Autumn Comes early at Spurn

With some favorable weather over the last couple of days and a few scarce migrants turning up on the East Coast, I set off for Spurn with high hopes this morning.

I arrived before 6 and checked out canal scrape first.A rather keen westerly was blowing -not exactly conducive for migrant birds, as such there was nothing doing there.

Next stop was canal bushes there was only the odd whitethroat and not much else. I heard a report of a redstart at Bluebell car park so headed down there and it was here that there seemed to be a bit more activity. The redstart showed well followed very quickly by a flighty wood warbler, whinchat and yellow wagtail were also in the car park and a lesser whitethroat in the same bush as the redstart as well as willow warblers and lots of juvenile goldfinches.

I went down Beacon Lane to check for the previous days icterine warbler-it didn't show but a flyby peregrine was nice.

I went back to the car park and the wood warbler showed again, just at the same time one was called out from Kilnsea Caravan site.

i went to have a look and this one showed very well at times in the poplar trees in the main entrance.

It was while waiting for the wood warbler that an icterine warbler popped out and again showed well at times.This was accompanied by a pied flycatcher.

News of a barred warbler on the canal crackled over the airwaves so I went over to check it out and got a brief distant view.

I missed the wryneck by a couple of minutes so retraced my steps, the barred warbler didn't show again so I went for some dinner.

Nothing was doing in the afternoon so I made my way home.

Another fantastic trip to the East Coasts premier birding venue.

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