5th to 7th September 2014 - Frampton Marsh, Spurn and Rutland Water

Despite hearing wonderful things about Spurn, I'd never actually visited, so a last minute decision was made and we headed up for the Migration Festival.  The route up on the Friday took us vaguely near to Frampton Marsh, so we also had a stop off here.  Frampton Marsh is lovely and the number of Curlew Sandpiper was impressive!  We couldn't find the Glossy Ibis that had been around earlier, but had great views of a little Red-necked Phalarope, as well as 3 Spoonbill.

Red-necked Phalarope

Meadow Pipit 
We had our first taste of Spurn the next day with a guided walk around Kilnsea.  There were tons of Whinchat, Swallow and Yellow Wagtail, as well as Pied Flycatcher, Tree Sparrow and a lone Lesser Whitethroat.  We saw our first ever Barred Warbler, which is a surprisiginyl chunky bird and had such close views of a Wryneck.  We failed a bit at seawatching, with a single Fulmar and 10 Common Scoter.  The day culminated in a hog roast, excellent talk from Mike Dilger and a great couple of hours chatting in the Crown & Anchor.

Yellow Wagtail

We had to leave relatively early on the Sunday, but had a quick dash around, adding a Caspian Gull spotted by Martin Garner and 2 Razorbill to the list.  An extremely quick stop at Rutland Water meant we saw a beautiful Red-necked Grebe, my 200th bird for 2014.

House Sparrow

Red-necked Grebe
Trip list: 60
Year list: 198
Lifers of year list: 14


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