As I said earlier. I was at Spurn but on the Friday news of a Rock Thrush in South Wales made me think twice about staying or going for the bird. I stayed but it was obvious by the end of the day how relatively quiet the Spurn area was.
I was watching my second Rosy Starling of the year on Saturday morning. This one at Easington when I thought sod it, I'm going for the Thrush.
I stopped near Birmingham for something to eat and that hour I stopped made me miss the bird by ten minutes as I got to where the bird had been at 15.25 and the bird flew at 15.15. I persevered but no luck so I stayed there overnight in my Motorhome.
Thankfully after about a two hour search today the bird was re-found and I got superb, albeit distant views, of the bird.
On the way home I called by the Cannop Ponds in the Forest of Dean for the resident Mandarin duck.
Nice birds. Being so far inland I am missing a lot of gulls and only had two terns. Missing Caspian. I'll just have to bundle up in expensive gloves and winter coat in November for the biggest lake nearby. Also a few ducks missing and did not bother with scoters as it is an inconvenient small lake with houses all around.
Two new birds this morning, so I’m now up to 209 for the year.
208. Pine Siskin
The Brant was a state lifer (number 268), my third of the year, as well as a Preston County lifer (number 227). Sea-loving Brants are rare away from the ocean, and are exceptionally rare in the high elevations of West Virginia.
Past couple months I've been completely absorbed in work, but finally got a chance to have a nice hike today which yielded a FOS bird, FOS reported on eBird in all of LA County! (save San Clemente Island, which is a weird migrant trap / Channel Islands Bermuda Triangle):