NORTH EAST

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High­lights In as­so­ci­a­tion with It was a mon­strous month, in­clud­ing per­haps eight Siberian Ac­cen­tors, mainly in Northum­ber­land, but as far south as Eas­ing­ton (Spurn), East Yorks, where the UK’S sec­ond-ever of this species proved the most showy and pop­u­lar. East­ern Black Red­start, Is­abelline Wheatears and Brown Shrike, East­ern Crowned War­bler, Black-browed Al­ba­tross and White’s Thrush and Soli­tary Sand­piper were also-rans!

CLEVE­LAND HIGH­LIGHTS: A Siberian Ac­cen­tor was at Hunt­cliff (15th). A Desert Wheatear was at Old Ceme­tery, Hartle­pool (14th) while a Pied Wheatear was at Red­car (29th-30th). A Red Flanked Blue­tail was at Hartle­pool (9th), a Siberian Stonechat at Hunt­cliff (13th-15th) and an East­ern Black Red­start at Skin­ningrove (from 27th) – an amaz­ing month! HARTLE­POOL: Other scarce mi­grants in­cluded Pal­las’s War­bler (11th-13th), Red-breasted Fly­catcher (6th-10th) and nu­mer­ous Yel­low-browed War­blers. Nearby at Old Ceme­tery a Dusky War­bler was present (15th) and a Shore Lark and two La­p­land Bunt­ings (14th). HUNT­CLIFF/BROTTON AREA: In ad­di­tion to the Siberian Ac­cen­tor (15th) a Radde’s War­bler, two Dusky War­blers and a Pal­las’s War­bler were also seen. A ring­tail Hen Har­rier also flew over. NORTH TEES MARSHES: The Ruddy Shel­duck was still present at Saltholme RSPB early on. A Black-necked Grebe was present through­out and a Long-tailed Duck (from 12th). Bit­terns were oc­ca­sion­all and a late Gar­ganey was still present at the end of the month. A Cetti’s War­bler was on Dor­mans Pool (9th). OTHER SITES: A Corn Bunt­ing was at Red­car Fox Covert (from 25th). Scal­ing Dam held both White-fronted Goose and tun­dra Bean Goose (18th-19th). A Red-breasted Fly­catcher was at Locke Park, Red­car (24th). Small num­bers of Waxwings were at a va­ri­ety of sites (from 25th). Sev­eral herds of Whooper Swans passed through in the last few days. A Raven was a good find in Sled­dale (4th). Up to 70 Twite were at Seaton Snook late in the month. Chris Sharpe 01429 865163

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