Migfest & Migrants

This weekend it was the Migfest at Spurn and also Freedomfest in Hull (for me it was a bit like FestFest!)

Anyway having been to the Freedom Festival on Friday (which was brilliant) it was mid-afternoon before I got to Spurn.

First stop was Westmere Farm for my ticket for Sunday and to collect 2 books from the brilliant Challenge Series by Martin Garner.

After looking around some of the other excellent stands and seeing some superb moths,I thought I would look for some birds.

The sea watch earlier had been excellent but died off by mid afternoon so I went to see if I could se the red-backed shrike. It performed nicely despite the strong north-westerly winds and I managed to get some decent shots.

There were a few common migrants about but nothing new so I headed off to spend the last hour at Stone Creek. There was no sign of the black stork but another red-backed shrike showed quite well.

I headed back for Spurn this morning and arrived before first light with the intention of doing some sea-watching.It wasn't as good as yesterday, however I saw a sooty shearwater, arctic skua, bonxie, fulmar and red throated divers.

It was a bit slow so news of a barred warbler had me heading down Beacon Lane and it showed quite well amongst photogenic red berries.

I went back up to Westmere for a bacon and egg sarnie which was very nice and apart from a spotted flycatcher I saw very little else.

I called in for the reported red-necked phalarope at Hornsea Mere but that had vanished.

All in all the migfest was a wonderful event and will definitely be back next year.