No excuse needed. Ha!
Dental Appointment in South Shields and shopping trip with Mum, were the perfect excuses to drive via Roker,
Sunderland to view this little bird.
Olive-backed Pipit (because of its olive back)
Indian Tree Pipit (because it winters in
and flies from the forest floor into trees to escape predators). India
I’ve seen hundreds before but never in
, so it was intriguing to see it. Rummaging among the leaf litter (sadly in the shade and hence the rather poor photos) behind a petrol garage in Britain Sunderland. Probably a bird from NE Russia, heading South for India and blown by the Easterly winds (last week) and deposited in . Amazing how these birds are ever found/seen. Britain
The present gales from ex-hurricane Gonzalo are bringing Westerlies. Will they deposit some stray from
. Let’s hope so! The most likely places will be on the West coast. However some birds (waders) may make it to the East. My prediction … Kildeer in Northumberland. (Probably in a field near Branton) ;-) America