Bird of the Week Siberian Accentor, Easington


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It's very rare (in fact, it might be unprecedented) that BirdGuides Bird of the Week has been represented by the same species two weeks in a row. However, it's extremely difficult to look past this week's show-stopping occurrence — the Siberian Accentor at Easington — which, by staying for the remainder of the week after its discovery on the afternoon of Thursday 13th, has generated one of the twitches of the year (if not decade).

As well as being the first mainland occurrence, the accessibility of the Easington bird, its tendency to show extremely well and an excellent supporting cast of rare and scarce migrants in the surrounding Spurn area, have all contributed to ensuring that it remains by far the most popular of the four recorded along the English east coast this week. Full marks must go to the ever-welcoming and helpful team at Spurn Bird Observatory, which made a large-scale twitch possible at this potentially sensitive location.

Birders queuing to see the Siberian Accentor, Easington, 15 October 2016 (Video: Penny Clarke)

(Video: Alan Shaw)

(Video: Jason Coppock)

Siberian Accentor
(Photo: Paul Wetton)

Siberian Accentor
(Photo: Stephen Mulligan)

Siberian Accentor
(Photo: Andy Hood)

Siberian Accentor
(Photo: Ian Curran)

Siberian Accentor
(Photo: Brian Anderson)

Siberian Accentor

Siberian Accentor
Artwork by Steph Thorpe depicting the Easington Siberian Accentor.

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I would like to add my thanks to the Spurn Birds Obs for their organisation, patience and all round support. Even down to providing regular bird news from various places. This was an exceptional event for an exceptional bird (or indeed run of birds now) and as pointed out in this article, a superb supporting cast. The Obs team marshalled everyone to the birds, car parks and hot spots with a minimum of fuss. Superb.
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