Went to bed last night more than a little excited about the evenings weather, almost gale force south-easterlies and torrential rain - surely the right recipe for some east coast rare and maybe some local scarce.
The advantage of doing jury service is that I can have an extra hour birding in the morning. The disadvantage is that I'm shafted if a lifer turns up.
Orgreave was very disappointing with nothing of interest and very little of no interest! I persevered and checked the bushes along the Rother. Plenty of activity but only Long-tailed Tits a good handful of Chiffs and a Blackcap., clearly no fall here!
After a rather trying day in court, where I had the privilege of being the jury foreman and handing out a guilty verdict, I needed a couple of hours birding. I would have preferred somewhere other than Orgreave, but had to make do. Plenty of gulls to look through with nice adut Yellow-legged among them. Best of all, though 'best' is stretching it a bit, was a nice party of five Greenshank - the largest gathering that I've ever seen locally!
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