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Old Monday 27th November 2017, 20:02   #1
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What birds should we be paying more attention to....

Given the fairly recent discoveries of a possible "Siberian" Oystercatcher and an American Horned (Shore) Lark in the UK, and also the American White-Winged Crossbill in Iceland what other birds should we maybe looking a little closer at? Surely the American equivalents of Moorhen and Goosander could potentially be overlooked or even ignored completely if they turned up somewhere. What else 'exotic' might be hiding in plain sight?

I've got both the excellent Birding Frontiers Challenge series books and they are great for flagging up possibilities, however slim the chances may be, but what species/subspecies might have featured in further volumes?
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Old Monday 27th November 2017, 20:24   #2
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Rough-legged Buzzard/Hawk has been mooted in the past. Black-crowned Night Heron, although provable provenance could be tricky. And did I see somewhere that Fulmars in the Pacific differ from those in the Atlantic,or did I imagine that?
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Old Monday 27th November 2017, 21:43   #3
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The Pacific Fulmars are indeed rather different with a tail band being probably the most obvious difference (at least on the paler birds).
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Old Monday 27th November 2017, 23:14   #4
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Mew Gull among the Common Gulls is one to look for. And some more records of Cabot's Tern - any overwintering 'Sandwich Tern' could well repay close scrutiny.
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Old Tuesday 28th November 2017, 08:52   #5
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I've often wondered why all of the eastern black redstarts that turn up appear to be adult male types...

Those leggy, beaky eastern redshanks probably make it over here too.
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Old Tuesday 28th November 2017, 20:56   #6
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Taiga Merlin must reach Europe more often than its few records suggest.
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Old Tuesday 28th November 2017, 21:08   #7
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'Red Crossbill' from the Nearctic, 'Korean (Far Eastern) Oystercatcher' osculans from the Eastern Palearctic perhaps; both good species.

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Old Tuesday 28th November 2017, 22:14   #8
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A few other possibilities some of which have already put in an appearance but could potentially be overlooked easily, and some real outside bets (but you never know - especially if no-one is really looking for them) ... Snowy Egret, young Bald Eagle, Barrow's Goldeneye - especially in eclipse/juv, American Red Necked Grebe, southern hemisphere Gannets, Double Crested Cormorant, American Crow(?), Steppe Buzzard, Lesser Kestrel, Syrian Woodpecker, American Barn Swallow(?), Far Eastern Curlew (?). (Not including potential far eastern Buntings, random far eastern leaf warblers, waders & gulls that are already usually checked quite thoroughly anyway).
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Pallas’s Reed Bunting?
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American Woodcock - they have turned up in a few French shooters bags so can, and almost certainly do, make it to UK (and Ireland).
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1st year Tree Swallows could be overlooked as Sand Martins.

African Reed Warbler is said to be the breeding reed-warbler of Iberia and Morocco, they could easily overshoot and turn up in the UK (I'd think African and Eurasian Reed Warbler should be lumped)

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