Today I did a quick (1:40 minute) blast down to Beachy Head to catch up with a much wanted bird: Red-breasted Flycatcher! This regular migrant had eluded me until now. This individual has been frequenting a few bushes about 1/2 mile west of Beachy Head Hotel for a few days so I chanced my luck and won. As you can see it put on a real show and I was so happy I had my Kowa iphone adapter! RARE BIRD ALERT!
Silly o'clock and a drive to Summerset + a 2 1/2 hour watch at Ham Wall RSPB Reserve produced good looks at my first British P ied-billed Grebe. We turned up just after eight and just in time to miss this North American mega by minutes! Little Grebes kept us on our toes but we had to wait it out until about 10:40 am when it appeared from the corner where it had disappeared. There was a nice crowd here, all remaining hopeful and humorous during this very cold vigil. This little beauty made a b-line to open water, affording all great views. Bonus bird at this site was a Great White Egret .