Next stop was the Sandy Pit in the search for waders. We were just about to start scanning the pit when a message came through on the phone - BLUETHROAT at Doxey. This came as a complete surprise. We had a brief look at the pit (seeing 15 Dunlin and a few Ringies) and then it was back to the car and off to Doxey.
The journey took about an hour in total. We were told to park on Home Base car park, but unfortunately, Home Base wasn't where I thought it was, and it took a little bit longer to get to Doxey than we hoped. Luckily it was only a short walk and, and following a brief wait, we were soon watching an awesome male Red-spotted Bluethroat. Despite there being two previous records in the county, it wasn't a bird I really thought I'd ever see in Staffordshire.