Monday, April 14, 2014

Spurn 8th-14th

After arriving back from Israel I came through to Spurn on Tuesday 8th, been a decent week, slow at times but plenty of anticipation due to certain rarities further north!

Caught up with plenty of spring migrants, a lifer and 22 new species for Patchwork Challenge 2014!


Blackcap- plenty kicking around now, had 7 in the plum tree at Kew on Thursday feeding on pollen 

3 Goosanders (poss same bird), Brambling flew south, loads of Chiffchaff, plenty of Wheatears, including 3 spring trapped on Clubley's while waiting for the Crag Martin

Handfuls of Sand Martins most days over the weekend flying south with a few Swallows including the first breeders back today, Mistle Thrush over one evening, nice Short-eared Owl kicking about Long Bank, several Whimbrel on the Humber being a nice spring sound, couple of flyover flavas, first singing Willow Warblers, a single Sandwich and Little Terns flying south, 3 Pochards over the sea, a buzzing Tree Pipit, 2 House Martins, a 1w Yellow-legged Gull, Little Ringed Plover and Black-tailed Godwit 'in-off', the British Lifer being 2 Serins, first flying south and dissapearing till couple hours later another/the same flew south into the bushes at the Warren where we thought it was brighter than the first bird which was confirmed when 2 got up and flew north and last one today a cracking male Ring Ouzel.

Great start and forecast looks promising for the foreseeable future!

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