Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Five days at Spurn - day 3, Friday 25th September

I was joined by long time friends Vaughan Lister and Johnny McLoughlin late on Thursday and Paul Doherty on Friday morning so there were now four of us searching for birds.
The SW wind was still blowing in the early morning, shifting to NW later in the day. There was significantly more visible passage and I added my first Lapland Bunting of the year as it flew south. What could be my last Swift also went south. As the visible migration of passerines died off the first of many skeins of Pink-footed Geese became evident, flying down the coast to Norfolk. In all, almost 2000 birds were recorded by the observatory.
Pink-footed Geese ISO 500 1/1250 f6.3
Another change since my earlier days at Spurn is the impact of the North Sea on the peninsula. The road to the point is no longer passable by car and the peninsula is breached at high tide creating an island.
The sandy area around the breach is good for roosting waders at high tide but there is quite a bit of people disturbance and an early morning high tide would be better in that respect and from a light point of view.
Sanderling ISO 800 1/800 f9
Still a good place to watch Sanderling though. 
Lesser Whitethroat was the only new passerine I added to the list and still no sign of the Yellow-browed Warbler although two were reported today.

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