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|Title:||Wildlife Spectacle At Spurn Wows Bank Holiday Weekend Visitors|
|Author:||Yorkshire Wildlife Trust |
|ID & Publication:||20130911008 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
Easterly winds brought a fantastic spectacle of migrant birds from Europe to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Spurn National Nature Reserve
Visitors to Spurn over the bank holiday weekend were treated to impressive numbers of scarce migrant bird species. Wrynecks and icterine warblers along with larger numbers of common migrants such as whinchats, pied flycatchers and redstarts were all seen as a result of strong easterly winds.
Adam Stoyle from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust said: ‘It is very exciting to see these migrant birds here at Spurn. Visitors at this time of year may expect to see a wryneck if the weather conditions are favourable, but recording well over 20 in one day is incredible!’
Wrynecks have dramatically declined here in the UK with only a couple of pairs left breeding in Scotland. Related to woodpeckers, they are an unusual greyish bird with brown and yellow mottling, which feeds predominantly on ants.
The migration season is well underway with hordes of wading birds, chats and warblers all heading south. The recent easterly winds drifted migrant birds across the sea from Scandinavia and the continent where they were forced to make landfall by the misty and wet weather early in the weekend. They then made themselves at home seeking out food and shelter in the hedges, grasslands and buckthorn scrub on the nature reserve.
Adam continued: ‘Besides the hordes of commoner migrants, sharp-eyed birders picked out a greenish warbler, a red-breasted flycatcher, two common rosefinches (not so common in Yorkshire!), three barred warblers and three red-backed shrikes all from eastern Europe. Pride of place went to a subalpine warbler - a skulking bird of the scrublands around the Mediterranean Sea; discovered close to Spurn at Sammy’s Point, Easington.
As Spurn juts out into the North Sea across the mouth of the River Humber estuary its unique location means it is the first landfall for birds coming in across the sea. Birds travelling down the east coast of England are also funnelled along the narrow peninsula.’
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Spurn Bird Observatory will be hosting the UK’s first migration festival at Spurn on 7th- 8th September in order to celebrate the area’s importance for bird migration. Tickets for the Spurn Migration Festival are available from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust by telephoning 01904 659570 or emailing email@example.com
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