Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Hoopoe in the rain

A lie in this morning meant battling through the rush hour traffic to get down to Bishop Auckland. After a plodge through some pretty grotty waste ground I joined a dozen birders watching the Hoopoe. Seemingly undeterred by the awful weather the bird was watched feeding in the open and in flight as it flitted over waste heaps. Weather no good for photos, but another tick in the bag.

It was then back up north to Prestwick Carr, but the Great Grey Shrike was again a no show. I did have 2 Willow Tit and a dozen Redwing.
Back to Gateshead and Burdon Moor giving a Red Kite and 13 Redwing. Watergate was equally uninspiring with 3 Little Grebe and 13 Tufted Duck.
Back to work tomorrow for a rest!


  1. Great bird to finish your hols on though Rob, even I would twitch that! :O

  2. Well chuffed. After dipping the bird last month I thought my last chance to tick it this year had gone. Hoping for Pallas's Warbler next.