Well unless the Short-toed Treecreeper at Languard in Suffolk stays another week – highly unlikely – it will remain a big omission from my list. I’ve twitched a few before to the always desolate and always fucking birdless Dungeness (for me anyway, Dunge and I seem to have dipping issues) and dipped. This time despite work/family commitments I was hopeful that today I’d break my duck. Instead I’m typing this bitter missive from my desk at work.
As I do the work rota I had initially taken today off as time off in-lieu. Because a colleague was a bit short-sighted and had booked themselves on my booked Saturday (we run a skeleton crew on Saturdays) I changed my own weekend on duty – has anyone ever tried to discuss leave with a parent? Don’t it’s a fucking nightmare and suffice to say I have no sympathy for fucking whinging, working parents who are self-centred pricks on the whole. Don’t agree? Well you’re probably one of the wankers I hate!
Rant over, I decided to save my TOIL and not have a day off only to have to return to work the following day – it all seemed so sensible. Yesterday I went to see my manager to reinstate my TOIL day but thanks to sickness/annual leave she now couldn’t grant my day off. She was very and genuinely sorry but that really doesn’t help me now. It’s not like I could even throw a sicky, that would look too obvious.
I really should stop worrying about my British list, I’ve seen tons of Short-toed Treecreeper just over the Channel near Calais. They’re not even that interesting. the good thing was that a nice Great Grey Shrike has been showing well close by and there was the chance to pop in to Lackford Lakes SWT to have look at the probable Baltic Gull.
Why oh why do I care? I know you don’t… bastards!