Its been a while so I thought I’d better update the blog.
First up was an afternoon at Spurn on the 27th September. There has been an influx of Yellow browed Warblers this autumn so we thought we had better see one… We only set off late morning so didn’t rach Spurn till just after lunch. We decided to start at Sammy’s Point and work there first before moving on to Kilnsea and Spurn proper.
On pulling into the car park we saw a small group of about 5 birders looking in the bushes in the car park itself, we were literally just getting out of the car when I noticed a small warbler flip up from a bush nearby, the first YBW! Joining the group of birders we learned they had been watching a Barred Warbler in some hawthorn bushes but it had just jumped out of sight. They made to move leaving us looking at the bushes, as they rached the car the pager bleeped “Arctic Warbler at Driftwood Campsite Kilnsea” cue a mad dash from them… they seemed suprised when we didn’t bother! Anyway we then enjoyed crippling views of the Barred as it crashed around in the bushes and sat enjoying the sunshine! Whilst this was going on a vocal Richards Pipit flew over heading south. We then walked the paddocks at Sammy’s finding 2 more Yellow browed Warblers which showed really well until a camera was pointed at them. I really think they are one of the hardest things to photograph with their restless flicking and darting movements! Working the bushes we saw plenty of common stuff but no more rares. I was however amazed there was only one other birder there, searching!
Best (LOL) I managed of Yellow browed…..
We then moved on to Spurn and Kilnsea and drove past the Arctic Warbler twitch! We parked up and slowly walked back down the road. Here was a newly cut field full of Wheatear and Meadow Pipits all taking advantage of the disturbed insects, the heat haze off the field was intense. Swallows too were skimming the newly cut hay for the insects.
Passing the Crow and Anchor we walked down to the Arctic Warbler spot and joined the small crowd. After a short wait I spotted the bird flicking round and then it walked right out into the open along a bare branch before dropping back into cover (one of the birders who never even raised his bins told me it was a Yellow browed… oh dear… see later!). Anyway there was a period of no sightings before someone called that it had gone back into the caravan park, cue a rush by everyone else to there. I stayed put and soon watched a nice Yellow browed fly in from across the road. This bird showed well and was vocal, only for another to start calling back from the small line of trees by the CP entrance gate, then yet another across the road! After a while the Arctic came back to me and we all enjoyed views as it worked closer and closer to us. It then flew up high into the area where I had last seen the YBW, a bird shot out and across the road. Thats that then said the assembled birders and most left leaving us and about 4 others. The other guys were standing talking when I noticed a movement in the hedge right next to me. A long super and pointy bill peered out at me, stunning views of the Arctic… “its here I said” drawing the attention of the others… the bird posed brilliantly in the sunshine and all I could hear was the rattle of camera shutters… eventually with a single tzick call the Arctic flicked back into the hedge and away! Itwas then I heard the other chaps saying wow best pics of a YBWarbler I’ve got… Huh? I pointed out it was the Arctic we had been watching causing much checking of photo’s………… oh dear!
A steady walk round produced brilliant views (no pics) of 3 more YBW at Cliff Farm, along with loads of Migrant Hawkers
Along the Canal Zone and Bushes we saw Redstart Piedfly, LWhitethroat etc but dipped the RBFlicker, but again the tiss-ick call of YBWarbler was ever present. We must have seen 10+! A pop into Canal Scrape at dusk saw us get brilliant views of Kingfisher and Snipe etc.
Kingfisher at Sunset
Snipe at dusk.
All in all a brilliant day!