Tuesday, 7 November 2017

A sunny November day at Spurn

The first frost of the year, I had to scrape ice from the car windshield before the trip. It was a beautiful sunny morning, with a very light westerly wind. I made a first stop on Kilnsea Wetlands, where the highlight were three drake Pintail sleeping amongst the Greylags, and a Knot. A few Dunlin, Redshank and Lapwing were the only other waders, but there was a flock of Curlew on the field at the other side of the road. 
Knot on the wetlands. 
A view of the wetlands from the hide. 
Group of birds on the spits. 
Redshank and Dunlin smiling for the camera. 
 I move onto the triangle. There were Blackbirds everywhere, on the beach, on the road, and especially gorging on the haws of the hedgerows. Also plenty of Redwing and Robins. A Chiffchaff fed quietly on the willows by the Crown and Anchor. Very little actually migrating though, a group of 60 Pink-footed geese moving south were the most noticeable. Out of the breeze and in sunny areas it was quite mild. A Red Admiral fluttered around a flowering ivy on the church grounds, and I came across 2 darters, one of them too flighty to photograph and plenty of droneflies. The other notable invertebrate was a snail-killing fly, 
A ringed blackbird on the beach. 
Sunbathing starling. 
Robin on the caravan site. 
 It is low tide, and there is quite a lot of activity on the mudflats near the high tide mark, with Redshank, Golden and Grey Plover, Curlew Dunlin and Ringed plover, and a Little Egret feeding on the creeks of the saltmarsh.

A ring of Golden Ploved on the mudflats. 
Common Darter near the new visitor centre. 
Grey Plover. 
Ringed Plover. 
A view of the new visitor centre from the bank. 
Around the warren it feels very quiet. I walk toward the breach and see that there was a breach in the early morning tide, with new sand piling over the saltmarsh side.
 On the fence posts near the Blue Bell, a lone Stonechat feeds. Overall, 53 bird species on the day trip.

Wall pattern of the Warren Cottage.
Magpie near the breach. 
The unimog trail on the breach, looking north. 
A snail-killing fly, Sepedon sphegea.
Scarecrow on field.
Pink-footed geese skein. 
Great Black-backed gull on the beach.
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