After the excitement of our magical day yesterday we spent another lovely night at Dunedin Country House and this time we had no alarm set so we got up to a leisurely breakfast! It was a dingy, grey somewhat wet morning but we knew the forecast was for it to improve and to be better further south. We left the Siberian accentor behind for, I imagine many more birders to enjoy this weekend.
We had never been to Donna Nook in Lincolnshire before but that was where we headed for. I really hoped to conect with a bird that had been reported there yesterday, this beauty, do you know what it is yet?
By the time we got there the rain had gone and it was much brighter, excellent. It didn’t take long to locate the bird a Red-flanked bluetail and get a few shots but sadly the light wasn’t good.
Most people were waiting patiently for the bird to return after it regularly popped out of view but unfortunatlly a couple of people pursued it rather too closely so it went out of sight for a while. We went of for a walk seeing some different parts of Donna Nook. A Rose-coloured starling had been seen earlier amongst the thousands of starling on the mud flats, but we couldnt find it, nor anyone else whilst we were there.
On our walk we saw, as yesterday, loads of Robins and Goldcrests, a Firecrest, Blackcap, Redwings plus this Fieldfare enjoying some berries!
Back to the car for lunch, I won’t tell you what we had for fear of making you envious! What to do next was the question? Ian was fancying a snooze before the rest of the journey so whilst he did that I returned for a second look at the Red-flanked bluetail and I was so pleased that I did!
Someone has sugested to me that we had gone a long was to see a bird that looked like a funny sparrow (it was said in a very light hearted fashion) what a way to talk about a Siberian accentor! I even had a comment from another birder calling it an LBJ! I hope they might think this bird looks rather special and worth the journey.
What a beauty and this time so much more co-opperate!
Our first visit to Donna Nook and we felt well rewarded. If they get many birds like this one we will be back for sure!
We headed for home after a fabulous couple of days away. We have met some smashing people including a group from Burnley and a chap sporting a rather grand beard! Back up to the Norfolk coast I think over the next day or two as there are still some interesting things lurking!
Well we now stand at 249 for our bird list so I am wondering what might make it a round 250…watch this space.