Forty five long minutes later and the bluethroat was relocate and the thing stayed put, showing off to all and sundry for the remainder of the day.
I had a very long afternoon at work and a rather record-breaking white-knuckle cycle ride from Morecambe, finally seeing the gorgeous critter just before 6pm.
Thanks Dan, this is one of those once a decade birds! (I think this is only the 11th record of bluethroat, and only the 3rd white-spotted, for the county?) Thanks also to Stuart Piner for the cracking pics!
Returning home from seeing the white-spotted beauty I noticed a couple of sand martins, 1 swallow and little-ringed plover on Freeman's Pools.
Dan had also picked up during his lengthy vigil:
A jack snipe being bothered by the tide.
50 black-tailed godwits flew from the marsh, ending up in fields by Heaton.
Pink-footed geese- 54 north.
22 swallows and 8 sand martins through 1430-1645.
A male and a female wheatear along the tideline.
Two chiffchaffs and two willow warblers noted away from Freeman's Wood.
An influx of goldfinches to the area. A common buzzard and a sparrowhawk circling Arna Wood area.
OOA- five little egrets Colloway Marsh.