Dear Reader - it's 3 - 0 to the yanks!
It was March 2007 when I ventured south to Far Pastures NR to see a Ringed-necked Duck. Despite many hours of searching, NOTHING!
And then I got home and checked BirdGuides and it had been seen. Do I, don't I? Yes, I do go back the next day.
And once again, a lengthy journey, this time a longer stay to cover the previous day's appearance time, but alas, NOTHING!
And so to last night and a consultation with the internet that showed one on home turf. So, despite my parents being up for the weekend, a few hours were stolen to finally bag the critter. Branton GP duly found, car parked and a beautifully lit water course full of wildfowl; except the R-n D. And despite a thorough search along with others, NOTHING!
Bit of a pattern developing here, I think.