I had a couple of trips to Spurn this weekend. The first on an absolutely gorgeous day on Friday was quite disappointing bird wise. A rattling lesser whitethroat was the highlight of a walk to Sammy's Point along with a single whitethroat and a few chiff-chaffs and willow warblers.
A walk round the bushes near the canal yielded another lesser whitethroat.
A couple of house martins were feeding over Beacon Lane and the odd swallow flew south.
I walked to the breach in the hope of seeing a glaucous gull but there was no sign. I had a look on a very quiet Kilnsea Wetlands and it was here I heard that a nuthatch had been seen near Panchos Pond. A quick trip there and it had been relocated at Kilnsea Wetlands car park. I managed a fleeting view before it carried on its journey north. Nuthatch are quite rare at Spurn so this went down as bird of the day.
I had another trip this morning and with a little bit of east in the wind and some rain- things looked more promising.
I started at canal bushes and there were a few common warblers but not a lot else then news of the first good bird of the day broke- a firecrest near Bluebell Pond caravan site. It showed very well in roadside bushes. I then went to Kilnsea Wetlands and git distant views of a very smart blue headed wagtail. There was also a few yellow and white wagtails as well as my first whimbrel of the year and some photogenic skylarks. A marsh harrier flew south past long bank marsh.
I went to the warren after a report of a ring ouzel and it was showing well along with a few wheatear and a cracking whinchat. A bullfinch was feeding on the bushes at the warren and a steady trickle of hirundines flew south.
A red kit drifted south over the Humber.
At round 12.15 one of the Spurn regulars picked up a red-rumped swallow feeding over Clubleys field occasionally dropping down to get a drink from the scrape. It eventually went North without coming close but still made for an exciting climax to a brilliant morning.
All in all a day that epitomises Spurn lovely weather, some nice Spring migrants with a sprinkle of something more exciting and some nice company at Numpties.