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Wednesday 23rd August 2017

Tue 18/07/17
Rarity finders: Grey-tailed Tattler in the Azores
Rarity finders Grey-tailed Tattler in the Azores
Josh Jones' July visit to Terceira highlighted why it is never safe to rest on your laurels while birding in the Azores, even in the middle of summer.  read on read on
Mon 10/07/17
Rarity finders: Oriental Plover in Norway
Rarity finders Oriental Plover in Norway
Oddvar Heggøy and Gunnar Gundersen enjoyed a quite sensational find on the Norwegian island of Røst in late June.  read on read on
Thu 06/07/17
Rarity finders: Pacific Swift in Aberdeenshire
Rarity finders Pacific Swift in Aberdeenshire
The joys of patch birding were never more apparent to Philip Bloor when a large slender swift hove into view at Longhaven and showed its white rump ...  read on read on
Wed 28/06/17
Rarity finders: Myrtle Warbler on Skokholm
Rarity finders Myrtle Warbler on Skokholm
Giselle Eagle's cursory check of the island's southern circuit hit pay-dirt when a mystery song emanated from some elder bushes.  read on read on
Fri 09/06/17
Rarity finders: Elegant Tern in Hampshire
Rarity finders Elegant Tern in Hampshire
Dedicated Hampshire patch-worker Andy Johnson on the discovery of another top-class vagrant on Hayling Island.  read on read on
Tue 30/05/17
Rarity finders: Lesser Kestrel on Noss, Shetland
Rarity finders Lesser Kestrel on Noss, Shetland
Noss wardens Craig Nisbet and Andrew Denton were pleased eneough to have found what they thought was a Common Kestrel on Shetland; little did they know what the photos would reveal once posted online.  read on read on
Thu 25/05/17
Rarity finders: Spectacled Warbler on Portland, Dorset
Rarity finders Spectacled Warbler on Portland, Dorset
Andy Davidson recounts a memorable afternoon at Portland Bill where, among a fall of migrants, he found Britain's ninth Spectacled Warbler.  read on read on
Tue 16/05/17
Rarity finders: Black-browed Albatross in East Yorkshire
Rarity finders Black-browed Albatross in East Yorkshire
Twelve-year-old Joe Fryer demonstrated great nous to find and identify a Black-browed Albatross at the famous Yorkshire reserve of Bempton Cliffs.  read on read on
Mon 01/05/17
Rarity finders: Red-winged Blackbird on North Ronaldsay
Rarity finders Red-winged Blackbird on North Ronaldsay
Simon Davies' persistence during a month of challenging weather conditions on North Ronaldsay paid off with a prize as big as it gets — a potentially new British bird.  read on read on
Thu 27/04/17
Rarity finders: Oriental Turtle Dove in West Yorkshire
Rarity finders Oriental Turtle Dove in West Yorkshire
A couple of photos passed along by a work colleague alerted Duncan Watson to the presence of a mega eastern dove in West Yorkshire, but the bird now seems to be long gone.  read on read on
Tue 25/04/17
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Rarity finders American Herring Gull in Suffolk
Pete Wilson's diversion via a local Suffolk pig farm paid off when a rare Nearctic gull emerged from the throng.  read on read on
Mon 24/04/17
Rarity finders: Hermit Thrush on Noss
Rarity finders Hermit Thrush on Noss
Craig Nisbet, Reserve Warden at Scottish Natural Heritage, clapped his hands in a Shetland island geo and flushed a mega Yank thrush, which fortunately stayed for others to see.  read on read on
Thu 13/04/17
Rarity finders: Common Rock Thrush on Scilly
Rarity finders Common Rock Thrush on Scilly
Ansy Boothroyd was teaching her husband some bird identification tips when he noticed a gaudy but unusual bird perched on a wall.  read on read on
Wed 22/03/17
Rarity finders: Baillon's Crake in Cornwall
Rarity finders Baillon's Crake in Cornwall
One of the only birds Alice Davey saw during a morning at a west Cornwall beach proved to be a mega-rare crake.  read on read on
Mon 13/03/17
Rarity finders: Glaucous-winged Gull on Fair Isle
Rarity finders Glaucous-winged Gull on Fair Isle
A striking Larus found by Fair Isle warden David Parnaby turned out to be Britain's third Glaucous-winged Gull.  read on read on
Fri 10/02/17
Rarity finders: Royal Tern on Guernsey
Rarity finders Royal Tern on Guernsey
The sight of a fly-by orange-billed tern left Jamie Hooper stunned — but fortunately the bird stuck around and its identification was resolved.  read on read on
Tue 31/01/17
Rarity finders: White-billed Diver in Lincolnshire
Rarity finders White-billed Diver in Lincolnshire
Lightning struck twice spectacularly as a stretch of the River Witham revealed its second White-billed Diver to David Curtis, 21 years after the first.  read on read on
Sun 29/01/17
Rarity finders: Pacific Diver in Northumberland
Rarity finders Pacific Diver in Northumberland
Alan Curry details the circumstances surrounding the discovery and identification of what proved to be Northumberland's first Pacific Diver.  read on read on
Mon 09/01/17
Rarity finders: Pine Bunting in Shropshire
Rarity finders Pine Bunting in Shropshire
Simon Davies braved the rain on New Year's Day to find a Shropshire first.  read on read on
Mon 09/01/17
Rarity finders: Blue Rock Thrush in Gloucestershire
Rarity finders Blue Rock Thrush in Gloucestershire
Bridget Jennings had noticed the unusual thrush-like bird in her garden for some time, but it took her internet-savvy son to figure out what it was.  read on read on

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