Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Cracking Kilnsea


So the first bird I saw was a Yellow-browed Warbler in the Crown and Anchor which was followed very swiftly by a Red-breasted Flycatcher and a Pied Flycatcher. It was a good start that would have improved immeasurably if I had connected with the Rose-coloured Starling at Easington. Up there I saw a few Redstarts and plenty of Meadow Pipits plus a few Chiffchaffs. I returned an hour later to Kilnsea and got stuck into the migrants in the area. Further Yellow-brows in Kew and a Spotted Flycatcher on the roof of the church along with more Pied Flys, a Goldcrest and a Willow Warbler. More common migrants were knocking about and 2 Red-breasted Flycatchers were showing in Kew Villa.


A Lesser Whitethroat showed well at the gate and we were shown a Tree Pipit in the hand.



I was heading along the River along the canal with ample numbers of Redstarts, Lesser Whitethroats and a Garden Warbler. A Little further along and a Whinchat topped a post. I became aware of a Greenish Warbler a few hundred yards away at Riverside Hotel and quickly turned round. A wise decision as my second Greenish showed at first piecemeal and finally atop a bush before departing to Steve Exleys plantation. Cracking view at the end although very brief. No sooner had this bird gone than a Hen Harrier was seen hunting the fields to the west near Beacon Lane.

I headed back to the Crown where the Red-breasted Flycatchers were showing intermittantly. I managed a few record shots and heard a Yellow-brow. I connected with another Yellow-brow across the road in Cliff Farms walled garden along with a Reed Warbler and a couple of Lesser Whitethroats and a Garden Warbler. A Great Spotted Woodpecker hit the nets in Kew and flycatchers were everywhere. I dipped a Barred Warbler and it was time to go after a rendez-vous with Michael Flowers to purchase a couple of his Calenders. At last knockings the report of an interesting warbler in long grass near Clubleys led to a probable Locustella sp. missing the mist nets. In light of the 3 mainland PG Tips today several long faces were present.




The two RB Flys are probably different birds.

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