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August-November England and Wales (1 Viewer)


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So from August 17th to mid November I will be present in the UK and appreciate any advice on my current missing birds. I understand some are probably gone or nearly gone (i.e. summer breeders cf. pied flycatcher and quail) around the time I visit. I seem to mostly be missing winter birds and specialty summer breeders.

My base will vary, but will include New Forest area and south coast (spent many painful years trying to find hbuzzard firecrest and lesser spot there, ugh) and nearby. In Wales I will be around the Ceredigion/Cardigan Bay area.

Well without further ado here is my "bogey" list, in no specific order. Even though I've been birding in UK on and off for over a decade I'm missing a hell of a lot due to trouble finding information on them--who knows, maybe someone knows what a Garganey is these days ;)

Little Ringed Plover
Curlew Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Jack Snipe
Spotted Redshank
Little Stint
Yellow-legged Gull
Black Guillemot
Little Gull
Long-tailed Duck
Common Scoter (and Velvet but it seems rare)
European Golden-plover

Passerines/land birds
Water Pipit
Ring Ouzel
Tree Sparrow
Lapland Bunting
Yellow Wagtail
Owls! Literally any owl at all, I've seen none. Barn, short-eared, long-eared, tawny, etc.

And these I add just for the sake of adding...I'm not counting on them but if there are great areas I'd like to know.
The "unlikely" list--I literally don't expect to ever see these without exceptional circumstances. Most of these I don't expect to see in my lifetime at all...
Water Rail (and Spotted Crake but it seems unlikely)
Roseate Tern || Corncrake
Quail || Marsh Warbler|| Grasshopper Warbler
Honey Buzzard || Wood Warbler || Lesser-spotted Woodpecker
Black Redstart || Stone Curlew || Nightingale
Willow Tit || Pied Flycatcher || Firecrest || Dotterel

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