Flamborough Head, Hornsea Mere, Kilnsea / Spurn & Northwich 1/9/13

Posted: September 3, 2013 in Birding
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Nearly a full team for our annual sea watch at Flamborough Head. Leaving Milnrow at 6am and settling down on the cliffs by 8am. The weather was not good for our purpose but, as we know it will not always follow what passes by these cliffs! In a couple of hours we saw:- 4 Sooty Shearwaters, 6 Great Skua & a very dark Arctic Skua and lots of Gannet,Fulmar, Swift and a few auks so, not a bad haul. We called in at Hornsea Mere and soon located 2 Black Terns and about 10 Little Gulls who just sat at the mere’s edge and again Swifts, nice to see a few staying around reminding me of summer! Next stop was Kilnsea / Spurn were we quickly located a Red Backed Shrike, we tried to find one of the Wryneck’s that had been seen earlier without any luck. It was pretty quiet so we pushed on to our next location. One of our number had not seen Stilt Sandpiper, therefore, Neumann’s Flash, Northwich, Cheshire was next stop. The bird was on a flash we used to visit in our old RSPB trip days, it has certainly grown up since we last visited, gone are all the large amounts of gulls from the tip that has closed and all the Turtle Doves that used to be there! Well enough nostalgia, the walk to the shelter / hide was short and the bird was still on show, it was a bit distant but,  it had been worth the long drive over. Time had once more beaten us and we got back to Rochdale by 6pm. Migration season is now upon us, lets hope it’s a good one.

Dave O.

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