Despite scouring the bushes this morning I had to twitch one that Mark Whittingham had found by the path to the Oddie Hide (Mark also had willow tit and cetti's warbler - both much more scarce than YBW). It was nice to watch it, flitting around in the alders. The highlight of my morning was a garden warbler in the elderberry bush by the entrance and a few migrant hawkers.
|Migrant hawker dragonfly in the plantation|
|Short-toed Snake Eagle|
I've got hundreds of shots to sort out still and I had to prepare a talk, about my obsession with my local patch, for the North Northumberland Bird Club on Friday evening - had a great turn out of 74 people and the talk went down well. And I did predict that there would be a yellow-browed warbler on the patch this weekend.
I've managed a coupe of visits to the patch since I got back. A decent evening seawatch on Tuesday evening for an hour produced a couple of adult pomarine skuas (there were probably three - I took my eye off them) and a couple of Arctics.
Pink-footed geese are back with a couple of skeins over last weekend and most evenings from home.
Hopefully things might get a bit quieter so I can get some birding done and keep this blog updated through the autumn.