- Oooh look! A wheatear [lower case], this will probably be bird of the day.
- Er,... why isn't that a female Pied?
- Why do I keep my Coolpix at the bottom of my bastard-to-open rucksack and not in my pocket?
- Pale, grey-toned and cold-looking overall, fringing to the lower scaps (f. difficult to see on crown, mantle, etc.), chat-like jizz, quite long-winged.
- Why won't this bird show me it's tail pattern?
- Oooh,... there's the tail.
- Can I remember how to exclude Eastern Black-eared? Can I bog-roll.
- The usual pangs of self-doubt admixed with the fear that some bastard will appear and re-identify it as melanoleuca and then I'll have to live with the searing mental anguish until, one bleak winter's morning, I'm found face down in an icy ditch, a brisk northerly snatching the last few sodden pages of Magnus Ullman's seminal 1994 Dutch Birding paper from my rigid grasp.
- Better 'phone a friend'. [having attempted to phone at least half a dozen 'friends', none of whom picked up...]
- Is my phone on the blink? [remembering my crack IT training I turn it off and on again].
- When is my new phone arriving?
- Input garnered from Messers Seth, Gates, Bull and Townend (not neccesarily in that order [can't remember order, many thanks all]).
- Better put it out as a Pied then.
- Always trust your first impressions, unless they're wrong, in which case, don't.
- OMG! One of the locals seems to have his phone switched off, another is in Norfolk and I think another just thought I said Pied Flycatcher,... *is* my phone on the blink? Am I on the blink? Is everyone else on the blink?
25 October 2011
The internal timeline of the clueless mind
The first 15 things that crossed my mind on finding a Pied Wheatear:
Posted at 23:56