|Sunrise over the North Sea|
Another visit to the Seawatch hide, this time for a spot of vis-migging. The light winds were perfect for it and I met up with Ian Whitehouse who was logging the numbers as they flew over during the morning.
|Ian Whitehouse keeps a log of the morning's vis-mig|
Out at sea the most interesting sight was of an Arctic Skua pursuing a gull close in to the shoreline as it tried to force the gull to regurgitate its meal.
|The Seawatch hide at Spurn – a fantastic setting|
|Shelduck over the Humber Estuary|
|The juvenile Red-backed Shrike was a regular feature during the three days|
|A Spotted Flycatcher on the overhead wires along Easington Road|
|The Spurn Point trek at the halfway point|
|There were huge numbers of waders feeding on the Humber mud as the tide went out|
|Sanderling feeding with Redshank|
|A lone Wheatear along the track towards Spurn Point|
|The Spurn Point lighthouse|
|One of four Whinchat near Spurn Point|
While the lads stuck around hunting for the Pied Fly at the Obs I headed off for Beacon Lane, where I soon picked up the female Common Redstart. I texted Matt and soon after the four of us were looking for a Flycatcher. The Redstart had disappeared into a hedge just as Sean approached.
|Matt Phelps, Steve Penn and Sean Foote on the lookout for a Pied Flycatcher|
Steve then locked on to what he thought was a Chaffinch with its back to us high up on an overhead wire. A quick scan revealed it to be a female Pied Flycatcher! Absolutely brilliant. This has been a bogey bird of mine for some time so to actually get a decent view of one at the end of my last day at Spurn was fantastic.
|Sean Foote relocates the Pied Flycatcher along Beacon Lane|
With that we went back to the Obs for what would be a final session of seawatching over a calm sea. Taking a well-earned rest in a chair by the hide we lazily gazed out to sea before I made plans to head back south to Surrey.
It proved worthwhile. While the usual Common Scoter, Little Gull, Kittiwake, Razorbill and Red-throated Divers drifted by Sean locked on to a Skua lazily flying north. After careful study he announced it to be a juvenile Pomarine Skua! What a result at the end of the day and a great seabird lifer for me. We also saw three probable Poms flying south before we finished.
And so ended my visit to a magnificent birdwatching site. I couldn't have wished for more, really. OK, no megas like the Great Snipe that turned up two days later along Beacon Lane to get the pulses racing, but still a great variety of birdlife and a wonderful birding experience. I met some great people and enjoyed excellent company during three days. I can't wait to go back.
Highlights during the three days:
Pale-bellied Brent Goose
Possible Long-tailed Skua
Plus Two-barred Crossbill (Broomhead Reservoir)
Dips during the three days: