Back in April 2004 West Hartford struck patch-gold, with a single Avocet on what was, the new flash.
Fast forward to 2013 and the lone record is something of a distant memory as West Hartford's apparently resident Liverbirder picks up not one but two.
A great patch record - and not the news that I wanted whilst in Newcastle procuring vinyl.
Three hours later and I'm there, somewhat short of breath as the cycle ride (had to take the bike for the list!) into the wind was an effort.
The 2 elegant waders spent their time in the middle / far side of the pool - so record shots with the mighty compact will suffice.
The cycle ride back home was easier, with the wind assisting the journey somewhat... stops at East Hartford produced 4 wheatear, and at the delightful place that is Boghouses, another - 5 is a good Cramlington total.