Following on from recent dissapointments, I thought I'd have a search back through my notebooks at more sucessful Spring days gone by, if nothing else, just to assure myself that I do connect with the odd bird at times!!
1 Lifer - Little Bittern-Holkham, Norfolk
Other birds of note: Red footed Falcon, Hoopoe, 5 Cattle Egrets, 2 Red throated Pipits, Grey headed Wagtail, Savi's Warbler
1 Lifer - Oriental Pratincole-Gimmingham, Norfolk
3 Lifers - White Stork-Northdale, Unst, Shetland. Rock Thrush-Holme, Norfolk. Eyebrowed Thrush-Auchmittie, Tayside.
Other birds of note: Surf Scoter, Greater Yellowlegs, Cattle Egret, Sardinian Warbler, Bluethroat, Black winged Stilt, Woodchat Shrike
Birds of note: Red footed Falcon, 2 Night Herons, Red throated Pipit, Red backed Shrike
1 Lifer - Chestnut Bunting-Salthouse, Norfolk
Birds of note: Short toed Lark, Whiskered Tern
2 Lifers - Hudsonian Whimbrel-Goldcliffe, Gwent. Fan tailed Warbler-Hengistbury Head, Dorset.
Other birds of note: 2 Slender billed Gulls, Black faced Bunting (Spurn esc??), Tawny Pipit, Red backed Shrike
2 Lifers - Little Swift-Netherfield Lagoons, Notts. Marmora's Warbler-Sizewell, Suffolk
2 Lifers - Lesser Sandplover-Rimac, Lincs. Lesser Kestrel-St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
1 Lifer - Iberian Chiffchaff-Kingswear, Devon
3 Lifers - Barrow's Goldeneye-Meikle Loch, Aberdeenshire. Trumpeter Finch-Landguard, Suffolk. Corncrake-Balranald RSPB, North Uist
Other birds of note: King Eider, Red rumped Swallow, Gull billed Tern, Ring necked Duck, Stilt Sandpiper, Night Heron, Pectoral Sandpiper, Rose coloured Starling
1 Lifer - Black browed Albatross-Sula Sgeir, Western Isles
1 Lifer - Crested Lark-Dungeness, Kent
Birds of note: Oriental Pratincole
So I guess I do see some birds after all, won't be putting the scope and bins on Ebay just yet!!!
Following the recent bird in Holland, this would be a good bird to break the "dipping" jinx on, here's hoping!