Some of us locals, on the first day of this birds residence, all mega oober messed up the identification.
|Here's that original photo from Monday, that kind of helped the identification process.|
|Today, you can see it was definitely closer than the other day. Cripes, it's obvious now isn't it.|
|Check out those tiger striped tertials. How could you miss them?|
So, there you have it. The power of the internet secures the identification of Britain's second confirmed Short-billed Dowitcher. Lodmoor has certainly had a good run lately, thanks to regular stalwarts like Daragh, who, as it happens, found this beasty and is no doubt basking in the warm glow of finding an oober rarity on his local patch. Well done buddy, a cracking find, even if it did make some of us feel like idiots. All is well that ends well though and lots of people have already enjoyed this beautiful bird. Hopefully it will stay for a while, so everybody who wants to see it gets a chance to enjoy it too and so that I can get a better photo of course.