On Wednesday, my mate Ade George, ringer in charge at Whitburn (Souter Bird Observatory), County Durham found the 3rd county record of Pallas Grasshopper Warbler (PGTips) - this follows the first record for the county in 2010 (also at Whitburn though not caught) and the second record for the county earlier on the same day over at Hartlepool Headland (seen briefly). Interestingly there was also one seen well up in Aberdeenshire on the same day, and one apparently in Lincolnshire the day before! How many went undetected!
There had been some pretty decent conditions over the few days preceding this so hopes were high of some good birds all along the east coast, some of us did OK, however it was Ade that struck gold!
Read Ade's 'Finders Account' on the Souter Bird Observatory blog.
© Ian Mills 2012
Even made the local press!! http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/local-news/twitchers-flock-to-see-rare-bird-1-4975176