First day of my hols today, and not the ideal start. Spent some time mooching about at the Ash Lagoon bank at Newbiggin waiting for a Red-flanked Bluetail to show, which it didn’t. Still, there were loads of migrants to watch, Siskins and Robins everywhere, Brambling and thrushes, and best of all, a nice Ring Ouzel. At Spital Point car park bushes I managed typically fleeting glimpses of a Barred Warbler.
Then as we got in the car news broke of another Bluetail not far away at St. Mary’s Island Wetland, so it was decided we’d go for it. However, my car had other ideas – a warning light and message on the dash put pay to any more birding for the day. RAC were duly called and with my car thankfully ok to continue we travelled north to the cottage we’d booked for the week at Craster, arriving just before dark.