Saturday, 4 April 2015

Stewards' Enquiry required

Gentlemen of the SFYL jury, I require your adjudication on today's GGS sighting.

I'm sure this is the SSNR bird but it obviously roams about a bit and I last saw it on the 22nd of March on a private site close to SSNR. In this instance I'd been told earlier in the day that the bird was still about and, although I wasn't actually looking for it, the fact that I knew it was about discounted it as a SFYL "tick".

I was on a different part of this site today doing a bit of dog training after a few hours at Broom (3 LRP, 9 Swallows through and PFG showing well) when the cheeky bugger briefly landed on a bush fairly close by. Having learnt my lesson after missing pics of decent birds before I now always try to have the camera to hand and managed a couple of shots before it flew off in the general direction of SSNR (so maybe still worth a look there also?). In this instance I was not looking for it and having been raking around this area during the past few weeks thought it had gone.



Either way, I never tire of seeing these birds and it must be on its way soon.

Jim

4 comments:

  1. Hello Jim,

    Well...others visit sites where birds are known or thought to be present and claim them as self-found, so why shouldn't you?

    However, ethically speaking - as in life, so with self-finding - you shouldn't do something just because:

    i) everybody else does it
    ii) you can get away with it

    There are rules laid out on the punkbirder website (hyperlink also on the blog home page): http://punkbirder.webs.com/selffoundrules.htm

    The quote ''we think these are as good as anything'' has often and historically carried the caveat ''if it suits me.''

    I would propose 0.5 points for (oxymoronic or pseudo) 'finds' at known sites, but I don't make the rules.

    Happy soul searching!

    DOM

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  2. Personally, I'd not count it. Seems harsh but, at best, it is a great bird to see. At worst, it is simply the wintering bird.

    I've never found a GGS in the UK. Would love to!

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  3. Thank you for the replies and info gents and as I'm mainly a rugby follower, not a toerag of a footy fan, I'm more than happy to follow the guidance of the referees. I'm obviously new to this caper and didn't went to get a red card in my first season. I'll just have to find it again in October, or even better get a picture of the 2 of them together if that ever happens again (I'm still smarting over that one) :-)

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  4. ..........A brand new site, far enough away from traditional locations is the clincher. I was lucky enough 'for one to find me' in Lincolnshire earlier this year. It was found in a very ordinary location along a country lane just outside a village. If it can be done there, I'm sure it could be the same case in Beds, got to be a bit jammy though!

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