As i thought it may be busy at Easington first thing,i decided to visit the Sibe Accentor later in the day for second helpings and parked at my usual place at the Bluebell.
As i arrived,i was a bit concerned,as it was clear skies with a super bright full moon and i thought to myself i may have made a mistake here,with no birds along the approach road.
As it became light properly birds began to appear on the roadside verges down towards the Crown and i at least held hope that some of the previous days goodies may still be present.
A quick look in Corner Field saw 3 cracking Mealie Redpoll,female Siskin and 3 Chiffies,i was feeling a little more optimistic now.
After meeting up with young birders Darragh and Ellis we walked down towards the Church when a message came over the radio that a Dusky Warbler had just been trapped in Church field and was going to be shown shortly.
While waiting for the Dusky to be shown,i spotted a Pallas's Warbler briefly appear at the back of the church yard before it disappeared again,a quick but very welcome sighting all the same.
The guys arrived with the stunning little Dusky Warbler to show the small group,what a great privilege to see this cracking siberian warbler at close range,before it was quickly released,superb stuff.
We all looked in the Crown & Anchor car park for a while with only a hand full of Chiffies being seen,when again a message came over the radio that a Radde's Warbler had just been found at the northern end of the canal,just a spit away from where we were stood.
A few minutes later and we were stood where the bird had just been found by Pete Wragg.A little wait and the bird appeared briefly giving a tantalising view of its sulphur tinged undertail coverts,before dropping into the adjacent ditch.It gave us a bit of a runaround,but we managed super views eventually,but it was too quick to get photos for me,as i was too busy trying to study the bird.One feature about the sighting i was really chuffed about,was hearing the bird call,a soft 'Chuck' or 'Check',completely different to the harsher Sylvia like 'Tack' of Dusky.....amazing stuff and a personal first in the form of seeing Dusky and Radde's on the same day and within half an hour of each other as well.
We all continued up to the Canal Scrape searching all the bushes,but i could only find half a dozen Chiffchaff,single Ring Ouzel and overhead 3 Bearded Tit migrated north towards the Warren,a great sight to see.
The sky was beginning to darken as we sat in the Canal Scrape hide and then it began to belt down with rain.We were stuck in the hide for about an hour and a half as it bucketed down,but a few birds kept us entertained in the form of 2 Jack Snipe,a Rock Pipit,2 Snipe and a few flocks of Redwing.
After a long wait the rain began to ease and i headed back to the car at the Bluebell.
As the rain stopped and the sun came out i went and had a look for the Shorelark near to the car park.At first the bird didn't show that well,but for some reason it flew up,did a loop and landed right infront of me and then proceeded to run towards me.I managed to get some nice images of the bird,even though it was a little wet,but what a cracking species they are,my first for a few years.
After watching the lovely Lark another circuit of the Crown and Triangle saw me gaining some cracking views of a Yellow-browed Warbler in the Crown car park and another brief view of the Radde's Warbler and a nice Lapland Bunting showed from the Canal Bank,thanks to Dean and Nicola for pointing this out.
After arriving back at the car again and now 2 Shorelark on show,but more distantly now,was another great sighting to add to the already notebook full i had already seen.
I then left towards Easington to go and see the Sibe Accentor,stopping briefly to see a flock of 9 Tundra Bean Geese on a stubble field along Easington straight,another great sighting to add to the notebook and part of a current grey goose arrival.
I arrived at the Sibe Acc site to only a hand full of birders there and a much more relaxed affair than on Thursday and it was great just to study the bird through the scope as it fed at incredibly close rang at times,what a cracker.It had a comical feeding habit of searching through the leaf litter,throwing them in all directions as it searched,not unlike a Thrush sp,just great to watch.
So after enjoying my fill of this beautiful Siberian visitor,i made a steady journey back home to North Linc's after another fantastic visit to this amazing area for birding.
|Dusky Warbler,Church Field.|
|Bearded Tit,Migrating Over The Canal.|
|Tundra Bean Geese,Easington Straight.|