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The Holy Grail

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.

siberian-accentor

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6 Responses to “The Holy Grail”


  1. October 15, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Why is it the holy grail of birdwatching? Are there any others that you would like to see in the UK one day?

  2. October 15, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Congratulations! That’s amazing.


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