I want this blog to be a combination of birding and humour and often these are linked and sometimes expose my frailties.
Take yesterday, for example.
Good start, as there were a few 'scopers' when I arrived at the Beehive to tick the Pec. Sand. Even better, a nice guy who I have seen countless times before but do not know his name (drives a small red Mitsubishi on an 05 plate and he is 5'8", 50's, dark brown hair and a full set) put me on to the bird as it was doing a Pheasant impression by hiding in the long grass! Magic!
Then off to Holywell to see if the GWT was about. Always a good sign when other birdres' cars are there and Northumbrian Birder's was plus a few others. At the 5-bar gate I met a guy who had been at the Members' Hide and was now en route to the Public one.
"Just seen a Goosander fly over this way."
(ME) "Nice birds. Smart lookers. Quite common and under-rated."
"A flock of Greylags has flown over that way too."
(Me) "Lots of them about. Always worth a look in case something else is with them."
And did I have a look? No! And should I? Yes! And would it have been only my second ever White-fronted Goose? Too right! And am I bitter? Absolutely!!