I started at the hide at Kilnsea. Three Brent and a drake Pintail were the highlights. There is not much water left and the birds were mostly distant. A pair of Rock Pipits were feeding by the scrape in front of the hide.
Drake Pintail in between Brent Geese.
I drove to the Blue Bell car park and walked up the front of the Sandy Beaches caravan park. On the rocks by the breaking waves there was a Purple Sandpiper, a site tick for me. Off sea, a lone Common Scoter flew south.
Pied Wagtail.There was not much down the beach and I returned by the road to the visitor centre.
A Jack Snipe had been seen at Canal Scrape, but I missed it. A Snipe and a Dunlin were close to the hide. Three Little Grebes were about, one of them spent some time standing on the edge of the water. Two House Martins flew south. Blackbirds, Redwings and Fieldfares fed in the hawthorns.
Little Grebe with fish.
A Little Grebe standing, not something you see every day.
Tree Sparrow.After a stop at the visitor centre, where I was pleased to see a few Tree Sparrows, I walked to the Warren and turned back by the beach. The only bird of notice a Wheatear which flew to the clifftop.
On Beacon lane I had my first Brambling of the season.
In Beacon Ln and by the dunes off Beacon ponds, and in other spots sheltered from the wind, there were many invertebrates to be found. Quite a few Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters, the two late dragonfly species, were about. On the dunes by Beacon Ponds (top shot), a Silver Y moth and a Eupeodes luniger hoverfly fed on sea rocket. No sea aster bees today, most of the sea aster I saw was on seed.
Male Common Darter
Male Common Darter.
Migrant Hawker resting in the brambles.
Migrant Hawkers tend to be very approachable when at rest and this one let me get very close to take a shot at its eyes.
Silver Y moth on Sea Rocket.
The only mammal today was a Grey Seal on the sea just off Beacon Ponds.Although I missed many exciting migrants, including a Red-flanked Bluetail by the Lighthouse, migration was very noticeable today and the mild weather and invertebrates made it for a very pleasant autumn walk around Spurn.