Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Got to the UK on evening of 22nd, an early-xmas trip to see the new baby in my family, and hoping to catch the tail end of autumn migration before the sun disappears below the horizon for 6 months. Four hours after landing news broke of the UK's first Eastern Crowned Warbler being found in South Shields - I momentarily considered the crazy prospect of twitching it, but jetlag, apathy and sense soon set in.

Tried for the Brown Shrike at Stains on 24th en route to more family, but was thwarted by the actions of a fieldcraftless photographer who had flushed it a hour before I got there. Did Fen Drayton RSPB (conveniently next to my sisters house) on 25th and managed a Chiff and a Goldeneye and not much else.

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