Word came through on Sunday, of a rather scarce bird for this country, and even more so for my county. A Red-throated Pipit was discovered up on the moors of Manchester and Derbyshire (in fact right on the border of the two).
Ludworth Moor is somewhere I had never been too, but I have read lots about it and it's birdlife, and it was a birding friend of mine that discovered this bird on one of his many forays to the moors. Fortune favours the brave, and my word, for all his hard work, this one was well deserved for him. Thankfully, in this day and age, the joys of social media mean that news of these rarities can be spread pretty rapidly. I waited a whole 24 hours before taking the plunge and heading up to see it.
I had no concerns as to whether I'd find it or not. There between 50 and 100 other birders forming a very well behaved line to point it out to me. A stunning little bird that was mixing it with the Meadow Pipits and generally putting on a good show for everyone. I'm unlikely to see another one in this country, so here is homage to the Red-throated Pipit.