Wednesday, 12 November 2008


Everyone loves lists, particularly birders (go on admit it) - so here's three more.

The ones I should have found....

Ring-necked Duck

Surf Scoter

Black-necked Grebe

Spotted Crake

White-rumped Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Ring-necked Parakeet

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Great White Egret

Caspian Gull

The ones I would like to find.....

Dusky Warbler - I've done one half of the two (Radde's) but need this to complete the set. One every finder needs to do at some stage.

Pacifc Golden Plover - rare and an ID challenge - that moment when you realise everything fits neatly into place must be bliss.

Blyth's Reed Warbler - ditto Pacifc Goldie.

1st for Britain - the vast majority will not do it, but it's good to dream....could I already have (co-) done it.... (shot by M Newsome)

Red-flanked Bluetail - one of the orginal dream sibes, and although (nearly) everyone is finding them these days, it would still be great.

Blackpoll Warbler - surely a yank passerine is a must? I could have picked any, but a Blackpoll is more likely than most.

something silly - Little Bustard, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Hawk Owl, Pallas's Sandgrouse....need I say more?

Arctic Warbler - unlike it's eastern counterparts Greenish, Dusky and Radde's, it remains genuinely rare.

The ones I wouldn't like to find...(only kidding)

Tengmalm's Owl on private land - best not go there

flypast Herald Petrel - unlucky

Slender-billed Curlew - life changing, 10 years later and the saga continues

1998 Wilson's Snipe - are the orignal finders still alive?

Kermadec Petrel under a tree - who would believe you?

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