October club trip to Spurn

The club’s East Coast trip headed for Spurn today with 10 people. First stop was the Easington cemetery but that was quiet so then on to Sammy’s Point where there were large numbers of Goldcrests in the bushes. On the Humber there was a Mediterranean Gull, we also saw Short-eared Owl and Stonechat.
Then to Kilnsea where we eventually had good views of the Richard’s Pipit and further very close views of the large movement of Goldcrest. We dashed back to Easington to try for a reported Pallas’s Warbler without success. After lunch we walked the Triangle, picking up Ring Ouzel, Redwings and Fieldfare. A couple of the group saw Merlin at the Warren and sea-watching from there was quiet though Red-throated Divers and Red-breasted Merganser were seen.
Then back at the Triangle we had good views of a Chiffchaff showing characteristics of the Siberian race, a Redstart and many more Goldcrests, some feeding on the lawn of Cliff Farm. A late attempt for an American Golden Plover was thwarted by the terrain and failing light. So a day of hits and misses, most notable for the incredible number of Goldcrests.
Rob Chapman