|Suburban twitching throws up some weird street name combinations. The Hoopoe had been in Annet Close, so when I saw Samson Road I thought maybe the theme was the Isles of Scilly...
|The next street was Goliath Road, so clearly not an Isles of Scilly theme. Herons perhaps?
|Then it dawned on me: of course! The hits of Tom Jones!
|Hoopoe was not the only bird on the lawns of Hamworthy. Redwing were also in the area.
|Another lawn, another bird. A Fieldfare this time.
Most reports of the Hoopoe had been from one of two main residential areas and, having searched both pretty comprehensively, my last throw of the dice was to try a smaller area between the two where I could not recall the bird being reported previously. It was a good move as I stumbled across it feeding on a front lawn next to the road. I got the news out quickly and despite reinforcements arriving within 10 minutes the bird had flown before anyone else could see it, making mine the only sighting yesterday as far as I am aware. Unless, of course, some 'members of the public' saw it. The car was the perfect hide in this situation, and I took some quick drive-by shots in the fading light. Fortunately the bird was present in the same area today allowing most of the locals to finally catch up with it.
|The notorious Hamworthy Hoopoe - on the run, giving Dorset's finest the slip.
|After no luck with all that Biblical Samson and Delilah Street nonsense, I eventually found the Hoopoe in the reassuringly rational vicinity of Dawkins Road
|The bird seemed to be feeding well...
|...but was present for just 5 minutes before flying off and wasn't seen again before dusk.