September started off with a bang at Westport, with Spotted Flycatcher, Barnacle Goose, Little Egret and Lesser Whitethroat all seen in the first seven days.
|digibinned shot of the Westport Spotted Flycatcher|
Our first trip of the month was to Kilnsea on Saturday 5th. We had good views again of the juv Black Stork at Sunk Island and a Red-backed Shrike was by the Blue Bell. The wind was a strong NW and conditions for sea watching weren't ideal. We did manage a few distant Sooty Shearwaters, Manx Shearwaters and Arctic Skua. The MigFest was in full swing, and we were shown a huge Convolvulus Hawk Moth sat in a sandwich box. Finally, we managed a few flight views of a Barred Warbler.
|Convolvulus Hawk Moth|
|Black Stork at Sunk Island|
|juvenile Red-backed Shrike|
Saturday 12th September was spent in Staffordshire; the highlight being two Great White Egrets at Branston GP and the Common Crane again at Blithfield, this time in Tad Bay.
|Great White Egret at Branston GP|
|Common Crane at Blithfield|
Saturday 19th September saw a quick dash up to Flamborough Head, where the probable Eastern Subalpine Warbler reappeared for the first time since the 1st. We only just arrived in time to see it before it disappeared for the afternoon. We also saw a Swift (my latest ever in Britain) and a quick sea watching spell saw three Arctic Skua, a Red-throated Diver and a Black Tern past. The following video should sort out any identification issues the bird has.
We then headed across Yorkshire to Nosterfield, where an obliging juvenile Woodchat Shrike showed well.
|juv Woodchat Shrike at Nosterfield|
On the way home, we called in at Vange Marshes in Essex. A strange reserve in several ways. Firstly, you walked underneath a road then cross a railway line. The reserve itself had various viewing mounds, but the pools were very distant. We did though have stunning views of the Wilson's Phalarope. The full frame photos below show how close it came to us.
|This makes Ham Wall look a picturesque place|
|These two pictures are actually the way in to Vange Marshes|
|CJW suggests to Russ one possible direction that the trains could come from|
|CJW and Russ hastliy walk across the main line to London|