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Sunday, 30 October 2016

A good day up North

Out with Mark and Paz today and we were joined by our good pal from Rochdale, Dave Ousey, we headed North calling at Redcar first where a Pied Wheatear had been found late yesterday, it was still present and showed well by the old cinema along Majuba Road this morning, after spending some time with this superb little bird which spent a lot of the time fly catching we moved down the coast to nearby Skinningrove where a smart Eastern Black Redstart was also showing very well, present since mid-week this little stunner shared the rocks with Wrens, Dunnocks, Robins and a brief Twite. It was then back Northwards to South Shields for our third star bird, a female Isabelline Shrike of the nominate race or Daurian as some people like to call it which was also remarkably showing well on the Lea’s there, also a late Whinchat in the area and a Little Owl was roosting on a nearby cliff face. From what looked like an unpromising weekend earlier in the week it turned out to be a super day enjoyed by all with three good birds all showing very well, some say if it was always like this you'd soon get fed up of it, I don't think so.  
Pied Wheatear at Redcar

showing its extensive white rump

Eastern Black Redstart at Skinningrove

a very bright individual

also Wrens

and Dunnocks etc

Paz walking on water

Isabelline (Daurian) Shrike at the Lea's South Shields

also a late Whinchat

spot the Little Owl

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