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BIRD NOTES With Julian Hughes.

| The Siberian Accentor at Easington PICTURE: ANDY HOOD FOR followers of bird migration, something extraordinary has occurred in the last week.

Readers will be familiar with the Dunnock, the little grey-and-chestnut garden visitor that feeds beneath bushes around the edge of the garden.

North of the Arctic Circle, beyond the Ural Mountains, it has a stripy-headed relative, the Siberian Accentor, which has been making headlines across northern Europe.

Accentors leave their Russian home each autumn and spend the winter in Korea, Japan and China. Only 32 have been recorded in Europe in the last 100 years.

Yet in the last two weeks, 54 have been found across the continent, most around the Baltic Sea, but there have been four in Britain, which had never hosted one.

The most watched was a bird in Easington, on the Yorkshire coast, which has spent the last five days in an old school yard, feeding on insects in moss on the tarmac, superficially similar to its tundra habitat.

I am sure that more Accentors will be found in the coming weeks, and they could easily overwinter in our gardens. Keep an eye open!

I enjoyed seeing the bird at Easington on Saturday, but equally wonderful were the avian arrivals at nearby Spurn Point. In a few hours I must have seen 50,000: Redwings, Fieldfares, Bramblings, Woodcocks, Goldcrests, Redpolls, landing in search of the first food since leaving Scandinavia.

While we wait for North Wales' Accentors to arrive, visitors here include a Black-browed Albatross off Bardsey on Sunday (where a Radde's Warbler was ringed at the Bird Observatory.

There were six Great White Egrets and two Garganeys at RSPB Conwy, a Pallas's Warbler at Holyhead's Breakwater Country Park and a Cattle Egret over Saltney. | Local birding events are on the Daily Post website.

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