|Spotted Flycatcher at Spurn|
|The North Sea side of Spurn Point (looking south)|
|Old sea defenses with a relatively calm and flat North Sea beyond|
This YWT owned area is nationally and internationally renowned as a bird migration hotspot and the last few days had brought sightings of Red-backed Shrikes, Wynecks, and Barred Warbler so I was hopeful for some good birding while we spent much of the morning and afternoon at this stunning location. However if I am truthfully honest I am not a very good birdwatcher and probably would struggle to tell the difference between many of the rarer Warblers and the more familiar British species, but despite this it was actually nice to actually do some proper birding again for the first time since our Norfolk holiday.
As I enjoyed a walk up and down the narrow spit (going as far as the lighthouse and back) a few interesting birds were spotted, with a trio of Spotted Flycatchers, a few juvenile Whitethroats and plenty of Willow Warblers being the most obvious birds, though at one point I did encounter a bird which I would describe as Whitethroat like but somewhat larger, bulkier and more grey than I would expect. Unfortunately I failed to get a shot of this particular bird as it was in heavy cover at the time and only briefly appeared for me to get a decent enough view with the binoculars, but a quick look through my guide book makes me think it could well have been a juvenile Barred Warbler (however without a pic to confirm my suspicions it can't be added to my personal list and I don't trust my memory enough either).
|Juvenile Whitethroat (or at least I think so)|
|Very distant shot of a Wheatear|
Meanwhile along the beach a single Wheatear was spotted amongst the ruins of the wartime defences, and Sanderlings were seen passing by just offshore, but despite my best efforts I failed to spot any Skuas or any other interesting birds out at sea (the westerly wind not really helping in this regard or indeed a niece whom wanted to paddle in the surprisingly warm North Sea). Returning northwards and up towards Kilnsea a couple of Whinchats posed obligingly along a wire fence and another Wheatear was spotted, but despite the fact we had spotted a large gathering of men with scopes staring into a neighbouring field when we had initially arrived, there was no sign of them or the bird in question when we returned (I think they had probably been looking for the reported Red-backed Shrike).
|A less tight crop of the earlier Spotted Flycatcher|
|Another sort of bird (somewhat noisier than the feathered kind)|