Sat 20 Sep 2014. Went to Sheffield Wednesday ticket office to get the fast selling out tickets for today's game at home to Reading. Then sent out this tweet.
Within half hour something 'daft' had turned up with news breaking of Britain's 3rd (and Yorkshire's 1st) Masked Shrike at Spurn (Kilnsea). Always regretted not twitching the first GB record in Scotland. Twitched the Spurn bird with my dad (and saw G G Shrike). We got back to Hillsborough just as the match kicked off - ended up a scrappy 1-0 to the Owls.
Sun 21 Sep 2014. Back to Spurn and got some photos and video of the cracking Masked Shrike and connected with R B Flycatcher and Barred Warbler. Probably heard Y B Warbler around Kew but it sounded off just once late pm. A last hour seawatch produced a handful each of Sooty and Manx Shearwaters north, several R T Divers south, and loafing Little Gulls inc a flock of 40 at distance. Good to have a natter with a few faces from days of old.