Another relatively short jaunt found Flamborough Head. The weather had deteriorated swiftly after leaving Hartlepool, with a strong southerly wind bringing in plenty of rain. I did make a short detour via Filey Country Park on the way, where a Wryneck had been reported, but decided against the venture due to poor weather. The quarry at Flamborough was a juvenile/female Rustic Bunting, a species I had seen only once before many years ago. It had been seen again early morning, with an iffy second sighting not long before I arrived at the scene of the crime. Despite the report being from a stubble field, the actual sightings were from a single bush in the field. Busy flocks of mixed House and (occasional) Tree Sparrows provided some entertainment during the wet vigil, but the only reward was an eventual Whinchat (and hiding Magpie) on the bush.
The intermission of the day was a long
drive through poor weather to the North Norfolk coast, and Cley in particular.
Despite having seen one or two before, a Red-necked Phalarope on Simmond’s
Scrape was worth the drive. It had been late morning when the last report
appeared, but the bird was indeed at the rear of the lagoon when I scanned from
the hide, and was thusly watched for about an hour and a half until the light
began to fade. There were other birds of interest, the main being a regular
female Marsh Harrier quartering the reed beds, and a pair of Spoonbills in
flight teetering over whether or not to land on a distant lagoon. A Kestrel
zipped in front of the hide to the spot where a female Wheatear had been
feeding, but it looked as if the latter had escaped with its life when an
empty-taloned falcon departed the scene.