15th September. News in Brief
Getting late for waders
Squeezed a self-found patch year tick (114) in yesterday when two Whimbrel flew through early morning.
A blustery visit this morning produced a few Sand Martins and a 1st sum (or should it be 2nd winter) Yellow-legged Gull.
The Biking Birder
Had a surprise phonecall from the Biking Birder last night who is currently on Shetland. Gary's determination is inspiring and it was good to hear that my friends on Shetland were showing him their usual great hospitality. If you haven't donated yet then shame on you - visit HERE to redeem yourself.
I would like to think that Gary's Shetland stint is being fuelled by a diet of lasagne pies.
Squacco Takes Cover
I couldn't help but smile about the appearance of the Squacco Heron at Kilnsea today. Apparently, at times, it was seen underneath a plastic patio chair, no doubt taking cover from all the shit flying around regarding the Roller at Easington.
'British' Twitchers in political faux pas
Political relations between Britain and Ireland are in turmoil after a recent invasion by birders travelling to see the ship assisted House Crow. Not content with boasting about the size of their 'British' lists, the contents of which include such Irish 'rares' as Blue-winged Warbler, Canada Warbler and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, one such 'twitcher' took to advertising that the Crow was in fact his 500th British bird (IQ40 rules applied). Evidence of this political faux pas below in this exclusive picture featuring the two leading members of the 'elite' club centre and left of shot. Aside from the T-shirt blunder can any sharp-eyed readers spot the other bizarre occurrence in this photo? Answer at the bottom of the page.
No it's not LGRE's back to front binoculars. It's the fact that birding god Chris Heard agreed to appear in the same shot!