|Probably the star bird of MigFest - Kentish Plover|
One of the MigFest Photos by Dave Tucker
Dad picked me up from school and after a brief stop at home to say bye to Mum and Esme we set off. Even though I live in Yorkshire it's still a long way to Spurn! We got there and put the tent up straight away as it was already getting dark, and then we went off to the talk about how some migratory birds that you wouldn't expect to end up here with theories such as reverse migration theory (where the birds go entirely in the wrong direction) and the dog leg theory (where they start off right and then take a 45* turn.)
|Saturday was wet! Dad and I drying off a bit in the barn|
Stuart (@raptorwatcher) has his back to the camera
It was dry when we got there on Friday evening, but not the next morning! It rained pretty much from 4 in the morning to 6 at night. And there was a lot of it! We were out at 6am and spent pretty much all of that day wet, and there was no point changing either as those clothes would have got sodden too! I'm quite used to the rain, living in the North, but as people were coming from all of the country (some even from the rest of the world), some people weren't best pleased about the rain!
|Still damp but happy and nice to meet Mike!|
- Red-Throated Diver
- Common Scoter
- Manx Shearwater
- Spotted Flycatcher
- Arctic Skua
- Pied Flycatcher
- Kentish Plover
The last two were both interesting finds, the Pied Flycatcher was when I was talking to some people in the Triangle and a small black and white bird flew up and hovered for a few seconds before going back down.
The Kentish Plover was when we were Sea-watching and word came through over the radio. Andy Clements had found it.
BOOM! Just found Kentish Plover riverside Humber #migfest— Andy Clements (@_AndyClements) 10 September 2016
|Dawn from the campsite|
The Kentish Plover on Kilnsea Wetlands is showing extremely well for anyone who's brave enough to go out in the rain pic.twitter.com/3QEAO9n3CA— Daniel Branch (@DanielBranch94) 10 September 2016
|A Meadow Pipit being ringed|
I spent most of the rest of the day birding with the young birders until it was teatime and time for more talks.
The Saturday night talks and had speakers from two other amazing bird observatories on peninsulas, one in America (Cape May) and another in Sweden (Falsterbo). They were amazing places and the numbers of birds that passed through them were incredible. It seems that peninsulas are the best places to see migrating birds as they all get funnelled down the land before they eventually head off to sea, so that way you get to see lots of them. These two observatories and Spurn are going to be working together on research in the future. After this most people headed to the pub so I joined the young birders in a glass of J2O, chatted about birding and just generally had a bit on banter and a laugh. We tried to twitch a badger too but sadly we missed it.
Sunday was another early start as I had arranged to meet the Young Birders at the sea watching hide again at first light. It was hard to get up at 5am but worth it as dawn was amazing. Funny thing with Spurn is that you could see both dawn and sunset over the sea! Sunday was a lovely warm sunny day and was definitely a Meadow Pipit day, thousands of them flew over that day. We saw a flock of Golden Plovers too high in the sky which was incredible watching how they glittered as they changed direction. I spent quite a while there before I went off for another activity,
|Looking up at the lighthouse|
|A panoramic shot from the top of the lighthouse|
When we came down we went for a walk with the Guide who was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the Point and also about the wildlife around there. Common Lizard and Common Blue butterflies were the highlights - it might have been a Barred Warbler but the glimpse of the bird that may have been one was too quick to be sure sadly. We stood at the very tip of the peninsula which was the most southerly point in East Yorkshire before heading back.
|A Common Blue Butterfly on the point|
Well, it was an amazing weekend and I look forward to next year!
Hope you enjoyed,