|Far adrift from its North American migration route, this much-travelled Sandhill Crane made landfall in Scotland and was subsequently tracked southwards along the east coast, eventually arriving at Boyton Marshes, Suffolk.|
Come Monday, however, the extraordinary Sandhill saga resumed with the news that the bird was lingering at Boyton Marshes, Suffolk, having turned up there the previous day after being tracked along much of the English east coast. My flight from Reykjavik hit the tarmac at Gatwick around 1 pm, and an hour later I was heading north on the M23. The family were expecting me home in north London, but I knew they would understand … all it would take was a 150-mile detour and an extra three hours at the wheel (plus a couple more on foot) before I made it home.
|Preparing for departure - the restless crane gets itchy feet.|
|We have lift-off - but it proves to be only a temporary relocation northwards.|
* Thanks to David Callahan, Bob Watts and Stuart Piner of Rare Bird Alert for the updates and directions that made this impromptu homecoming twitch possible.