During last week, Terry Weston found a large flock of Yellowhammers at Intake Lane, Dunnington. On Friday, Chris Gomersall took a look, intrigued by the possibility of something interesting with them. He was rewarded by a brief glimpse of a male Pine Bunting at 12.20 though it was not seen subsequently. Yesterday, Saturday 21st Jan, he and other birders had further sightings through the day and there were some video clips posted on social media.
See Jono’s blog for an account http://birdingdad.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/pine-bunting-york-mega.html.
This is a real rarity; there are only 53 accepted records for the UK currently. Let’s hope that it sticks around for more birders to enjoy this excellent find. Keep an eye on the Twitter feed on the home page of this site for news.
Update 29/01/17 – The bird is still present, though elusive. Please do not park on Intake Lane or on the grass verges. The owner of the horse paddock who has very kindly allowed access for viewing will withdraw permission if birders do not heed the warning.