Tuesday, November 29, 2011


At the start of 2011 I got bored and made 25 predictions of rare birds that I thought might occur in 2011. Out of these 25, 16 have occured not a bad hit rate! Those 16 were;

Bufflehead (1w female, Cornwall)
Pallid Harrier (Millions of juvs & 1 ad male Norfolk) 


Greater Sand Plover (ad male Highland)
Upland Sandpiper (juv Scilly) 
Marsh Sandpiper (ad Lincs same East Yorks, ad Kent and Norfolk)
Ross’s Gull (probably stringy Cumbria bird but oh well) 
Roller (adults in Suffolk and Mull)
Crag Martin (brief Dorset bird)       
Veery (1w on Muck!)
Pied Wheatear (females in Gloucs and at Spurn)
 Pechora Pipit (Foula, Gulberwick in same garden as Rubythroat! and trapped on North Ron)
 Rose-breasted Grosbeak (brief 1w male on Orkney)
 Pine Bunting (fem Shetland and prob on Scilly)
Yellow-breasted Bunting (Foula)
 Black-and-white Warbler (1w female, Scilly)
 Northern Waterthrush (long stayer, Scilly not bad predicting this pair!)

Of all these birds I managed to see... 1!

Birds predicted but haven't occured yet;
 Little Bustard 
 Black-winged Pratincole 
 Black-billed Cuckoo 
 River Warbler 
 Desert Warbler 
 Rufous Bush Chat 
 Black-eared Wheatear  

Still time?!

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