A strange call got me all a twitter this afternoon! I ran out into our street to get a view of the culprit and though it was raining I could make out it was a kingbird. I thought initially it might be a tropical as I couldn't make out any white on the outer tail feathers. I phoned Guy Monty who came over on his bike as either bird would be a new species for his NMT list. In the time it took him to cycle over a second kingbird appeared and then the heavens opened. Luckily the rain only stayed for five minutes. Both birds were vocalizing and flycatching from the tops of some Cedar trees, giving us great views. This is a Vancouver Island species for me.
Silly o'clock and a drive to Summerset + a 2 1/2 hour watch at Ham Wall RSPB Reserve produced good looks at my first British P ied-billed Grebe. We turned up just after eight and just in time to miss this North American mega by minutes! Little Grebes kept us on our toes but we had to wait it out until about 10:40 am when it appeared from the corner where it had disappeared. There was a nice crowd here, all remaining hopeful and humorous during this very cold vigil. This little beauty made a b-line to open water, affording all great views. Bonus bird at this site was a Great White Egret .