Thursday 26 October 2023
One of the highlights of the trip and my fourth American thrush this side of the Atlantic.
Monday 23 October 2023
Walked to the Spurn Point with Hugh Wright on Thursday. In the morning, there was plenty of Thurshes and Brambling piling in off the sea and we had a Black Redstart Ring Ouzel among other common migrants on the 'mainland'.
On the walk down it was clear there were more Thrushes, Goldcrests and Robins down towards the Point and we had a cracking male Black Redstart as well as another female/1st winter type. A Short-eared Owl fresh in and a Merlin ploughing a migrant Song Thrush into a wire fence (and to it's death!) kept things interesting until we found this Yellow-browed Warbler.
It was a very obliging, fearless bird and even stopped and preened in front of me at one point. Although perhaps not the rarest bird, it felt like a great reward among the mass of common migrants which included other scarcer migrants such as Barred Warbler and Mealy Redpoll.
Wednesday 18 October 2023
Josh Jones relocated it near Crowland Water tower and it attracted a steady stream of admirers. Just the third record for Deeping Lakes (fly through in December 2020 and the first, a long stayer, in December 2013/January 2014).
Sunday 15 October 2023
Quite a crowd gathered by the time they got to us. We were afforded wonderful views as they approached. They then suddenly all dived and appeared beyond the point we were all gathered on. We left them to continue round the headland, completely thrilled with experiencing such a fantastic encounter with one of my favourite animals.
Thursday 12 October 2023
Wednesday 11 October 2023
Monday 9 October 2023
Friday 6 October 2023
Thursday 5 October 2023
Walking up to Willal, a warbler up in the Sycamores of the first garden was distant but looked like a Greenish type warbler. I approached closer and after 10 minutes it revealed it was indeed a Greenish type but we hadn't seen the legs and the views were brief. Worse, I watched it fly up hill to a distant garden! We decided Greenish was mostly likely and put it out as such just in case anyone was passing.
Unsatisfied with the outcome, we continued to search and thankfully it was re-found up the hill, next to Midway Stores (where we had conveniently parked!) and eventually it gave itself up for good enough views to confirm it was in fact an Arctic!
Wednesday 4 October 2023
Monday 2 October 2023
Sunday 1 October 2023