Later came a holiday to Tenerife – not much birding done this year but I managed to get my advanced diving qualification whilst there.
Widely predicted though it was the autumns Eastern-crowned Warbler still caught many on the hop. Staying for two full days after its initial discovery and subsequent re-identification we were there on day one. An easy twitch this one. Park, walk across a mown grassy area to the quarry. Sit down and view. Forget Joe winning the X Factor this bird is what really put South Shields on the map this year!