Spurn Bight – Humber Estuary – GMT 32

By: snowgood

Aug 03 2020

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Category: adventure, birds, Walking

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After looping around Spurn Head and trying to walk on sinking sand we both had filthy feet.

Roz chose the Eastern shoreline to wash off the mud, whilst I looked for seals.

I’ve not been here before, but it looked like seal territory. About 100 feet offshore the back of a Grey Seal was broke the surface.

Later it did that typical pose, looking at the beach with doleful eyes.

After refreshment at the visitor centre I grabbed an ice cream I popped into the nearby hide.

All that was “showing” were Reed Warblers, Mallard, and Swallows. An adult swallow fluttered in beside me several times, but curiously I couldn’t any fledglings behind me.

Despite reports of a Red Necked Pharalope at Kilnsea I had to stick to my plan, and keep walking.

Roz drove to Patrington to meet a friend, and I estimated a three hour walk before I’d catch up with her.  Hopefully the rare bird would still be there on Sunday.

Soon I was on the Easington Road watching scores of swallows swooping around, and even more excited to see a single Sand Martin resting on a telephone wire.

The Crown and Anchor was doing brisk business, as I headed north before following the Greenwich Meridian Trail away from Kilnsea Wetlands.

Out on the edge of Spurn Bight I met a chap from the Spurn Observatory, and then cracked on as the skies clouded over and it suddenly started to get windy.

The tide was up by now, and the next few miles revealed numerous Curlew, Whimbrel, and Oystercatchers along the shoreline.

A pair of Kestrels hunted with heads into the wind, with their classic fan-tailed stance.

I may have missed a birding first in Kilnesa, but I was happy striding alongside the Humber estuary.