It’s not often you get two attempts to see a rare bird a few months apart but that is exactly what has happened with the Little Bunting in Lambton, Durham.
After an unsuccessful attempt with Liver Birder in October we went back this morning along with Cain.
Present this time in a different area to where we checked on October, the Little Bunting was in an overgrown field opposite the Harrington Burn in Elba Park.
It showed on and off feeding amongst the grass before landing on the wire fence and then along the reeds in the burn channel. I didn’t think it looked particularly smaller than the surrounding Reed Buntings and its most noticeable feature was the Robin like ticking sound it often made.
On the way back we stopped at a quiet Arcot Pond where a Swallow flew north overhead. I don’t think I have ever seen a Swallow before a Sand Martin.