12th – 14th October – Spurn 2012

Posted: October 17, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Another year nearly gone by and another Spurn trip,this time for a long weekend,it was to prove eventful to say the least!! Me and Bob K left Rochdale at 6:30am and headed for Stone Creek, Sunk Island area, Humberside, no easterlies blowing, so, nothing really special was expected. We managed a few common raptors but, for me, the 15 Roe Deer moving around the area were really nice. Off to Patrington Haven to see lots of waders next, but there were hardly any birds there at all. Time to check out anything interesting on a rare bird site we thought, the news was, “Pallas`s Grasshopper Warbler at Whitburn, near South Shields”, I know they are real skulkers but we had to go for it, didn’t we?. Bob took the wheel and got us towards York, then a dart up the A19 and into Marsden Quarry, Whitburn. A mere 160 miles from Spurn. Upon arrival no sightings since 2:05pm and it was 4:30pm, would we be lucky? A few birders on site showed us the area the bird had been seen in and one man said the bird is in this clump of grass, but, as hard as he tried it wouldn’t fly out. By 5:50pm as the light began to falter and we left for Spurn, did we feel like we had made a wrong call on this one, what would we have thought if the bird had be sat out like it had been earlier in the day, no, it was a real good trip and we were really due to “dip out” on a bird sometime. We got to Patrington chippy at 8:25pm and enjoyed fish and chips and by 9:00pm were sat in the club at Sandy Beaches Caravan site enjoying a few pints of bitter, with Steve and Chris Brown, Billy Jackson and Martin Quinlan who thought we might have fancied a cup of PG Tips, nice one boys! Saturday dawned and a good breakfast was had, now for some proper birding! A trip along the point was soon abandoned, with news of a Tawny Pipit near Easington Lagoons, but, as we made our way the bird flew off towards Sammy’s Point, so we had a go for it there, but, no joy. Bob K. got a few going with a possible Woodlark (Martin had heard one on Friday evening as he arrived) again to no avail, a few nice birds around here though, Yellow Wagtail, Yellowhammer, Lesser Whitethroat and a steady passage of Redwing. News of a Bearded Tit in the canal area got us all going, a Spurn tick for all, I think! As we arrived the bird was “pinging” away and when it showed, it was a cracking male bird. A Jack Snipe from the Canal Scrape hide and then 2 Short Eared Owl’s patrolling the canal area made it feel like a “mini Scillies”. A trip down the point finally revealed a really smart Yellow Browed Warbler and after a seawatch we headed back to the caravans for our evening meals and a few beers, plus an interesting debate about global warming. Sundays birding began with a trip to the point, only interesting bird was a model doing a photo shoot in rather skimpy clothes with a backdrop of the old lighthouse, very nice! The YB Warbler was still showing and a look at Chalk Bank revealed a few missing waders from our trip list. We had a look at Beacon Lane pools and used the new footpaths in the area and admired the new lagoon area, not much on the old lagoons, apart from Brent Geese and Wigeon. After we packed up ready to set off for home, the Tawny Pipit again showed itself at Easington Lagoons, got to give it another go then. Upon arrival the bird promptly flew away and none of us saw it leave, ah well a good way to end another excellent trip. 93 species seen and 4 year ticks for myself,very good trip( would have been excellent if PG Tips would have been seen on Friday)

Dave Ousey.

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