Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Zeiss - Always on the lookout for something special – Shop now

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Least memorable new bird

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 11:53   #51
Nick-on
Registered User

 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: deepest darkest Herefordshire
Posts: 501
Quote:
Originally Posted by Runcorn Birder View Post
American Coot. Long distance twitch to just east of Inverness. Felt odd wanting to tick and run but not much reason to stick around really.
Same species different place. 580 mile twitch from near Aberdeen to Stodmarsh, never been so unimpressed (although not as unimpressed as the wife and our 12 week old baby son).

Nick
Nick-on is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 12:09   #52
KenM
Registered User
 
KenM's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: London
Posts: 10,310
With the occasional exception....anything with webbed feet and or long legs!

Apologies I strayed from topic...Pie-billed bloody Grebe! The most underwhelming thing I’ve ever seen, compounded by bad light, distance proximity and it’s preference for disappearing from view, in fact...I genuinely can’t remember where or when I saw it.

Last edited by KenM : Friday 12th October 2018 at 13:01.
KenM is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 13:22   #53
Armand
Registered User
 
Armand's Avatar

 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Somerset
Posts: 89
Quote:
Originally Posted by melodious View Post
The one going 'chiff' and 'chaff'?
yes, that one, the one most/every? big lister ticked just after grant's the 'new approach' and didnt even notice they weren't looking at an acro

just cos it wears a ring, doesn't make it so
Armand is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 13:25   #54
melodious
Registered User
 
melodious's Avatar

 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Hensōjutsu
Posts: 1,674
Quote:
Originally Posted by Armand View Post
yes, that one, the one most/every? big lister ticked just after grant's the 'new approach' and didnt even notice they weren't looking at an acro

just cos it wears a ring, doesn't make it so
Thankfully I wasn't involved but did read the write-up in Birding World. As I'm not immune to the odd howler it's definitely a case of laughing with!
melodious is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 13:29   #55
Hethersett birder
Registered User

 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Hethersett
Posts: 105
Pallid Swift must be up there - or any other species you wouldn't get away without photographic evidence - in helpful light conditions!
Hethersett birder is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 13:44   #56
JWN Andrewes
Poor Judge of Pasta.
 
JWN Andrewes's Avatar

 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Flintshire, UK
Posts: 4,083
Quote:
Originally Posted by melodious View Post
Thankfully I wasn't involved but did read the write-up in Birding World. As I'm not immune to the odd howler it's definitely a case of laughing with!
I saw that! In my defence I was a bit of a tyro at the time, and did write "looks phylloscopine" in my note book! Took me nearly twenty years to get a real one.
__________________
Last Lifer - (2318) Western Olivaceous Warbler.
Last UK - (455) Grey Catbird.
Last Garden - (93) Garden Warbler.
JWN Andrewes is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 13:58   #57
Sherpa
Common English name Paul Willoughby

 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Leeds/Spurn
Posts: 667
Quote:
Originally Posted by andyadcock View Post
Stop it now, it was me that ID'd the Snowy Egret.
hmm

https://britishbirds.co.uk/wp-conten...0_275_A003.pdf
__________________
All ticks are created equal, but some are more equal than others.
Sherpa is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 14:26   #58
Armand
Registered User
 
Armand's Avatar

 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Somerset
Posts: 89
Quote:
Originally Posted by melodious View Post
Thankfully I wasn't involved but did read the write-up in Birding World. As I'm not immune to the odd howler it's definitely a case of laughing with!
for sure, we all mess up and ive spoken to some very/extremely good birders about 'what the hell happened with that thing', as i didnt go either

bit of a horror show all round, is the gist i got from their tales, as tho it was a given, 'scruffy head' doesn't really cover anyone's blushes does it?
Armand is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 15:02   #59
Jane Turner
Registered User
 
Jane Turner's Avatar

 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Hoylake, Merseyside
Posts: 22,891
Quote:
Originally Posted by peedee View Post
After decades of anticipation, I was really disappointed by the Anglesey Black Lark, it was a bit like a shit starling to be honest.
Absolutely. Did you see the Ortolan on the same day!
__________________

Last Cheshire Pied Wheatear (313) last Red Rocks Subalpine Warbler (260), last Garden Bonaparte's Gull (209), last Self-found Citrine Wagtail (294)
Jane Turner is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Friday 12th October 2018, 15:35   #60
Paul Chapman
Registered User
 
Paul Chapman's Avatar

 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Clevedon
Posts: 8,621
Quote:
Originally Posted by andyadcock View Post
Stop it now, it was me that ID'd the Snowy Egret.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sherpa View Post
Paul - are you looking to cast doubt?

Andy - many thanks. I remember the photos doing the rounds on that Sunday evening from Nottinghamshire to Hertfordshire & then to me and as a picture gradually emerged on my computer from the top downwards getting as far as the lores and thinking I need a lift!

I had just got back from a 48 hour stag weekend in Reykjavik and I knew that I was in no fit state to do the driving myself. (The same person had a second stag weekend in Copenhagen in 2010 for a more successful marriage and my evening meal on the Saturday was interrupted by telephone calls suggesting the Blakeney Empidonax was a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. Queue a rearranged flight back earlier than intended and a second twitch with a hangover. Maybe he needs a third as it will be a year since my last tick on Sunday.)

On the original topic, I cannot recall my first Common Rosefinch.

All the best
__________________
Paul Chapman

I've decided to start a self-find list as self-help to reduce my level of self-harm.
Paul Chapman is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 15:38   #61
wolfbirder
Registered User

 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Wolves
Posts: 5,938
I agree with Andy regards most gulls, tho Ross’s, Ivory, and even Glaucous are cool birds.

I love little brown jobs - some of my most enjoyable twitches have resulted in views of BRW, Paddyfield Warbler, River Warbler, Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler.

Least exciting - Lesser Canada Goose Freiston Shore or juvenile Rose Coloured Starling in Haverfordwest.
__________________
Nick Moss.
Fav Birds - Hen/Pallid/Monty Harrier, Gyrfalcon, Great Grey Owl, Hobby, Golden Eagle, Merlin, SE Owl, Pom Skua, Hawfinch, Wryneck, Redstart, Shrikes, Roller, Bee-eater's, Nightjar, Smew, GN & BT Diver, Spotted Redshank, any Warblers (especially yank ones)!
wolfbirder is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 15:41   #62
melodious
Registered User
 
melodious's Avatar

 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Hensōjutsu
Posts: 1,674
Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling was one of my first notable finds (and a lifer) and it was very exciting, thank you very much!
melodious is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 15:46   #63
Armand
Registered User
 
Armand's Avatar

 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Somerset
Posts: 89
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jane Turner View Post
Absolutely. Did you see the Ortolan on the same day!
i wasnt disappointed with the lark and did see the ortolan, only one ive seen away from portland, was a good day
Armand is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 15:46   #64
Farnboro John
Registered User

 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Farnborough
Posts: 12,738
Quote:
Originally Posted by peedee View Post
After decades of anticipation, I was really disappointed by the Anglesey Black Lark, it was a bit like a shit starling to be honest.
My wife thought the same, you should have seen the glares she got when she announced that she preferred the shiny black birds with the red beaks to the small dull black one with the white beak!

John
Farnboro John is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 16:57   #65
wolfbirder
Registered User

 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Wolves
Posts: 5,938
Quote:
Originally Posted by melodious View Post
Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling was one of my first notable finds (and a lifer) and it was very exciting, thank you very much!
I think even a Yellow-legged Gull would have been fairly exciting if you found it yourself (:-
__________________
Nick Moss.
Fav Birds - Hen/Pallid/Monty Harrier, Gyrfalcon, Great Grey Owl, Hobby, Golden Eagle, Merlin, SE Owl, Pom Skua, Hawfinch, Wryneck, Redstart, Shrikes, Roller, Bee-eater's, Nightjar, Smew, GN & BT Diver, Spotted Redshank, any Warblers (especially yank ones)!
wolfbirder is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 17:01   #66
melodious
Registered User
 
melodious's Avatar

 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Hensōjutsu
Posts: 1,674
Self-found lifers are obviously something of a pinnacle experience though I readily admit that Rose-coloured Starling is not at the top end of the achievable scale.
melodious is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 17:17   #67
wolfbirder
Registered User

 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Wolves
Posts: 5,938
Quote:
Originally Posted by melodious View Post
Self-found lifers are obviously something of a pinnacle experience though I readily admit that Rose-coloured Starling is not at the top end of the achievable scale.
No absolutely fair play for finding one, best I've found is Thrush Nightingale or LSW.
__________________
Nick Moss.
Fav Birds - Hen/Pallid/Monty Harrier, Gyrfalcon, Great Grey Owl, Hobby, Golden Eagle, Merlin, SE Owl, Pom Skua, Hawfinch, Wryneck, Redstart, Shrikes, Roller, Bee-eater's, Nightjar, Smew, GN & BT Diver, Spotted Redshank, any Warblers (especially yank ones)!
wolfbirder is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 17:35   #68
Nutcracker
Northumbrian

 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: UK
Posts: 16,768
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hethersett birder View Post
Pallid Swift must be up there - or any other species you wouldn't get away without photographic evidence - in helpful light conditions!
Absolutely not! ALL swifts, whatever species, are top class birds! And any swift in November is just extra special
Nutcracker is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 17:44   #69
melodious
Registered User
 
melodious's Avatar

 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Hensōjutsu
Posts: 1,674
Quote:
Originally Posted by wolfbirder View Post
No absolutely fair play for finding one, best I've found is Thrush Nightingale or LSW.
My best is still stalled at The Ministry, 7 years and counting. However, I'm stoical about it as it summons up visions of the last scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
melodious is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 17:50   #70
Xenospiza
Undescribed
 
Xenospiza's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: In a drawer
Posts: 10,475
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hethersett birder View Post
Pallid Swift must be up there - or any other species you wouldn't get away without photographic evidence - in helpful light conditions!
Mine was pretty underwhelming as well. ID possible from pictures – that I could not (and cannot) take with my camera. Most swiftlets and Chaetura swifts were better!

Gulls are all fine... as long as they are not too distant. Saw my first Caspian in 1997 when it was still mythical.
<--- People also dislike Scytalopus tapaculos but that's most unfair.

Last edited by Xenospiza : Friday 12th October 2018 at 17:56.
Xenospiza is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 18:10   #71
Sherpa
Common English name Paul Willoughby

 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Leeds/Spurn
Posts: 667
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paul Chapman View Post
Paul - are you looking to cast doubt?
From the BB article ''Then the penny dropped! We were watching Britain’s first Snowy Egret E. thula, and the enormity of the find began to sink in''

Something doesn't add up, unless I'm missing the point. I acknowledge I am coming at this from a position of knowing nothing, and am just trying to make two contradictory statements tie in.
__________________
All ticks are created equal, but some are more equal than others.
Sherpa is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 18:20   #72
Jan-Paul Charteris
Sussex birder and budding moth enthusiast
 
Jan-Paul Charteris's Avatar

 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Worthing, West Sussex
Posts: 3,842
Either the Welney Canvasback or the Portland Iberian Chiffy for me
__________________
My photos (mainly insects and birds) at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jantheman_nature/

And for you Facebook birders, always good to get to know other birders https://www.facebook.com/jan.charteris?ref=tn_tnmn
Jan-Paul Charteris is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 18:25   #73
peterbrash
Registered User

 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Liverpool
Posts: 376
A few candidates.

Blue-cheeked bee eater and river warbler made me realise I didn’t like twitching as much as I thought I did.

Black-faced bunting. Suffering from depression at the time. There seemed a good chance it would be considered an escape. I ‘think’ I saw it but can’t remember whether I bothered.
__________________
‘You can’t call a chap the World’s greatest authority on the yellow-billed cuckoo without rousing a certain disposition towards chumminess in him’. P.G. Wodehouse.
peterbrash is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 18:31   #74
Paul Chapman
Registered User
 
Paul Chapman's Avatar

 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Clevedon
Posts: 8,621
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sherpa View Post
From the BB article ''Then the penny dropped! We were watching Britain’s first Snowy Egret E. thula, and the enormity of the find began to sink in''

Something doesn't add up, unless I'm missing the point. I acknowledge I am coming at this from a position of knowing nothing, and am just trying to make two contradictory statements tie in.
I suppose in that position without any personal knowledge, I'd look for additional sources of information:-

https://www.birdguides.com/articles/...ritish-record/

All the best
__________________
Paul Chapman

I've decided to start a self-find list as self-help to reduce my level of self-harm.
Paul Chapman is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 12th October 2018, 18:42   #75
Sherpa
Common English name Paul Willoughby

 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Leeds/Spurn
Posts: 667
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paul Chapman View Post
I suppose in that position without any personal knowledge, I'd look for additional sources of information:-

https://www.birdguides.com/articles/...ritish-record/

All the best
Thanks for that. There's a fair bit that the BB article left out. Apologies to Andy.
__________________
All ticks are created equal, but some are more equal than others.
Sherpa is offline  
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
Reply


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What is your most memorable bird experience before becoming a birder? MLoyko Birds & Birding 40 Sunday 22nd March 2009 20:13
A memorable day in Iceland Julian Bell Vacational Trip Reports 5 Wednesday 9th July 2008 23:42
Particularly Memorable Bird Sightings Drumming Sniper Birds & Birding 9 Monday 7th May 2007 14:19
Memorable Moments/When did you pduxon Birds & Birding 21 Saturday 16th August 2003 20:27
Least memorable bird! Ashley beolens Birds & Birding 6 Monday 26th May 2003 15:52

{googleads}

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.20891809 seconds with 37 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 07:08.