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Friday, 26 April 2013

Rufous Tailed Twitching

Way back when, well 1995 to be precise me and then birding buddy Big Al Hannington (he is still a buddy, just moved down to the Scillies now) drove down to Norfolk one May afternoon to see a superb male Rock Thrush which was hopping around Hunstanton Golf Course, fantastic looking bird that had survived a close encounter with the local Sparrowhawk a couple of days before, however the species has been hard to come by since then so when Mark rang Thursday afternoon to inform me of one at Spurn albeit a female it wasn't a hard decision to join him and our mate Darren from Leeds on a twitch that evening to go and see it, it wasn't the best of weather when we got there, dark and dismal with a constant drizzle but the bird was showing straight away around the Borrow Pit area and although it was right over the other side we got decent scope views and boy what about that tail when it flitted up and down off the posts, unfortunately with the distance and poor light there was little chance of a photo however towards dusk it flew off over the bank and was relocated on the roof of Southfield Farm, we walked round and although it still wasn’t what you would call close I managed a few record shots, smashing bird and a precious Yorkshire tick, you have to go back to 1984 for the last one of them I believe. 

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