Great fall of birds this week but unfortunately the only fall that came my way was the fall of work onto my desk. Managed an early 45 minutes at Lamesley on Wednesday where a couple of Little Egret flew in then a couple of minutes later a Drake Goosander also arrived.
This morning I had a quick wander round the Derwent by the Tennis Club and on the Weir were a couple of Grey Heron and a few Mallard but it was very quiet. A quick run down to Shibdon where the pond was quite busy with plenty of Redshank and Lapwing, but in the centre of the pond was a big flock of Black Headed Gulls with more flying in every few seconds
God knows how many would have come in if a Raptor hadn't flew overhead and everything in view went up with the exception of 3 Little Egret who just carried on stamping around. Only worked till 11.30am then shot off down to The Haven where the probable location of the Yellow-Browed Warbler was indicated by the presence of Tom, Tim and a few others. Spent nearly an hour there getting a few brief but good views of it but no pics unfortunately but there was quite a few Speckled Woods around.
Off to St Marys, plenty of Birders around looking at strange birds which turned out to be a Chiff Chaff. Saw 3 Sparrowhawks around 2 of which succeeded in an early high tea. Also a few Curlews went overhead, several small flocks of Golden Plover congregated, a couple of Willow Warblers were spotted and plenty of Robins flitting around. Off along to the Butts where several people were waiting for the Barred Warbler which had been showing well earlier to come out. After a brief interlude with all the cameras pointing at a Shrew which was attempting to pull out a worm out of the ground the Barred Warbler appeared (once again no pics but I did get a distant shot of a Black Cap which was using the same spots for purchase as the Warbler so just look at the crappy pic and use your imagination)
Great day and only 2 to go for 200 for the year