Commitments and work meant that I missed all of the action through the week; no sea watching or falls of migrants for me.
So when I saw that the Arctic Warbler was still on Holy Island yesterday, I took a chance today and went. The weather forecast wasn’t good, but I still went!
The wind was nearly a westerly gale and most of the migrants had cleared out. I did see Whinchat, Brambling, Siskin, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest, but no sign of the target or the Wryneck.
On the way off, a Peregrine was on the usual spot
Just as I got to the A1, I got a call from David, who had been on the island with his dad; Long-billed Dowitcher at Cresswell.
Events and circumstances have, in the past, conspired to keep me from seeing Long-billed Dowitcher in Northumberland, so I went into twitch mode!
A short time later…
the list moves on!
Also at Cresswell, the Bonxie terrorising everything
and Greenshank, Little Stint, Merlin (with prey), Peregrine and a Sparrowhawk.
The finder, Andy, was still present as were Alan, Roger and Steve, just. I was followed into the hide by the Liverbirder and later Ian and then John arrived. By this time the hide was rather full so I left them to it.