An hour from first light on the cliff rewarded me with a Whinchat. As you know I'll take anything I can get down there!
Afer breakfast I was on my way to Kilnsea Wetlands to hopefully score my overdue Curlew Sandpiper for the year. As I was getting out of the car a message from Steve Exley over the radio..."the Great White Egret has just left Hornsea and is heading South!"
A possible Holmpton tick?
I gave it half an hour back at the Village but no sign.
Another message, this time from John Hewitt "I've got the Great White Egret over Beacon Ponds!!!" Oh dear I said, or words to that effect. So back down to the bird magnet. As I drove along Easington Straight I picked it up (this time) alongside the flood bank. It was a good 200 yds away and the views were poor through the heat haze...
After around 20 minutes the group on the flood bank stared to move closer and the bird lifted...
Iy circled and then started to head South. I re-positioned the car...down to the Crown and Anchor and hoped. I got lucky as the bird flew over the road right above my head...
I was obviously pleased to get such a close view but slightly disappointed I didn't manage to pick it up from Holmpton. I'll have to concentrate harder!
Late afternoon I gave it another couple of hours at the gas terminal hoping for a glimpse of the elusive Wryneck. It didn't happen. It had been seen well if briefly mid-afternoon by Steve Webb.