For me, part of the enjoyment of finding a rarity is staying with it and getting as many others to see it as possible. This adds to the satisfaction and pleasure of finding the bird in the first place – it’s great to see happy birders’ faces as they clap eyes on a county rarity that you’ve just found. You will notice that nearly all of my finds have been appreciated by a wider audience, part luck yes, but also because I make a huge effort to share my good fortune too. Of course it is up to the individual to choose how they wish to report their sighting and no-one can be forced into reporting a good bird just so others can see it, but to me it just seems a real shame that the (very) few rarities that choose to touch down in Cumbria can’t be enjoyed by more than just the finder when there is no good reason….
Needless to say this morning I spent a fruitless few hours searching my patch for the Long-billed Dowitcher that was reported (too) late yesterday. I’m hoping that if the report was genuine, then maybe it’ll be relocated soon. (This bird was later rejected by the BBRC). This morning just the usual stuff was present, 2 Spotted Redshanks still, one Black-tailed Godwit still with the Redshank flock, and two Little Egrets being the highlight. A distant adult Med Gull at Bowness carried a green ring on it’s right leg.