Whilst watching “the Chase” yesterday, one of the quiz questions was “what is a bird that wanders off it’s migratory path called” 1 Wanderer, 2 Vagrant,3 Roamer. Of course the answer was Vagrant which, incidentally , the contestant answered incorrectly.
I had to scurry across the width of the country to find it. A farmer picked up a rare cuckoo on his place. Experts identified it as an adult dark morph Pallid Cuckoo. It was in the trees around his homestead and when I arrived, there was already another twitcher there and the bird was located instantly. Boom. Some of these trips can be a failure or “dip.”
But even so the trip was interesting and to a beautiful part of the country with Mount Taranaki as a backdrop. I would love to spend more time there.
This article is included in Twinkl’s “Get up and Walk” campaign and is part of their article Some great ideas for “Get up and Walk February” https://www.twinkl.co.uk/blog/some-great-ideas-for-get-up-and-walk-february