yesterday afternoon a birding mate of mine called me about an interesting flycatcher he'd seen at Waxham. It showed a few pro Semi-collared features and he asked me to check it out. Knowing Dave well from numerous foreign trips as a very steady, patient and solid observer, I took it very seriously and myself and three other locals arrived on site shortly after and after a bit of bashing about located the bird. It showed three pale-tipped median coverts on the right wing and was quite a grey bird (obvious when against green foliage) with a large amount of white obvious in the tail when the bird flew. It was an interesting bird.
We watched the bird on and off for a while and news was eventually put out from Norwich I think (not from us) Many birders arived as the light was fading and most of the original observers had left. By this time I was happy with the views I'd had and wasn't paying much attention. Unfortunately it seems that a Pied Fly (there were two of these present as well last night) may well have been observed in the gloom rather than the grey bird with obvious median tips etc.
anyway, pics of the bird are here, well done to Dave, whatever transpires with the final identification. These birds are a minefield and amazingly difficult / impossible to pin down. I also hope people are at least a little grateful that news was released, in what is at the moment a sensitive area. As an aside what a wonderful time it was to be cycling around the village with redstarts and pied flys flitting from every tree it seemed. Magical.
constructive comments and humourous asides welcome.