Monday, 6 June 2011

White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis

White-throated Robin Irania gutturals (adult female)
My plans for Monday were well and truly flushed down the toilet when the pager shouted 'MEGA'. And for a change, just down the road in Hartlepool. 

The first mainland record and only the second UK record (after one on Skokholm Island).  It has also been recorded on the Isle of Man (apparently not part of the UK).

Several hundred birders rushed to the bowling green that was to be home for this rarity for today - I almost wish I had stayed to see the scene when the 'olds' turned up for their 2pm game of bowls - but there were more rarities to be seen.............more tomorrow.

This made local TV news:


  1. quality shot Tim, we went later on when the madness of ladders began

  2. Nice shot. I went for a quiet game of bowls and ended up on top of a ladder! Cheers.

  3. Are yes, twitching checklist:

    Bins, Scope, Camera, Tripod, Ladder :)

  4. That's a nice pic of the Robin. But of course better again actually seeing it in the wild (even if you needed to climb the ladder, lol).