A 4:30am start saw my friend Phil and I heading to Spurn on the East coast. Arriving just after 7am we found our first good bird within minutes. A Spotted Flycatcher, which was joined briefly by a Redstart in the hedge.
Overhead was a constant stream of hirundines and hundreds of Meadow Pipits. Warblers were in very good supply, with Reed, Willow, Whitethroat, and Sedge in various places.
Some good sea watching turned up a couple for the year list in Black Tern and Red-throated Diver.
A Mediterranean Gull in a field was nice to see and there were plenty of waders on the mud flats. One that got away though was a Wood Sandpiper that was taken by a Peregrine moments before I could get into the hide. With 70 different species seen in the day though, I couldn't really complain, but I did feel a bit gutted about that Wood Sand. :(
This Sedge Warbler was in hand after being ringed and soon after released.
A Small Tortoiseshell butterfly was one of many seen on the day.
Starlings were starting to gather on the power lines. A sure sign that Autumn is just around the corner.
A small party of Northern Wheatear were in this ploughed field at Kilnsea.
A Yellow Wagtail spent a lot of its preening in the sunshine.