Another mega, another miss. I can’t say dip this time as I couldn’t twitch on the Friday but I was hopeful the bird would stay for the weekend as I would be passing by the site on Saturday and Sunday. The bird? The Sharp-tailed Sandpiper on the Tidal Pool at Greetham Creek.
I’ve a bit of history with Sharp-tailed Sandpiper as Brian Moore and I twitched one at Dinas Dinlle in Caernarfonshire on 30 August 1996. Check your reports and you’ll soon see that bird was present 25 to 28 August, so, why did we go? Well both of us were working and some joker (stringer) reported the bird was still there on the 29th. A local informed us the stringer (joker) had rung in news having watched a Dunlin… nice no-one phoned out an update. Never mind, I still managed a lifer in the shape of Chough at South Stack RSPB Reserve.
Checking the new Birdguides iPhone app regularly on the way up there was only this message.
Bugger, arse, fuck…
Not to worry, it’ll get refound later… did it hell!