On the 8th October 2016….
After missing out on this week’s Mega; a White’s Thrush on Holy Island, as I was busy at work, I decided on a day trip up north anyways, in the hope I would pick up some autumn migrants, and… well… I certainly did. One of my first birds of the day, was a bold Ring Ouzel, perched on a wall at the coach park. On discovering it had an admirer it flew onto the field behind, which was full of newly arrived Fieldfare and Redwing. A great autumn landscape.
Next as I made my way along the Straight Lonnen; was one of my top eleven favourite birds, a handsome Great Grey Shrike which was perched on a telephone wire. Other highlights included included two Red-breasted Flycatchers, dozens of Goldcrests, and five Roe Deer. At this point, I was ready for a cuppa and a snack, so I regrouped for a break in my car nearby.
Next, I decided to spend some time at the Vicar’s garden which is often popular with visiting rarities. I quickly picked up a single Brambling and a couple of Chiffchaffs and…. What looked like a Pallas’s, in fact I was pretty certain it was, but didn’t see it for long enough.. and even though I was 99% sure, I really wanted a better view. So I opted to spend some time in the area and….. I was right, a lively Pallas’s Warbler came into view with a couple of Yellow-browed about 1/ ½ hrs later. Other highlights for the day included a Little Bunting, a Tree Pipit, two Wheatears and a couple of Stonechats.
A very successful day. On the way back I decided to try my luck with a third attempt at the Baird’s Sandpiper which had moved to Low Newton. Jackpot, the Baird’s was showing very well and much easier to find, than it would have been at Boulmer, where the previous weekend I had tried twice to see the bird. Great day. I love Holy Island, it never disappoints.