Saturday, September 20, 2014

Masked Shrike, Kilnsea


After a very hectic day yesterday we thought we would take it easy this morning and go out birding after lunch - wrong!  Karen started the weekly grocery shop only to abandon it mid-shop after a call from Steve and John who were both at Spurn and both looking at the masked shrike. Made a very speedy trip there and eventually managed to see the bird. It was not easy as Karen wasn't tall enough to see it from the road but the shrike eventually flew up and landed behind Rose Cottage where we had brilliant views from canal bank. 

So, 2 new UK birds in 2 days for us taking Karen's UK tally to 371. A fabulous day in excellent company and a good laugh was had by all !!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Olive-backed Pipit, Gibraltar Point







A days holiday for us two so decided to head to Gibraltar Point in the hope of seeing the olive-backed pipit which would be a new UK bird for Karen. Joined the crowd of birders in the mosquito invested wood and then waited for a good 4 hours until we had a definite sighting. The bird had been seen fleetingly twice but it was absolutely impossible to locate. So, braved the biting mosquitoes and stuck it out and just before 4pm we all struck lucky. An excellent day taking Karen's UK tally to 370.

We finished the day off with a fish and chip tea from Upton, Lincs. The best fish and chips in the world and one of the few chippys in the best food guide. Highly recommended !

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Great Grey Shrike, Kilnsea




It has been one of those fantastic weekends and such a pity that it has to end !

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Red-breasted Flycatchers, Kilnsea


















A brilliant day at Spurn today with 4 red-breasted flycatchers, wheatears, whinchats, redstart, wood warbler, wryneck, spotted and pied flycatchers and a barred warbler. 
Not a bad day really !

Wood Warbler, Crown and Anchor, Kilnsea



Wood Warbler

Marsh Warbler

We only managed very fleeting glimpses of this wood warbler which remained elusive all day. That is, until the ringers caught it in the nets, then we had fabulous views !

Also caught and rung at Church Field was this marsh warbler.

Pied Flycatchers, Kilnsea











Lots of pied flycatchers today at Spurn. 
This one in the Crown and Anchor car park was a stunner.

Wheatears, Spurn










4 wheatears on the rocks at Cliff Farm

Wednesday, September 10, 2014