I returned from London to Norwich on Saturday evening but as it happened I was scheduled to travel to York on Sunday evening for a training course starting Monday morning. Checking Rare Bird Alert first thing Sunday morning showed positive news so I cancelled plans to bird the east Norfolk coast and headed north early. I arrived in Easington at 3pm, parked the car and headed down Vicars Lane. Gone were the frightening crowds of the first day with no more than twenty birders there.
|No need for a queue!|
The bird was showing to within a few feet of the fence when I got there.
|Siberian Accentor, Easington, Yorkshire - 16th October 2016|
Here's a short and not so good movie clip of the bird. Turn the sound down a bit and forgive the poor quality.
I wasn't able to stay for too long, but I didn't need to either. The bird had put on a great show.
|Job done and Sib Accentor seen well!|
So, hard to believe that within a few days of the first UK record of Siberian Accentor on Shetland, a further four birds turn up in Yorkshire, Durham, Cleveland and Holy Island. All north of the Humber. So far there has been unprecedented numbers in Europe with birds being found in Sweden, Finland, Poland, Lithuania, Denmark, Estonia and Latvia to name just a few.
Breeding Grounds (yellow), wintering area (blue) and red spots indicate occurences this autumn 2016 (map lifted from a tweet by James Gilroy)
Hopefully Norfolk will get in on the act and maybe one will reach the east coast of Ireland in the next week or so.