juvenile WOODCHAT SHRIKE - Hartlepool Headland, Cleveland - October 2010
These excellent photos were kindly provided by Tristan Reid
With no sign of the Yellow-browed Warbler or the Firecrest which had been present in The Croft earlier in the day, I decided to head across to the Spion Kop Cemetery where the RADDE'S WARBLER had been re-identified as a DUSKY WARBLER. As I arrived on site it did not look good. I was told that that the bird had been disturbed by over eager twitchers and had promptly disappeared from its favoured feeding area. Undeterred I decided to take a stroll further along the track overlooking the rugby club and within a few minutes I detected a distinctive 'tak.... tak.... tak' call. With the help from another birder I managed to catch a glimpse of the bird responsible for the sound, a fine DUSKY WARBLER (290). After a bit of patience the bird showed very well indeed but was easily spooked and disappeared for long periods. As with the previous day at Spurn, my day of birding had ended with a bang. I now have just ten species to go until the target of 300 is smashed!
DUSKY WARBLER - Hartlepool Headland, Cleveland - October 2010
Photo kindly provided by Steve Clifton