We arrived at Druridge Bay and instantly had the PACIFIC DIVER. We walked around the lake where we got point blank views, probably the closest I've ever got to any diver! Also had a few Tree Sparrows on the feeders near the visitor centre, another species I haven't had in a few years.
PACIFIC DIVER - Druridge Bay
These views were well worth the 6 hour journey! Good to be able to compare this first-winter with the adult in Mount's Bay, which showed darker more uniform upperparts and a more distinctive chin strap.
Tree Sparrows - Druridge Bay
Next stop was Skinningrove in Cleveland for the EASTERN BLACK REDSTART which showed brilliantly, and came ridiculously close to Chris.
EASTERN BLACK REDSTART - Skinningrove
Fulmars - Skinningrove
Had a Red Kite from the Car Window on the A1(M) in West Yorkshire.
Last stop of the day was Beeley to get the dusky thrush. We spent a while scanning through the Redwing flock with no luck. I thought we would have seen the bird by now if it was in the flock so I went for a wander. Shortly after, I located a few more Redwings and with them was the DUSKY THRUSH sat on top of a tree! I got out my phone and called Cliff, but when I looked back up it had disappeared. We scanned through the Redwings and eventually it got too dark to ID them.
Not the best end to the day, but still a great trip and well worth the journey times!