I went twitching yesterday…sort of.
In fact, I went twitching on Sunday too, but only yesterday was successful.
There is a Great Grey Shrike in Northants, and that doesn’t happen that often, and not often in the first days of January, so I thought I’d go and have a look for it.
Sunday was a complete failure – it was very misty and I felt I’d rather be snoozing in front of the fire.
Monday morning is always a good time to go birdwatching – when everyone else is going to work – particularly on the first day back for many workers. I headed through the lanes to an area west of Oundle and east of Corby. Two other birders were present and our hopes weren’t very high but just as I was wondering whether some more snoozing might be a good option, the ‘man from near to Leicester’ spotted the bird briefly. I walked down the road and found the bird again sitting low in the hedge and we all, the three of us, looked at it.
Very grey it was too – I guess that”s how they got the name. Not that ‘great’ in terms of size, but quite ‘great’ in terms of being a good bird for Northants.
Happy New Year!