A quiet day at Spurn

Not what we were hoping for when we set off early on Saturday morning, but a quiet day is what we had. Arriving at 7am we’d already missed Spoonbill and Turtle Dove and though there were Chinese whispers about Golden Oriole sightings, there were just none to be had.

The local Lesser Whitethroats put up a good show along with other resident warblers. A Cuckoo was rather showy and lots of Little Terns at Beacon Lane pools are always good to see.

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We spent the late afternoon and evening at Hatfield Moors – the Red-necked Grebe showed well at the north end of ten-acre lake after we’d negotiated a road with potholes of Cuban standards. We then searched in vain for the waders that had been reported at the southern end of the peat bog. So not a great day for birding even though it was May and we had a stiff north-easterly breeze.

I’ve had the moth trap out at home on a couple of occasions as the weather was now warm enough and Thursday nights catch was rather impressive – probably all common stuff but I could identify most. The list included Peppered Moth, White Ermine, Alder Kitten, White-pinion Spotted, Flame and Silver-ground Carpet, Small Phoenix, Scalloped Hazel and Herald.

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