After my foot-in-mouth comment yesterday about no birds up the coast, the least I could do was to respond to the call that the Ibis was doing the rounds today. HOWEVER, I got to Cresswell to be told by RD that I was an hour late! The bird was last seen flying off north west and landing beyond Bell's Pond. So, with nothing to lose and an hour to spare, and never having been to Bell's Pond, RD and I went for a stroll, and as pleasant as it was, no Ibis. Gave Druridge a few minutes but others there had seen nowt. Oh well, off home via Castle Island, which now resembles the Masai Mara (the bit the Wildebeest cross before being devoured by the crocs). Someone somewhere has pulled the Wansback's plug out and all the water has dissappeared apart from a dribble, and lots of mud. Gulls galore, then a text from Vipers that the Ibis was back. Like a yo-yo, back up, and the cast of thousands (tens actually) gave a clue that this time I was luckier.
Bingo, Lifer No. 242! And move over RD and all the other photographers, there's a new kid on the block (Yeah! Right!)!
And as a nice couple of add-ons, walking the dog at lunch time, I heard a Chiffchaff along Horton Burn, West Hartford at had three Common Buzzards over the woods to the NE, and tonight, a GSW near the entrance, a Common Redshank on the larger Flash and three Common Snipe on the smaller one.