Friday, 11 May 2012
Seen a Stunner in Hartlepool
Last minute decision to head down for the reported Red-Spotted Bluethroat that had been frequenting Cliff Terrace on Hartlepool Headland last night. Picking Phil up at 06:00 we arrived at about 07:00 to the news that it was present but hadn't been seen for a good 20 minutes. Not to worry plenty of bits and pieces around, and bushes to search.
Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiff Chaff, Grasshopper Warbler, Wheatear, Whimbrel and a deceased ringed Blackbird, in a hedge with a cat, were all present. The Bluethroat soon joined the cast, showing on and off in the gardens of number 14, 15, and 16 of Cliff Terrace. What a stunner ! It spent the majority of its time feeding on the ground, with the occasional alight of a nearby fence, or wall. Despite the wet weather and poor light I managed to capture the above image.