Can anyone tell me why the Mottled Swift from October 88 was rejected by the BBRC? It was seen (therefore identified) in Norfolk the day before being seen at Spurn for 3 or 4 days on and off, therefore independent observers from both Norfolk and Spurn had seen and identified this bird and, with the 'grapevine' absolutely nowhere near what it is today, I would suggest that the Spurn observers didn't even know that one had been seen the day previous, I certainly didn't know.
Amongst the observers at Spurn was a guy who had just returned from south of the sahara and enjoyed masses of experience of this species there. He was sure it was this species. The rest of the observers there were also confident. I didn't have a clue! I'd not even heard of it! I take it it was rejected on ID grounds? I understand firsts for Britain (and indeed the Western Palearctic) have to be very well described and documented but I'm sure this was very well described and documented. I find this hard to take. I'm still not sleeping at night. This is the one and only reason I drink just to at least TRY and help me sleep.
And the Demoiselle Crane.
Fucking Wankers, there I said it.
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