Arriving on Orkney after no sleep it became clear that the postcode we had for the bird was wrong. After some frantic phone calls we got some proper directions and hurtled over to the correct side of the island. A couple of birders had the bird pinned down on our arrival and we were relieved to see it immediately, crawling around some bare earth. For the next hour we had the bird to ourselves and to eventually flew to land and feed just 15 feet away, giving stunning views. Thanks to Rich for driving and getting me to a bird that I couldn't miss.
Back home I was absolutely knackered through lack of sleep, but late news of an Isabelline Shrike at the Leas, South Shields dragged me out. Through some nightmare traffic, the light was fading as I got there, but the shrike performed superbly.