Those little gems - Firecrest & the Seven-striped Sprite

With rain in the night and winds remaining SE, hopes were high that some good birds would have made landfall along the coast. For once I gave the Donna Nook/Pyes area a miss and concentrated on the Sea View & Saltfleet areas. Today highlighted how birding can be a hobby of ups & downs. The morning was poor. I dipped on a Firecrest that had been showing 20 mins previously and then a Shorelark that flew off when I was within 5 mins of it. After covering plenty of ground, birds of note at this point were Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Siskin, Redpoll & 3 Brambling. In the afternoon it was onto Toby's Hill and a calling Chiffchaff was soon picked up, from then on the day got better & better - a calling Firecrest was soon pinned down & soon revealed a 2nd bird with it - what stunning birds, especially when one raised it's crest to show how the bird gets its name. Then news of a Pallas's Warbler at a private site (where I had access) in Humberston eventually had me on my way back up the coast. After a worrying spell when it seemed like the "Seven-striped Sprite" had moved on, the bird gave itself up and gave some great views. A Grey Wagtail & House Martin were also noted at Humberston.

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