More cool migrants

Headlined by Swifts

Early morning at Spurn is often excellent. And it’s getting earlier! My May 1st began at 5:10 on Canal Scrape where the pair of Garganey swam, male giving is rattling slightly inorganic sounding calls. 5:30 at the Warren and a young male Black Redstart was new in. Soon the first of 5 Arctic Terns flew closer out of the Humber and north and them Bingo! Spurn first Common Swift of the year (followed later by 3 more). About an hour later a softly calling Ring Ouzel announced his presence in one of the mist nets. Yesterdays bird. No great rares but entirely satisfying stream of regular fly by migrants and the odd bit of spice.

Later a 1st male Red-breasted Merganser sported an odd-looking plumage on Beacon Ponds and evening brought Little Stint off the Warren.

A dull 1st summer male Black Redstart, with a bit of white, on one tertial, on one side. He will get brighter!

Arctic Terns continue to move north

This male Ring Ouzel was judged probably a first summer male, particularly on shape of tail feathers (and looked a tad more pale-scaly below than presumed adult males) – not easy though!


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