6th Nov

I didnt get to the mere on Saturday as a rather confiding Isabelline wheatear at spurn proved to much of a temptation. I hung around for the day enjoying the spectacle of redwings and blackies dropping in and the anticipation of picking up something else was too strong. So on Sunday an early start on KP was planned before the fisherman set sail across the mere flushing everything before them. A grey wag flew over west and a noticable arrival of goldeneye was the only thing of note. After yesterdays vis mig at spurn I decided a search around Wassand was called for as there must of been a movement of redwings and finches through there. Plenty of birds to scan through with redwings, fieldfare and chaffinch being the most abundant but mixed in with them included 5 crossbill, 22 redpoll and small flocks of siskin. The wind was a moderate northerly so by lunchtime I headed to Mapp for a seawatch which proved fairly rewarding, 6 snow bunts came straight in as I arrived and dropped into the field by the car park. Plenty of movement on the sea with eider, common scoter, red throats and kitties constantly in view, 4 little auks went north and a probable grey phal ( just a bit to distant to nail for certain ). Great weekends birding, especially with a Yorkshire tick to top it off.


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