Remarkably last months Flycatcher was still available at the South Landing at Flamborough Head, it had been trapped and ringed with feathers collected for DNA analysis, so one way or another this bird was going to get sorted out! Although it still didn't look totally right and it's extremely unlikely to be an Atlas from the recent weather conditions in my opinion, I cracked!! Many people had already been to see it and were bigging it up, so to cover my ass thought I had better go pay it a visit for insurance sakes encase it is ever accepted as a first for Britain. Leaving late morning on the 3rd (once I had recovered from the birdrace), I met up with Rich Bonser near Lincolnshire for an evening assault. On arrival the bird showed well for a short spell and we very quickly hopped back into the car to head south again. Time to wait and see what the DNA results say...(Image provided by Rich).
Tiredness was taking its toll after I had a sleepless night in the airport the previous night and so as a result I fell asleep infront of the TV. Eventually pulling myself together I made it up to bed where I was hoping for a 10+ hour nap. Within 10 minutes of dozing off I was rudely awoken by the pager's MEGA alert and a phonecall from Dan Pointon alerting me to the discovery of a Cream-coloured Courser that evening in Herefordshire. Well that was it, how could I sleep knowing that was there. I literally jumped straight out of bed, into the car and began driving - teaming up with Dan and Josh Jones enroute. We arrived at dawn where it didn't take Josh long to relocate it on the golf course at Bradnor Hill at 04:45!! There was only 12 people there for the first few hours of light as most had already gone to bed when the news was released and most were probably still in bed while we were watching it. The adult bird looked very unimpressed and abit bedraggled but still what an absolute stunner. Never did I envisage seeing a Cream-coloured Courser just 8 years after missing the Scilly bird, this has made my year already!