By way of compensation though I headed out for an early tea time twitch to Broom gravel pits. these are a relatively new set of pits up the A1. This spring though they have been red hot on the bird front. they seem to be acting as a magnet for migratory birds following the A1 corridor. A couple of weeks ago I had a white-winged black tern, last week it was a Temmincks stint and then last night a smart male red-necked phalarope dropped in.
So, a 50 minute blast up the A1 got me on site. I dived out of the car and quickly got onto the bird which was quite distant. I then spent the next hour on the phone to work in my car thus proving men can multitask!
Business finished I returned to the pit with my camera and spent a very pleasant hour photographing a very small bird a long distance away!
A bit closer, or rather a massive crop, shows the smart detail on the bird.
Most of the time though it was being pestered by the local birds. One redshank especially wouldn't let it settle.