I don’t know what got in to me yesterday but I got a bit carried away and agreed to go and twitch this Thayer’s Gull in Lincolnshire with Dave Gray. It must have been being stuck at work on a ban holiday that got to me.
Fortified by five pints of Harvest Pale and safe in the knowledge Dave was driving I headed off to bed for a good nights sleep. As predicted Dave was 15 minutes late but we were soon on site. Some of the ASBO crew were scoffing breakfast at Frankie and Benny’s while we got on with the business of scrutinising every gull in the area… none of them turned out to be anything like a Thayer’s Gull despite a few claims, one that even made it as far as the news services albeit very belatedly.
We finally gave up and headed home, dropping in to Swithland Reservoir on the way. Thankfully the Black-necked Grebe and Kittiwake were still present.
Who says you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear?
I was good to bump into Martyn Hayes as well yesterday along with Dougal Gysi and John (Brown Thraher) Clement.