Siberian Accentors have been occurring throughout Europe in small numbers this Autumn. It was almost inevitable one would turn up in the Northern Isles. When one was found on Shetland I was pleased for the people that found it; finding a first for Britain must be a wonderful feeling. However I was tinged with a little sadness that I could not get to see it. So it was with some relief that when I was driving back from our trip to Scillies on Thursday I heard one had been located on the Spurn peninsula in Yorkshire. All it had to do was stop until the next day and I could give myself a quick turnaround and get to see it on Friday morning.
I arrived at Easington in Yorkshire after a four hour drive to find a tame, Siberian vagrant that had drifted down on easterlies feeding avidly on moss covered tarmac at no more than three metres distance. I was completely blown away. The visualisation of an enigma. The Holy grail of bird watching.