I have just been reading Katie Fuller's (Bogbumper's) account of her surprise female Redstart, and how it was pure fluke that she happened to be looking out of the bathroom window at just the right moment, otherwise she would have missed it. Well done, Katie!
In this context, I want you all to know that I have created a list of all the birds that have been in, or flown over, my garden, but which I didn't happen to see because my fluke wasn't switched on at the time. It's a much more exciting list than the list of birds which I HAVE seen in or from my garden. My "didn't-see" list includes:
Barred Warbler, Ring Ousel, Wryneck, Common Crane, Golden Oriole and many more.... but I won't go on as I don't want to make anyone jealous.
PS My psychotherapist says she's still worried about my mental state.