Saturday, 19 June 2010


upton warren
mega pain recounting this day, but here goes;
dropped into the moors and slowley walked down to the west hide, as nothing had been seen, i wasent in a rush. entered the west hide to be greated by any patch workers worst comment:
'you'll never guess what you just missed?'

AUCH, i missed a rare bird by a mind numbing 5 mins (if that), it was so close to it the finder hadent even got the news out yet, so i offered to let all the 'upton boys' know with my free texts, quite a few came through with just the words 'bloody hell', i couldent belive how bad my luck had got recently(without MY med gull), every good bird i seem to be missing, but this was the one that hurt, so much it hurt.

about 20 mins after i got a call from brian telling me he just had the bird flying over grimley, he searched the area long and had after that but the news 'spoonbill relocated at ?????????' never came, and hopes failed and i was left downhearted.

Just as well that aq couple of half decent birds wer at the flasehes or i weould still be suffering from SLBAD (seasonal and lack of bird affected disorder). we had been in the hide for some time and we were joined by 'mr spoonbill' (the finder that is not the big white spatular bird), and my acute hearing honed into a singing 'GRASSHOPPER WARBLER' at the back of the 1st flash, and soon after a CUCKOO joined it and started singing behind the hen pool.

and there we go, the most painfull day this year so far!!!!!!!!! :-(


Rob said...

Hi MB, sorry to hear about the spoonbill dip , i have had several close dips myself , to painful to mention , although pied wheateear stands out as they were watching it as i was walking towards them

midlands birder said...

Ok now the spoonbill has been completly outdone, pied wheatear, ouch,now that is one i feels sorry for u
anyway good luck with any future twitches and hope you get lucky :-)