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This Mega turned up at a very inconvenient time for me. I was in the middle of going to the local shop for Milk and then taking my daughter Georgie to a Swimming Gala in Horsham.
I asked my wife whether it was possible if she could take Georgie to the gala on Saturday and I would take her on Sunday. She agreed. I got the milk, took it home and left home at 9;15am and arrived at Meare Heath, Somerset at 12:00pm. The 120 space car park was full. I waited for someone to leave and them walked as fast I could to the admiring crowd. The Godwit was sleep on arrival. I stayed with the Godwit until 2:45pm. By this time it flew a short distance and fed with a large flock of Black-tailed Godwit. Other good birds noted included Wood Sand and Greenshank.
Got home at 6pm to find out that my daughters only swim on Saturday was DQ'd as she failed to touch with both hands on her 100m breast stroke race. Trip cost me £25 in diesel.
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|Posted on January 2, 2015 at 4:20 AM|
Little Bustard is a bird most British Twitchers dream of.
Reason being the last twitchable one was from the magic1996. This had mouth watering birds including:- Double-crested Cormorant, Little Bustard, Caspian Plover, Great Knot, Long-toed Stint, Cedar Waxwing, Spanish Sparrow & Indigo Bunting
My first BIG year of twitching was in 1996 and due to the ease of getting new birds I didn't leave the south east with out the exception of day trip to East Anglia. That year I added 22 lifers.with birds such as American Coot at Stodmarsh, Little Bittern at Epsom Stew Ponds, Golden Orioles (yes plural) at Lakenheath
Anyway fast forward to 30th December 2014. News breaks of a Little Bustard at East Guideford, East Sussex (Alan Parker). A few keen souls search the following day without any success. Then another Little Bustard is found at Fraisthorpe, East Yorkshire (Kevin Bernard).
Very fortunately I had a free day on the 1st January 2015. Just had to stay tee total at my Mother-in-llaws new years eve party. I left the party at midnight and went back home to meet John Lees and George Kinnard for a 1am departure. Picked up John Benham at Leatherhead at 1:30am and two hours later we had a lattee at Roadchef Watford Gap.
We arrived at Fraisthorpe at 7am. Car park was already full so we had to park along access track to car park. I tried to have kip before venturing out of the car into the darkness. But too many people were chatting outside the car to make this possible. Once daylight broke it took about 30 minutes for the Little Bustard to be located. It was sat in the middle of a kale field.
See if you recognise anyone in the crowd shots:-
The Little Bustard never really did much all day. It occasionally eat a few insects on the Kale, moved a couple of meters and tried to close it's eyes regularly. We would liked to have seen the Little Bustard fly, and see its amazing wing pattern.
We left the Bustard in peace at 10:30am and went to see Johnny Holidays Blyth's Pipit. Got hope at 19:30pm. The estimated petrol cost of Brighton to Yorkshire and back was £100. So not a bad day out for £25 each and very nice to see over 1000 twitchers enjoying the New Year.
Sadly the next day the Little Bustard was not seen, with approximately 100 people left disappointed. I don't think the Little Bustard ever left the site and probably died in its sleep.
|Posted on December 30, 2014 at 8:20 AM|
Just like to wish everybody that visits my website a happy new year.
Sorry for the lack of posting on here during 2014.
It was a combination of lack of birds, patio & lawn construction, computer problems and lack of motivation on my part.
Anyway 2015 is almost here and a liitle bustard was found in sussex today. So I'm hoping my first post will be me putting a Little Bustard on my British List. Fingers crossed.
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