Had a trip to Spurn in the East Riding of Yorkshire today, hoping for some new bird species to tick off my year list. During the week there were lots of reports of different species such as a Red-breasted flycatcher and an Icterine Warbler. Unfortunately neither of these were seen.
Driving towards Spurn you pass through a few of the local villages, we past one lawn and had to reverse back. This was to see a Song Thrush which was foraging for food.
Arriving at Spurn and parking the car we decided to go for a short wander to see what birds were on the near by pond. Not a lot was going on but we stuck around for a bit as a Little Egret was in front of the hide before it flew across to the other side as we walked in; and we were hoping it would come back round. There was also a couple of Mute Swans, a couple of Greylag Geese, a singing Sedge Warbler and both Common and Lesser Whitethroats.
Moving on from here we had heard about a Red-backed Shrike so headed on the path which would leads us to the location. As we were walking up a birder coming towards us said there were two Turtle Doves back in the direction we’d just come from so we turned around and headed back only to be told they’d just flown off. So we turned back and headed for the Shrike. As we got up to where we had originally turned around we were told it had flown towards us. We finally managed to locate it and get a view. It was quite a distance away but a record shot for Britain (as I’ve seen them in Greece) was captured.
As we were viewing the Shrike a Cuckoo flew in and started flying around us and calling like crazy. The damn bird just would not shut up. It’s great to see these birds but when they’re Cuckoo’ing none stop it does get a bit annoying.
Other than the Shrike there wasn’t much around at Spurn so we decided to head off and take a slight diversion to RSPB Blacktoft Sands on the way home. Passing a farm on the way I had to again stop and reverse back as I saw a Yellow Wagtail and it’s not every day you get close views of these birds.
On arrival to Blacktoft we were hoping to get views of the female Montagu’s Harrier that’s been hanging around a bit. We saw lots a Marsh Harriers but the Monty just didn’t want to play. So we watched the Avocets and listened to the very elusive Cetti’s Warbler and had our very own personal flypast from the Red Arrows that were heading south.