News from Spurn Island

Long-tailed Skua, Sabine’s Gull and a breach

NW winds brought great seabirds past Spurn and especially past my caravan. Background has included Sooty and Manx Shearwaters each morning and evening, lots more Arctic Skuas, many terns including several Blacks and a few Great Skuas. Top spot goes to a juvenile Long-tailed Skua which flew close inshore off the Garner caravan 2 night ago. The last night (29th August) an adult Sabine’s Gull flew south. Fantastic! Overnight also though, the road south of the warren was breached by the high swells and high tide. It took out a chunk of sand dune and ripped up the road. Check it out, photo from this morning (30.8.11):

News items from me:

New dates for guide birding at Spurn. Half day tasters. Come for the morning , get the gen and stay for the rest of the day. A great start to your autumns birding.

Saturday 10th September 8am to 12 noon (2 places left)

Sunday 11th September 8 am to 12 noon (4 places left)

£25 per person. More info here

This coming Sunday 4th September I will be calling out the seabirds Skua and Shearwater cruise on the Yorkshire Bell. More here. Last time I did it a few years ago we got juvenile Long-tailed Skua, Blue Fulmar and several Sooty Shearwaters. Who knows…


Shetland is coming up at the end of September . Still some places available on Taiga Flycatcher week! I met one of our clients from last year at the Birdfair and as soon as we meet he was reminded how much fun we had a booked again. Go on- take the plunge!

and don’t forget the Memory Sticks (see above) Now available by post.

more from Spurn ‘island’ this morning l

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