Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Red-backed Shrike, Cleethorpes

What a cracker of a bird ! 




Pied & Spotted Flycatchers 

Two distant short-eared owls

We thought it would be a good idea to head to Spurn on Monday afternoon after torrential rain in the morning. The forecast told us it would be fine and sunny by 4pm - wrong ! So the big fall of birds that we thought we would get, never happened. The rain never really stopped and the icterine warbler remained elusive. A real autumnal nip in the air that needed hats and gloves and it was still August !

Monday, August 31, 2015

Spotted Flycatchers

Plenty of food ! 

At least 12 spotted flycatchers on our local walk this morning gorging themselves on the hatching flies !

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Great white egret at Alkborough Flats and other goodies

 A walk round Alkborough today with 3 whinchats and then this great white egret that has been around for a while.  Amazing how many birders walked straight past this big white bird  !


Ringed plovers and dunlin 

Barnacle geese 

Grey Heron with supper 


 Curlew. Pity the reeds couldn't be cut infront of the hide so birdwatchers could actually see the birds.

Finished a fantastic day off with this sunset spoonbill. A brilliant day, in good company with a good laugh putting the birding world to rights.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pied Flycatcher extravaganza, Sammy's Point, Kilnsea

One of those magical afternoons at Spurn when birds simply pour in. Well over 100 pied flycatchers arrived between 2pm and 4pm, the bushes were dripping with them. Also very high numbers of willow warblers. The supporting cast was equally as impressive with wheatears, whinchats, spotted flycatchers, tree pipit, 6 redstarts, garden warbler and a wryneck. Haven't had an afternoon at Spurn like that for some time, absolutely fantastic !