In less exciting news (to me at least) my thumb affliction is no better - for a while it really seemed to be improving but then for some reason it got worse again. So I am still unable to recommence my daily drawing/painting, grump. Looks like I am probably going to have to head back to the doctors and get that steroid injection.
Anyway, last Sunday I decided to join the West Midland Bird Club's trip to Spurn Point, as my revision had been going well so I could afford to take a day off (well most of the day - I did take a bunch of revision notes to read on the coach). Most of the rarities of the previous few weeks had cleared off, although apparently there was a Richard's Pipit knocking around somewhere - however we didn't fancy our chances with that skulker! As our time there was limited instead we headed off to see whatever we might find. As soon as we got off the coach we saw a few Swallows, and Linnets in the hedgerows. Soon we were enjoying waders galore in the estuary - Ringed Plover, Knot, Turnstone, Golden Plover, Redshank, Curlew, Sanderling, Oystercatcher and Dunlin, along with many Shelducks and a few gulls. Closer in, a Red Admiral butterfly fluttered past too.
|The Humber estuary.|
|Nice spot for a Wheatear.|
|Couldn't work out what this one was - some member of the daisy family? Suggestions welcome!|
|Not 100% sure but I think this might be Spear-leaved Orache (Atriplex prostata)?|
We walked back along the estuary path again, where by now the tide had come in, bringing the waders much closer - we added Grey Plover, Snipe and Bar-tailed Godwit to our lists, and also Brent Goose and a distant Raven flying down the estuary.
|The Humber estuary, now full of water with some Brent Geese.|
Although we hadn't really seen anything out of the ordinary, it was nonetheless an enjoyable day in nice weather at Spurn......it had been too long since I last went out birding, and it was just nice to be ourdoors in nature having a break from working/studying/revising. Nature is the best for restoring zen-like calm and happiness if you've been feeling a bit stressed out!