Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Another Desert Wheatear

After the disappointment of not locating the male desert wheatear on 10th November (and seeing a pager message an hour after I had left informing that the bird was still present) I took the opportunity to have a second attempt today.

A scan of the favoured area was unsuccessful at first, but luckily a shout and wave from Bob Gadjus alerted me to the birds new location just south of Beacon Point. I was greeted with the news that the bird had been showing well on the coastal track... but the bird was currently not on view.

After a couple of tense moments the bird was relocated on the cliff side and provided superb views prior to flying further down the beach. This was my first male and first in Northumberland - so a good result!


Stewart said...

That pager message was from me John. A message came on to say no sign of the bird by 1pm , but ADMc said it flew in at about 1.30 or so!

John Malloy said...

I only left at 13:10 on 9th so that I could get to Holy Island in time for the tide receding. If the bluetail had not been available I would have probably stuck it out a bit longer. It's been a cracking few days