The big dip in County Durham

Setting off at 4.50am, I made the 300 mile round trip with Alan Daws & Steve Routledge to South Shields, County Durham to see the 1st Eastern Crowned Warbler for the UK - shame we weren't to know the bird had cleared off during the night. Welcome to the world of twitching, some you win and some you lose. 3 Redpoll & a Tree Pipit were the only birds we saw there. We did have better luck twitching the drake Blue-winged Teal at Port Clarence Pools - a long awaited UK tick for me. A Peregrine played with the local corvids and 2 Little Egrets were also there.

We weren't the only ones who stared at Eastern Crowned Warbler-less bushes

South Shields

I guess she's new to birding

Alan "Sheepie" Daws (with Steve in the background looking in vain for the eastern gem)

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