Two choices this morning both involving Shrikes. Go with Brian and hope the Brown Shrike had stuck overnight. Or go with dad and head for Leiston in Suffolk and the Lesser Grey Shrike.
We had to try for the "Mega" so at 6am we set off for Hook-with-Warash LNR in Hampshire, arriving in good time shortly before 8am.
Plenty of birders were already on site, but straight away it didn't feel like I was going to be adding this bird to my life list.
It was good to meet a few familiar faces and have a chat while hoping the bird was going to show up. But shortly after midday when a couple entered the favoured area from the previous evening to pick blackberries we decided the bird had gone and with it so did we.
Stuck for sites close by and with nothing of interest coming up on the pager, we decide to head for Surrey and pay a visit to the British Wildlife Centre.
Having never been to this site before and not really knowing what to expect, I have to say it was worth every penny of the £10.50 entrance fee.
More details on this site to follow.