This tour is designed to see the best of bird migration along the East Yorkshire coast. With famous birding sites that include Spurn Point, Flamborough Head, Bempton Cliffs and Filey, we can be sure to see some good birds such as Yellow-browed Warbler, Lapland Bunting, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Great Grey Shrike and maybe a Pallas’s Leaf Warbler or something rarer!
With the right conditions we can expect an action-packed few days birding!
Tour Leader: Steve Grimwade
Maximum Group Size: 7
We head northwards with possible pickups en-route and depending on recent news, spend the afternoon exploring the Spurn Peninsula. Spurn is a three and a half mile long sand and shingle spit, well vegetated with Marram Grass and Sea Buckthorn. To the west is an extensive area of tidal mudflats. The location of Spurn makes it one of the best places on the east coast to watch autumn migration, which could include large numbers of passerines as well as waders and wildfowl as they gather on sand and mud on the River Humber.
Spurn boasts an impressive list of rarities, which are particularly likely after easterly winds and have included Masked Shrike, Great Snipe, Siberian Accentor, Stejneger’s Stonechat, Red-eyed Vireo and many more.
We arrive at our comfortable hotel early evening, where a warm welcome is guaranteed
Overnight: Near Bridlington
Days 2 – 4
During the next few days our itinerary will be kept flexible depending on rare bird news but we are sure to visit the area around Flamborough Head. This large promontory sticking out six miles into the North Sea is a magnet for birds at migration time and a wide variety of habitat from seacliffs, arable fields, hedgerows, woodland and scrub makes this a birder’s paradise. During the right conditions the area can be literally dripping with birds. Common migrants may include Common Redstart, Pied and Spotted Flycatchers, Willow Warblers and Common and Lesser Whitethroats. With diligent searching we may come across a Red-breasted Flycatcher, Yellow-browed or Greenish Warbler.
Another good site nearby is Bempton Cliffs, where Tree Sparrows can be seen in and around the carpark and the wooded ‘Dell’ may hold a Red-backed Shrike or two, Long-eared Owl, Yellow-browed Warbler, Barred Warbler or something rarer!
The Filey area which is situated seven miles north of Flamborough Head and is another magnet for migrating birds. The bushes and scrub can hold large numbers of migrants in autumn, especially when easterly winds and poor visibility can cause a fall of birds. A good number of species can be seen in the area and if we get wet or cold, there is a good cafe nearby.
With great birding, accommodation and food we should be in for a great tour!
Overnight: Near Bridlington
Full board accommodation for 3 nights
All ground transport
Full guiding throughout
Drinks and items of a personal nature
Lunch on day 1
Relaxed, two to three miles walking per day
Expect around 120 species
Tour Cost: £790
Single Supplement: £120