THE LATEST EASTERN STAR of this incredible autumn for vagrants is the UK's first Masked Wagtail at Camrose. A long drive across Welsh Wales was worthwhile, with some great looks at this very obliging bird. I've seen lots of these in Ladakh earlier this year and also about half a dozen times in Oman, always a very striking bird! It is frequenting several houses around the Croft Villas and be seen at very close range and discreetly on the sunken lane below them from time to time. Nice not to have to point the big lens at someone's window. My fifth new bird for the UK of the 'autumn', when will it end? The return journey in daylight was lovely in bright sunshine and as the sunset behind me I counted a total of 32 Red Kites between Haverfordwest and Welshpool, and no plastic ones said Brett.
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