Congratulations to the finders and identifiers of this mega rarity in Northumberland and for getting the news out promptly to allow twitchers to get up there yesterday. I couldn’t really begin to start negotiating a day off work as due to holidays we’re a bit short anyway and also that I’d have been negotiating while actually being on site.
Twitching though is something of a love/hate thing for me… great when you do go and get the bird, not so bad if I don’t go and hurtful when I could go, but don’t, then do go and dip (ECW anyone). What does piss me off somewhat though are the braggarts, the money is no object kind of guys. The ones who just fuck off work, partners, family etc etc and then go on and on about how much money they’ve spent. Well if I’d as much disposable income as Garry Bagnell I’d pay a photographer to get a decent fucking shot of a Sykes’s Warbler (scroll down a bit) and post that on Surfbirds instead of a blurry photo of a bush. Garry, just what was the point? It’s not a fucking penis extension you know. Oh and if you fancied going on Garry’s blog and being regaled by how much he’s spent on the twitch, you can’t… unless you’re a sycophantic member. What a sad loser!