John immediately realised the enormity of his find and within minutes placed his find in the public domain. Fortunately for all, the bird remained faithful to the same field for the rest of the day, delighting well over 300 observers before it roosted just after 8pm. Although Red-throated Pipits are annual in Britain with a yield of up to 10 per annum, twitchable individuals are few & far between, particularly in such outstanding plumage. By some surprise, the bird was still present Bank Holiday Monday (4th May), attracting upwards of a further 400 twitchers from far and wide.
It represents the third record for Derbyshire following singles at Rother Valley Country Park from 20-23 May 1985 and Hillyfields, Poolsbrook Country Park, on 23-24 April 1996.