Monday, 17 September 2012

A rather uninspiring westerly wind has kept excitement to a minimum in the County during the last few days. Seabirds dominated and although the sea wasn't brilliant it did produce a couple of Leach's Petrels at Spurn and provided many headland birders with sightings of Long-tailed Skua. Perhaps the biggest (or smallest?) surprise was an extremely early Little Auk that flew down the Humber at Spurn. Also over the Humber there, were several Manx Shearwaters and huge numbers of Gannets, a couple of juvs of which even had the audacity to land in the bushes! A Pec' Sand also made a couple of brief appearnaces at Spurn when it flew over the Warren. Maybe the Pec' at Newington floods on the South Yorkshire / Notts border should have copied that birds elusive behaviour, as it sadly bird fell prey to a Sparrowhawk today. Lastly a Barred Warbler was at North Landing, Flamborough this afternoon.

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