Just been looking through at some data from my BirdGuides CD "The CD-ROM Guide to Rarer British Birds" and was looking at White-throated Robin. Some of you will already know there has been 2 previous British records and I have the dates to hand:
1983 on the Isle of Man, Calf of Man, the bird was a male and was a one day bird on the 22nd of June. Then another record from 1990: 1990 at Pembroke, on the island of Skokholm, it was a female first seen on 27th of May and stayed until the 30th of May. So the previous records have been untwitchable birds for the masses. So in effect the Hartlepool Headland bird is a first for the UK for nearly all birdwatchers alike. It is also the longest staying as you can see from the records above. It went missing yesterday early afternoon however is back but has relocated slightly.