Red-flanked Blue Tail
When I visited Tynemouth Haven yesterday afternoon it was clearly going to be a matter of time before something rare turned up. Goldcrests, Song Thrushes and Redwings were raining in thanks to the strong easterly winds and low cloud. So why did I pub it last night?
When I rose late Saturday the pager was going mental. A quick breakfast and off to Tynemouth Haven with Tom for the Dusky Warbler. After a short while a brief but good view was made and a lifer duly ticked. A wander round Priors Park turned up a couple of Redstarts but no sign of the reported Great Grey Shrike.
Then Tom got a call of a Red-flanked Blue Tail at St Mary's so off we went. A crowd was already on the case and again brief views were made and a photo obtained to record another lifer. Time to go home.
Sadly, on getting back home a Redwing had smashed into the kitchen window. It's now in the freezer awaiting a trip to the taxidermist, unless I get peckish (pardon the pun)!