Izzit Worth It?

Well at 10.00 yesterday I’d have said no. Skev and I had set off early to Spurn hoping to twitch the Isabelline  Wheatear that was found on Friday evening and had showed all day on Saturday. We’d both been unavailable on Saturday so with what appeared to be a claggy night our hopes were high.

After chatting to a few others and walking the beaches either side of Spurn it was clear we’d dipped and clear there was little else around. Cutting our losses we headed back to Blacktoft Sands RSPB reserve getting food on the way.

On arrival we checked out the fields adjacent the reserve but couldn’t find anything resembling a Common Crane… something of a pattern emerging here? Undaunted we headed into the reserve to just enjoy the birds. The feeders have a good spread of species but the Tree Sparrow are the main draw for me. They allowed a bit of digiscoping.

Tree Sparrow

Tree Sparrow

Flocks of Pink-footed Goose were constantly going over but occasionally they just seemed to go round and round… not sure what that was about. The other most noticeable bird was Golden Plover, the skies often being filled with up to 10000 of them.

Away from birds we had two Red Admiral and at least six Common Darter enjoying the late autumn sunshine. They were pretty tame and would rest on anything pale.

Common Darter

Common Darter

Common Darter

The raptor roost was over by about 16.15 and we enjoyed two Hen Harrier and around 13 Marsh Harrier dropping in for the night.

So was it worth it? Of course it was… there’s more to enjoy than twitching.


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