RE: Skua`rd at Spurn. Sunday 4th September 2016

Posted: September 7, 2016 in Bird Watching, Birding
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A call on Saturday to one of my mates from York, Mark K, resulted in me asking him if he was going out birding on Sunday, he invited me along saying there was room. I met Mark K, Nigel S and Paz on the main street at North Cave (of Spotted Crake fame) on a mild morning in Yorkshire.

We arrived at Spurn around 9-15am and had a mooch around until we found one of the regulars who told us that most birders had gone up to do a bit of sea watching as the conditions looked favourable. We went into the hide and enjoyed a really good sea watch, noting: – 4 Red throated Diver, 10 Manx Shearwater, 3 Pomarine Skua, 20 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua, 1 Long tailed Skua, along with lots of the more common birds likely to be encountered at this time of year. I think it was the first time I have ever seen all four of the more common Skua species in one day! We all enjoyed the 2.5 hour sea watch along with around 20 other birders, it was really good.

After some food we decided to go to Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon Lane pool area. We all enjoyed a Wood Sandpiper performing really well just outside the hide, along with Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, and Ruff. A Whinchat and up to 4 Wheatear were also seen in a recently ploughed field nearby. There was a relatively slow passage of Meadow Pipits heading south with a few Swallows and 2 Swift being noted.

The hoped for Cory`s Shearwater that had been seen heading south from Northumberland, did not quite make it as far as Spurn, which was the only slight disappointment on the day. Good day out got home around 8-30pm.

Dave O.dscf4016dscf4031


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