Sunday, 20 December 2009
Back into GYR!!!
Best way to get a pick-me-up...see a LIFER! Been waiting a long, long time to see this beauty in Britain, 23 years to be exact (seen a grey phase in Alaska). Special mention here for my wonderful non-birding partner Louise who came with me to share the driving...couldn't have done it on my own at the moment...STILL recovering from virus! Anyway, got there about 11, even stopped for a coffee in village before site, cool eh? Drove road to Port Eynon passed half a dozen birders, turned around and set up shop. Puzzled by small number? Gave it an hour, then up screeched a car with a pair of Donny (Doncaster) birders saying they'd just had it from the chippy window!! We all started scanning and sure enough making it's way across our view was one of the best birds you could ever wish to see. A truly special moment. The rest of the day was spent waiting for/chasing the bird on the peninsular. Saw it three times very well in flight and once on a fence post...just too late to get scope on it before it flew. Great day, great bird. Definitely going in my top 5.