Saturday, 5 October 2013


A dawn start at Druridge gave Sparrowhawk and Marsh Harrier in the half-light as several thousand Pink-footed Geese passed over south. The target was Subalpine Warbler and after a ten minute wait the bird started calling and gave good views in the blackthorn bushes. As it was still pretty dark I had to wait to get the camera out. The bird reappeared after an hour and I was able to get some record shots.
Subalpine Warbler
Budle Bay was the next stop, but despite having a good wander there was no sign of the Hoopoe. I did have a flyover Tree Pipit, 3 Common Tern and some close Bar-tailed Godwit.
Bar-tailed Godwit
Tried a few more spots on the way south, but had little of note.
Marsden Lime Kilns in the afternoon gave a Firecrest feeding with 2 Goldcrest. The light was awful, but I was pleased with this shot.


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