News filtering out late this evening of 4 Bee-eaters reported at 6.30pm and apparently suppressed in the Todmorden area of West Yorkshire yesterday (Monday 11th April 2011).
I don't know the details of this sighting as yet but I hope they get relocated! I'll certainly have my eyes and ears peeled tomorrow!
There may be a reason other than blatant suppression that news of the bird did not make it out. For example they might have been found by lucky 'non-birders' etc... Will wait and see... Would be a good one for the garden list!
European Bee-eaters © Rashuli 2007
Information from Birdforum Yorkshire Thread and Heavybirder blog. Any further information would be great!
New News reported this afternoon from James Hunter on Birdforum who directed me to a blog (Calderdale Birds)with the following information from AndyC: I have spoked vis email to the finder of the bee eaters and he did not want any twitchers seeing the birds and did not put the news out because of this...
This seems a tad selfish and a bit of shame assuming there are no sensitive species in the area that twitchers could have disturbed?
2 Bee-eaters seen at Spurn this morning. Maybe Todmorden was enough to put them off the UK. After driving through there last week it wouldn't be a surprise.