August at Spurn: NOW!


Andy Roadhouse

The list of rare and scarce birds seen at Spurn in August this year is mouth-watering and there is still a week left – Black Stork, Whiskered Tern, White-winged Black Tern, White-rumped Sandpiper, 2 Red-footed Falcons, Greenish Warbler, Pectoral Sandpiper, Bee-eater, 2+ Caspian Gulls, Cory’s Shearwater, Corncrake, Honey-buzzard, and several each of Wryneck, Barred Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Red-backed Shrike, Wood Warbler, Spoonbill, Long-tailed Skua and Balearic Shearwaters.

Apart from rare and scarce birds there has already been some good migrant passage with good numbers of wading birds moving south off shore and some good Swallow passage, with a few days recording over 1000 birds moving south.

Over the last couple of weeks there have been a few small falls of drift migrants producing several of the scarce migrants listed above. However on 23rd and 24th an incredible fall occurred, probably the best ever in August, certainly for some species and record counts of Willow Warblers (345) and Pied Flycatchers (230) occurred, along with good numbers of regular drift migrants such as Tree Pipits, Redstarts, Whinchats, Wheatears, Garden Warblers, Spotted Flycatchers.

Even on quiet days the number of waders present either on the Humber or at Beacon Ponds and Kilnsea Wetlands has been impressive with over 50,000 birds present on some days, the fields are starting to attract gulls with several Caspian Gulls and Yellow-legged Gulls recorded and up to 49 Mediterranean Gulls.

The tern roost movements have been fairly quiet but still up to 20 Black and 4000 Common Terns have been logged.

So do you want to see just a part of this – then come to the #MIGFEST.

The best place for migration in the UK!


Bird Race- New this year a bird race will run from dawn on Saturday to Sunday lunchtime with prizes for the winning team (2-4 members) of the new Birds of Spurn book, and the Challenge Series: Winter book. Full set of information (and tips on winning!)  will be given to all bird race entrants.

“Where migration is defined”  -Sat night lecture Yoav Pearlman will be speaking on migration through Israel. With massive resurgence and interest in the migration flyways of the Middle East – conservation is at the fore but there are also new discoveries about bird movements and new taxa being discovered. It’s one the best place to pioneer and get ‘wowed’. The sheer spectacle is one of the wonders of the world.

Where to buy tickets click  >>>HERE<<<

Day tickets might be the way forward for you. Come for the Saturday or Sunday, especially if it’s your first time. Taste and see!

The 2014 #migfest video. For a fuller flavour- just watch here:

……………………. >>>> Vist Dave’s Site <<<<



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