Saturday 17/10/2020 and my plan was to drive to South Shields to see a Taiga Flycatcher. I did not want to drive all that way without knowing if the bird was still there so I drove up to Peterborough to wait for news and if it was not seen I was going to go to Norfolk instead. I pulled in to Peterborough services just before 8am and looked for news. I was amazed to see a Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin had been found at Stiffkey in Norfolk. I immediately drove to Stiffkey! I had to park along the coast road and then walk down to the salt marsh. To get a good viewing position involved jumping over a few muddy creeks but fairly soon after arriving the bird was seen. The first twitchable bird for 40 years.
There was a Pallas’s Warbler nearby.