What turned out to be some of the best sightings of the bird during the first week, in the best light ensued in front of the delighted massed twitchers. With a fantastic blocker being served up what could make it better? Well, the Duke’s Barn turned the twitch into a fund raising event for the disability outdoor centre. I have been on some memorable twitches before where the locals have gone the extra mile to make the birders welcome. Who could forget the the Chipping Norton Oriental Turtle Dove where you left your shoes at the front door, paid a fiver entrance fee and where shepherded into a deluxe kitchen that had under floor heating? The bird also showing superbly well. Or indeed the Kidlington Baltimore Oriole, where upon arrival I was shown into the back garden where the bird was showing by the owner of the house. How could it compare to watching the Black-throated Thrush in the walled garden of Ina MacDondald in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute? Ina was not accepting visitors but let in both Paul Hackett and I and fed us fairy cakes and cups tea in a china tea set whilst we watched the 1st winter male Black-throated Thrush through her kitchen window. The Duke's Barn though beat all of those experiences. They laid on parking, toilets and even had bacon & sausage sandwiches with chips and tea laid on for a donation. Later that became mince pies and fairy cakes. I can't say as a birder have I ever felt more welcome at a mass twitch. Days later even laid on a free shuttle bus to get to see the bird from the weekend parking site.