Spurn – Autumn Migration
Join us for a week of some of the finest autumn birding! We will be staying at a local B&B, all meals are provided by the Crown & Anchor Pub and Westmere Farm.
Binoculars are strongly encouraged, as well as a scope where possible for some seawatching and wildfowl observations.
The week includes breakfast and evening meals.
Drinks are excluded.
There may be some long days, some early starts and some late evenings as we look for migratory species, this trip is all walking.
Suitable for children, and can be adapted for those with disabilities.
Day One: We arrive around 3:30pm at our accommodation at Westmere Farm B&B and then settle into our rooms before heading out for some early evening seawatch and migration watching, with some bat detecting on our walk back, finishing the day off with food at the Crown & Anchor pub to get to know one another more. Each day we will vary our activities and walk different routes of the area in search of migrants.
Day Two: We will begin our migrant bird search by walking down to the Spurn point . On our route down we will stop at numerous well known sites for migrants before reaching the breach area where we will stop and scan through the birds, when we reach the point we will spend the majority of the day exploring the area before our return route back to our accommodation ready for dinner.
Day Three: Exploring Sammy’s Point and the nearby coastal sites. We will focus our attention to looking on the coast habitats for warblers, ducks and waders on the nearby fields and reeds. Sammy’s Point often turns up some special birds, as do the nearby Easington Riding School fields. We will have a late evening meal after heading to Beacon Ponds to await the roosting birds.
Day Four: We will have an earlier start ready for dawn to break and migration to start! We’ll explore the nearby area and re-visit any areas our guests would like to return too throughout the day.
Day Five: our final day will see us explore the Beacon Ponds area once again before returning to collect our things from our accommodation. We will have lunch together before seawatching from the Warren where people can leave as and when they choose.
Plans will be flexible and we’ll adapt each day to the conditions, rarities and movement – the excitement of autumn is birds can arrive from anywhere.
Likely species could include:
Pied Flycatchers, Garden Warblers, Common Redstarts, Lesser Whitethroats, Ring Ouzels and Whinchats are all common migrants at this time of year, while scare vagrants such as Yellow-browed Warblers, Barred Warblers, Red-backed Shrikes and Wrynecks are regular. Other possibilities include Snow Buntings, Lapland Buntings, Richard’s Pipits, Little Buntings, Red-breasted Flycatchers, Greenish Warblers and Olive-backed Pipits – although autumn can bring anything!
The Humber Estuary and nearby wetlands can prove brilliant for close views of waders including large numbers of Ringed Plovers, Grey Plovers, Golden Plovers, Dunlin, Sanderling, Bar-tailed Godwits, Greenshanks and Jack Snipes, with the chance of a Little Stint or Curlew Sandpiper. Spoonbills and Caspian Gulls are also regular
Offshore, seabird passage should include a number of terns and auks, ducks and geese, Arctic and Great Skuas, Gannets and Fulmars, with other skuas and shearwaters also regular.
Price per person:
Max group size:
3rd-7th October 2022 *Spaces*
– Accommodation at Westmere Farm B&B
– Breakfast and evening meals
– Expert guidance from an experience and knowledgeable guide
– Entrance to all nature reserves and restricted areas
What’s Not Included:
– Drinks during evening meals
– Insurance and other items of a personal nature