest, Willow Warbler/Chiffchaff, Great Grey Shirke, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Curlew, Redshank, Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Turnstone, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Lapwing, Little Egret, Mallard, House Martin