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Old Saturday 3rd November 2018, 17:10   #1
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Weirdest UK Twitch

Right, we currently have a situation where a bird which Bill Oddie so eloquently once described as a cosmic mind f****r is sheltering from the elements in an Orcadian outdoor toilet.

I can’t get two images out of my head;

1) this frankly spaced-out looking beast sat on the crapper wondering how the hell it got there?

2) the mass ranks of anxious listers, some still smarting from the infamous suppression of the Spurn bird, wondering how the hell to get there?

Wherever there may be, if and when access is available...

So, before you chew your fingernails/hands off in despair I’d be grateful if anyone could remind me of the weirdest twitches they’ve experienced.

I missed a lift to the Hartlepool White-throated Robin but would have absolutely loved to have experienced the twitch, mainly for the sight of grown men and women hauling themselves up ladders and on the roofs of passing vehicles to peer into the Vicar’s Garden and get covered in anti-vandal paint.

Must confess to always having a soft spot for the Geordie accent, especially the canny ladies. I can but imagine the negotiations when the local window cleaners rolled up...

So people, what have I been missing?

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Old Saturday 3rd November 2018, 17:22   #2
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Right, we currently have a situation where a bird which Bill Oddie so eloquently once described as a cosmic mind f****r is sheltering from the elements in an Orcadian outdoor toilet.

I can’t get two images out of my head;

1) this frankly spaced-out looking beast sat on the crapper wondering how the hell it got there?

2) the mass ranks of anxious listers, some still smarting from the infamous suppression of the Spurn bird, wondering how the hell to get there?

Wherever there may be, if and when access is available...

So, before you chew your fingernails/hands off in despair I’d be grateful if anyone could remind me of the weirdest twitches they’ve experienced.

I missed a lift to the Hartlepool White-throated Robin but would have absolutely loved to have experienced the twitch, mainly for the sight of grown men and women hauling themselves up ladders and on the roofs of passing vehicles to peer into the Vicar’s Garden an Chet covered in anti-vandal paint.

Must confess to always having a soft spot for the Geordie accent, especially the canny ladies. I can but imagine the negotiations when the local window cleaners rolled up...

So people, what have I been missing?
People from Teesside will not thank you for the 'geordie accent' comment....
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Old Saturday 3rd November 2018, 17:40   #3
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The Sunderland Baillon's springs to mind, ridiculously confiding, in a city centre park, messages on Birdline advising people not to try and touch the bird, people having to wear their reading glasses to see it properly.

Ticking American Robin by streetlamp early one December morning in Inverbervbie was fairly odd too.
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People from Teesside will not thank you for the 'geordie accent' comment....
OML sincere apologies to all inhabitants of the NE of England, Teesiders, Geordies or not. No offence was meant. My lighthearted post about the sheer delight/lunacy of some twitches has descended into the foetid depths of cultural insensitivity.
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The Sunderland Baillon's springs to mind, ridiculously confiding, in a city centre park, messages on Birdline advising people not to try and touch the bird, people having to wear their reading glasses to see it properly.

Ticking American Robin by streetlamp early one December morning in Inverbervbie was fairly odd too.
I visited the Baillon’s park some years later as a Sunderland student birder mate lived a stones throw from there. What a bizarre location!
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OML sincere apologies to all inhabitants of the NE of England, Teesiders, Geordies or not. No offence was meant. My lighthearted post about the sheer delight/lunacy of some twitches has descended into the foetid depths of cultural insensitivity.
Geordies are along the banks of the Tyne
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Geordies are along the banks of the Tyne
Regardless of the waterway they reside by, Wearsiders, to most outside the region, sound like Geordies. All Londoners are not Cockneys but all working class Londoners sound the same to my Midland ear.

Golden-winged Warbler in a Tesco carpark must have been surreal......
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Old Saturday 3rd November 2018, 22:21   #8
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Regardless of the waterway they reside by, Wearsiders, to most outside the region, sound like Geordies. All Londoners are not Cockneys but all working class Londoners sound the same to my Midland ear.

Golden-winged Warbler in a Tesco carpark must have been surreal......
totally off topic but remember being at Villa for a Boro match and all our fans joining in when they chanted "we hate Geordies"....they seemed rather confused :)

my favourite very mini twitch was finding a Goldcrest in a sink in an old shed on Warrenby steelworks.....not rare...but very weird and attracted quite a few while it rested
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Golden-winged Warbler in a Tesco carpark must have been surreal......
Certainly was, although both times I saw it it was in gardens nearby, we just parked at Tesco. The first time was on day one, a Thursday iirc, and a couple of young store managers came over to the corner of the car park we were all parked in and told us we shouldn't really be there if we weren't shopping. I don't think they expected us to just laugh and say "if you think this is bad mate, just you wait til Saturday! "
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Golden-winged warbler was a great twitch.

The ‘green heron’ in Devon was a bit odd, arriving on site and finding out that a green heron ‘might’ have been seen several months ago. Then the conspiracy stories started that there was some big news about to drop from the south-east and that this was just a ruse to keep the riff raff away. Followed by the news of Naumann’s thrush.
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Old Saturday 3rd November 2018, 23:43   #11
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I twitched back to my old school playing field after I had left home and gone to University. The playing field was frequented by the first Naumann's thrush for Britain, the kind of thing I had fantasised about while in the very same school and writing poor derivatives of Bill Oddie's little black masterpiece.

A housemate heard on the radio that there was a rare bird in my home town and fortunately passed the news on, or I wouldn't have know. I rocked up 3 weeks into its stay, 2 birders told me it had flown. I looked up, saw a lone thrush overhead, said "That's it" and it came down beautifully on the rugby field. Perfect!
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Old Sunday 4th November 2018, 01:27   #12
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I missed a lift to the Hartlepool White-throated Robin but would have absolutely loved to have experienced the twitch, mainly for the sight of grown men and women hauling themselves up ladders and on the roofs of passing vehicles to peer into the Vicar’s Garden and get covered in anti-vandal paint.
Saw this, but left before the ladders incident started

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The Sunderland Baillon's springs to mind, ridiculously confiding, in a city centre park, messages on Birdline advising people not to try and touch the bird, people having to wear their reading glasses to see it properly.
Got this one too, but before the advice not to touch went out . . . it took a worm off my hand
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Old Sunday 4th November 2018, 08:03   #13
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Weirdest local twitch for me must be Grey Phalarope in Hove on a childrens paddling pool. Nipped down to see it on my lunch break from work and was somewhat incongruous to see a load of mostly older fellas in everything from suits to camo (gotta question the sanity of anyone who would wear camo in that situation) laying on their fronts next to a paddling pool with long lenses
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I twitched back to my old school playing field after I had left home and gone to University. The playing field was frequented by the first Naumann's thrush for Britain, the kind of thing I had fantasised about while in the very same school and writing poor derivatives of Bill Oddie's little black masterpiece.

A housemate heard on the radio that there was a rare bird in my home town and fortunately passed the news on, or I wouldn't have know. I rocked up 3 weeks into its stay, 2 birders told me it had flown. I looked up, saw a lone thrush overhead, said "That's it" and it came down beautifully on the rugby field. Perfect!
I spent way too long staring at the school playing field as a youth. Best I had was a flock of Linnets. This is the stuff of schoolboy birding fantasy indeed!
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Weirdest local twitch for me must be Grey Phalarope in Hove on a childrens paddling pool. Nipped down to see it on my lunch break from work and was somewhat incongruous to see a load of mostly older fellas in everything from suits to camo (gotta question the sanity of anyone who would wear camo in that situation) laying on their fronts next to a paddling pool with long lenses
Please tell me there is photographic evidence. Up there with the weirdest twitches ever.
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Old Sunday 4th November 2018, 10:10   #16
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Ah, Saturday at the Golden-winged Warbler. After no news of the bird, spontaneously we all just started running - over walls, through hedges, down alleyways, through car parks, until roughly back where we all started, there was still no news of the bird. Like Mike Reid's Runaround.

Eventually, it did show well and roads were blocked and busses held-up, etc, etc. I think there may be pictures of this out there.
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Not a UK twitch, but twitching Finland's first Taiga Flycatcher, on a snowy evening was a pretty unique experience.

https://twitter.com/birdingstandard/...185487362?s=19

I would like to have taken more video footage/photos of the bird, but the biting cold aside, every time I opened my gloves this happened.

https://twitter.com/birdingstandard/...670656000?s=19

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Please tell me there is photographic evidence. Up there with the weirdest twitches ever.
LGRE took some pics of the rabble as I recall. I've only got photos of the bird as didn't have long there :)
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Regardless of the waterway they reside by, Wearsiders, to most outside the region, sound like Geordies.
Coming late to this thread ... having been married for 32 years to a Wearsider, I can't let this go by. They sound utterly different.
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Weirdest local twitch for me must be Grey Phalarope in Hove on a childrens paddling pool. Nipped down to see it on my lunch break from work and was somewhat incongruous to see a load of mostly older fellas in everything from suits to camo (gotta question the sanity of anyone who would wear camo in that situation) laying on their fronts next to a paddling pool with long lenses
Look how he blends in with the tarmac
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North of it, not south. That Spotted Sandpiper is not in Geordie Land
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North of it, not south. That Spotted Sandpiper is not in Geordie Land
Not according to Wikipedia- Gateshead and South Shields are included, so is Jarrow
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Not according to Wikipedia- Gateshead and South Shields are included, so is Jarrow
Strangely, Wikipedia is one of those words that is ideal for pronouncing in a Geordie accent. Try it!

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Not according to Wikipedia- Gateshead and South Shields are included, so is Jarrow
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