A couple of images of the superb Cliff Swallow from Minsmere in early November... First identified late on the Friday afternoon, it was very likely to be present the next morning. After a very early start and we arrived at Minsmere in the dark. A bit if a gamble as to where to go for dawn soon found us positioned in the Bittern Hide. An Otter provided the first action as it came from under the hide into the water giving great views. Soon afterwards the inevitable phone call came through - "its over the car park"! The exodus from the hide was reminiscent of the Romans leaving Brian's house in The Life Of Brian. Fortunately after a quick sprint back it was soon located and performed well for at least two hours accompanying around 7 Eurasian Swallows.
After leaving Shetland just before Britain's first Siberian Accentor was found, I wasn't going to miss a second chance when one turned up at Easington in East Yorkshire a few days later. Staying in Yorkshire made it easy to get there pre-dawn and be at the front of the queue when the praying started to ensure it was still present. In the gloom of dawn we could soon make out a shape with enough colour visible to confirm its presence. It was already feeding in its preferred location. First view of Britain's second Siberian Accentor...
As the light got marginally better (it was grey and drizzling), it proved hard to photograph, but that didn't really matter.
After spending some time in Easington, it was down to the Spurn area where is turning into a classic autumn day with some superb birds present. This Pallas's Warbler was trapped and released mid-morning.
Lesser Redpolls andone of hundreds of Goldcrest in the trapping area:
Near the beach, a couple of Shore Larks:
An unusually showy Dusky Warbler by the canal:
On the way out, another look for the Siberian Accentor found it feeding almost out of view in the gas terminal. However, it soon flew back to its previous location and briefly perched up on a post for a superb final view of it.