With the Warren at your back and the blue skies above, the sandy wastes of the breach at Spurn don’t look that daunting.
Just a short stroll to the Narrows on the other side.
But when you’ve trudged halfway across and start to notice the dessicated remains of mastodons, the sun-bleached skulls of cows and cow-pokes and that rarest of all finds, the skellingtons of honest politicians picked clean by the easterly winds, you quickly realise you’re in another world.
Yup, it’s a tough walk, head down and keep looking at the sand at your feet till you get to the other side.
Things got weirder when the “unimog” sailed by, trundling along with its load of day-trippers.
Out of time and out of place.
Suddenly the fat-wheeled electric bikes beloved of Spurn regulars start to make sense.
The walk across was worth it today though to spend a couple of hours with the male Eastern Subalpine Warbler hanging out at Middle Camp.
The bird was pretty elusive this afternoon, perhaps because of the strengthening easterly wind, but it fed constantly in the Sea Buckthorn and wild flower jungle.
I was hoping to hear it sing (apparently it was warbling away yesterday) but had to make do with a few Wren-like tacking calls.
Occasionally the Subalp clambered up high to show off its splendid slaty uppers, twirling white moustaches, rich red throat and white undercrackers. A crazy beast with angry ruby red eyes…
A great bird that more than repaid the Bank Holiday dodgem ride over the M62 and back. I tried a bit of ill-advised video, but it was too sunny and windy. The clip is on YouTube here. Sorry.
On the way out I paused to admire the female Black Redstart by Southfield Farm and check in on the reprobates planning the mother of all sunny Saturday BBQs after a good days birding that earlier on had included Bee-Eater and Bluethroat.
What could possibly go wrong?
As I accelerated onto Easington Straight I checked the rear view mirror for billowing mushroom clouds, and listened out for the dull thud of explosions, but all was clear on the eastern front.