Monday, 21 September 2015

Spurn Head. 10th -13th September 2015


My first visit to Spurn Head and all being well not the last! I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the area even though I missed out on a Red Breasted Flycatcher, Red-backed shrike and Yellow -browed Warbler though sightings each day of a Short-eared Owl  and on the last day of the trip two S E Owls for me more than made up for them!

Yorkshire W T Kilnsea Wetlands, Welwick Saltmarsh, Sammy's Point and Spurn Point were the areas explored!
Highlight species seen in no particular order were: Kestrel, Pied and Spotted Flycatcher, Whinchat, Wheatear, Redstart, Swallows, Martins, Redshank, Wigeon, Dunlin, Little Egret, Greylag, B T Godwit, Shelduck, Common Snipe, Med Gull, Willow Warbler, Starling, Common Tern, Greenshank, Golden Plover (some still coming out of summer plumage). Also seen on the trip were: Roe Deer, Hare, Seal, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Moths and a Grasshopper.

We had booked places on the Y W Trusts safari style tour of Spurn in their all-terrain vehicle! It was interesting to hear about the history of Spurn Point and we also had the chance to walk around the point for an hour! Well worth the ride to save your legs on what would have been a very long walk!

The scenery and chats with some very friendly locals and visitors made the trip a very enjoyable one.
It was lovely to see the Butterflies and  Dragonflies that were seemingly in good numbers especially so the Dragonflies.

A Silver Y Moth that I came across at Welwick Saltmarsh. On Spurn Point they were seen in great numbers, an immigrant species.

This Doe and her Fawn were seen from a window of the B&B we were staying at. A little later appeared a Buck who seemed to be shy as he kept close to the hedgerow, it would have been nice to have had an image of him also.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Kilnsea, Wetlands.
Watching me watching him.
Short-eared Owl, Kilnsea.

Pied Flycatcher, Sammy's Point.
 Pied Flycatcher, Kilnsea.
Willow warbler, Sammy's point

Unimog! Safari time!!

 I have added a couple of images of the two Lighthouses, the Low Light and the High Light.
The High Light is being restored by Y W Trust and will be used as a visitor Centre, due for completion the latter end of 2015, so not long to go then!

Finally a short video of one of the Short-eared Owls. It was worth the trip just to see these splendid Owls hunting.


  1. Always lovely to see a SEO, even on video. I usually catch one or two on the N Norfolk coast during the winter. That's a grand vehicle you travelled on.

  2. Remember passing Sprun Head at dawn on a ferry returning from a school trip to GErmany. The fauna looks fabulous in your photographs. No peacock butterflies by the looks of things, what a dire year they've had.

  3. John: I was thrilled with the SEO views John! I was rather pleased that there was a sturdy ladder handy for clambering on to the 'unimog'

    The fauna was great to see Si, glad you enjoyed the photographs. One Peacock was spotted but no pic of it. I have seen very few of this species since early summer.

  4. I've enjoyed reading your Spurn report Pam as we never made it when we were over that way.
    Love the safari that was a right bone shaker! lol
    Super pics as always, especially the Hare and a fantastic video of the SEO too!

  5. I am pleased you enjoyed the read, pics and video Ruth!

    The safari truck was surprisingly comfy it was just getting on and off that was a bit scary. lol