Well another Migfest has been and gone and what a fantastic one at that.
It started for me on the Friday, I managed a few hours in the hide on Kilnsea Wetlands and the semi-resident White Rumped Sandpiper was still present giving some nice views to some of those coming early for the Migfest festival.
I went to set up my stand in the afternoon and the place was already starting to buzz. An intangible feeling of anticipation that a great weekend was upon us and that Spurn was going to be shown in its best light to the wider public. All we needed was for the wildlife to perform.
Strong north-westerly winds were forecast for the Saturday so the obvious choice was to have the first hour or so sea-watching. An early start of 5.45 and a torrential shower to blow away any cobwebs. It soon cleared up and the sea was quite busy. Gulls, divers wildfowl and skuas kept things interesting.I had a look on canal scrape and this yielded a green sandpiper. Then a quick look at the moths some stunners were on show including a fantastic red underwing and my new favourite moth a frosted orange-simply stunning. News came over the airwaves of a marsh warbler trapped in Church Field.
A quick look on KIlnsea Wetlands and the white-rumped sandpiper was still there.
The afternoon was spent back at Migfest HQ catching up with friends just talking to loads of people about photography and the many wonders of Spurn.A fantastic hog roast then a wander around Holderness Field, Beacon Ponds and Kilnsea Wetlands to end the day.
Another early start on the Sunday and it was back out looking over the sea. Compared to the day before it was very quiet with only a few ducks and gulls about. Typically a long-tailed skua was called out 10 minutes after I moved off. A look on canal scrape produced some nice views of a water rail (my first of the year).
Soon it was time for the photography workshop. I led 12 enthusiastic customers along canal bank and up to the crown and Anchor, pointing out good photography spots, best time of day and year and what species to target. A lot was crammed in a very short time but everybody seemed pleased with the session.
Walking back to the car I saw a young weasel running about on the road and it was only when I got closer I realised it was chasing a lizard! Something I have never seen before-Spurn just keeps on giving.
It was relatively quiet on the Sunday in terms of rare birds but a couple of barred warblers provided some new quality.
I headed back again the Migfest HQ and had another very enjoyable afternoon talking to more happy customers about photography at Spurn, all too soon it was over.
You had to be there to experience the positivity of the event, it was such a feel good factor and showcased Spurn and the surrounding area in its very best light. It was a privilege to be a part of it and credit must go to everybody, the organisers Spurn Bird Observatory Trust, Westmere Farm and the British Trust for Ornithology the speakers, volunteers and all those who attended for making it a truly memorable event.
Yes the best Migfest yet, and if messers Roadhouse and Garner had been looking down from above, they would have been very proud.