Saturday, December 08, 2007

Panic at Lisvane Reservoir

There was panic at Lisvane Reservoir this morning following a report of a "Forster's" there on Friday afternoon. Twitchers arrived from all over the country but their journeys were all in vain.
Twitchers at Lisvane Reservoir
The info was completely duff and resulted from a bad case of Chinese whispers. We're sad to announce that the origin of this sighting was a member of 'Birders in Boxers' - Tim Hall. A lynch mob is cruising Roath Park looking for him at this very moment.
Tim's regrettable decision to use a can of Australian lager to gauge size comparison between the wintering Spotted Sandpiper and a Grey Wagtail, (which he subsequently posted on the Glamorgan Bird Club sightings webpage), kicked everything off.
The can of lager that caused all the confusion

The other members of 'Birders in Boxers' would like to disassociate themselves from Tim's unfortunate clanger. But, we would like to point out that Tim was actually correct in his original posting on the GBC Sightings page . . .

. . . a Grey Wagtail is, without doubt, smaller than a can of lager

7 comments:

Tim Hall said...

Ho, flipping, ho. Don't suppose there'll be much proper bird news for a few weeks, as people are sucked into the hellhole of consumerism until after Christmas.

Tim Hall said...

I didn't mention Duff. That's in the Simpsons cartoons!

Wayne said...

We should of course point out that the can in question was almost certainly of the British form.

Our European readers, should take care when undertaking similar observations. The continental form of lager can is often a little smaller than their northern counterparts.

Dan said...

You're quite right Wayne. Though I think I'm right in saying that the continental form of Foster's is very rare in the UK, and that a can of that race found at Lisvane Reservoir would constitute a fist for Glamorgan. Tim - are you absolutely sure it wasn't the continental form?

Dan said...

. . . the above should should read "first" not "fist" of course!

Tim Hall said...

Stir crazy! You should get out more. Definately British. You don't think the continentals would drink that rubbish do you?

Jeff said...

Wasn't there a rumour also of a "Stellers" Eider or was that Eagle ?