Friday, 7 June 2013

Red hot June at Spurn?

With the nice weather last weekend came the nice birds, the most popular of which was the Thrush Nightingale that settled in at Sammies Point, Easington. It sang regular, but typically frustrated, by only showing occasionally and usually poorly to most of the gathered throng. That said, some observers did get lucky and it did manage to find its way onto several Yorkshire lists. Sprosser apart, it was mostly Marsh Warblers, Red backed Shrikes and the odd Common Rosefinch, though Flamborough managed a Red-spotted Bluethroat and Filey three Common Cranes. The Sprosser appeared to depart Sunday, but then mysteriously showed up (or should that be sung up?) again Thursday so there will be a few people hopeful of a repeat performance this weekend. As the week progressed the weather and the birds took a dip, but as soon as it picked up again the drift migrants reappeared and by Thursday it was red hot, particularly at Spurn where a fire at the obs’ meant it has had to be closed until further notice. 
 Things are looking up - this Spoonbills looking up
  at a passing Osprey at Denaby Ings this week
 - Justin Carr

Following the recent influx of Long-tailed Skuas, sea-watching at Flamborough in recent days is proving that there are plenty still out there so there might be a few eyes to sea this weekend too. What is presumably the same Great White Egret blogging up and down the coast appeared at Hornsea Mere yesterday and several Spoonbills were seen including the immature has been residing in the Lower Dearne Valley for more than a month. And so on to today and its shaping up to be an interesting weekend with a Woodchat Shrike already on the peninsula at Spurn. So what might we expect - surely a Bee Eater at the very least? Watch this space........

Another shot of the immature Spoonbill at Denaby Ings
  - Justin Carr

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