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Filthy twitchers - which birds do you regret NOT going for? (1 Viewer)

wolfbirder

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I must admit, looking back, I could quite easily have connected with at least a fifteen more species than I have in Britain, often it was just down to being broke, hesitation, or just the fact that migrants tend to come at the same time and you have to take your pick at the time. Some are one-day birds. Or being unable to get time off work. Clearly, only the biggest twitchers go for everything! Seen several of the birds below routinely abroad, which is another hesitation factor for me.

Here's the ones I now regret.............

White's Thrush - Lindisfarne - I was at work when news broke, and couldn't get out or muster the enthusiasm to travel 250 miles for a bird I thought might not still be there? Doh....................

Black Lark - I broke down on the way to the Anglesey bird, and didn't go for the Norfolk bird. Big mistake! Though it wasn't easy to connect with (the Norfolk bird).

Bobolink - umm'd and arr'd about going to see the welsh bird when news broke late afternoon. I delayed and delayed, and it wasn't there the next day. Seen a dozen in Canada.

Tawny Pipit - still need this blighter yet I ignored several easy ones over the years and now they are getting very hard to pin down. Seen loads abroad.

Pechora Pipit - no excuse here, must have been broke, the one in Wales/Gloucs area I think, was readily available and I should have gone!

Trumpeter Finch - in Norfolk. No excuses, just hadn't got the funds. Seen plenty abroad.

Alpine Accentor - I think this was another Norfolk / Suffolk bird I failed to go for. Don't know why, probably unable to get time off. Found 3 abroad on Menorca.

Brunnich's Guillemot - think this was a Xmas time bird in Portland. Maybe I was too hungover, but I really should have gone.

Semipalmated Plover - Couldn't muster the enthusiasm to go for the Hants bird that looked very much like a Ringed Plover.

Upland Sandpiper - dipped the Scilly bird twice but should have gone for the Somerset bird.

American White-winged Scoter - again, couldn't muster the enthusiasm to drive that far to Scotland. Poor form!!

Short-toed Treecreeper - been a few coastal birds, I've never managed to get down south for these. Enthusiasm perhaps lacking to see a fractionally shorter claw. Seen a few abroad.

Black-Eared Wheatear - There was a nice adult in Hampshire I think, but I couldn't get away due to a family do. Grrrr.....tho seen plenty abroad.

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler - I was broke when the East Yorks bird was here a few years back. Frustratingly! Really should have made the effort, but seen quite a few abroad.

Sykes Warbler - similar to the above, no excuse for not going to East Yorks for this. Not sure why I didn't. Probably time off work issues, or broke or hungover.

Greater Sand Plover - one evening Yorkshire bird coincided with World Cup:)-

Glaucous-Winged Gull - went to Cornwall instead to get better offerings like Gyrfalcon & WB Diver.

Slaty-backed Gull - couldn’t muster the enthusiasm to stand by a rubbish tip looking for a seagull. My bad :)-

These are the obvious ones that cross my mind, additionally I was also out of the Country for Lesser Kestrel and Citril Finch annoyingly.

There's probably quite a few more, but my list clearly should be quite a bit bigger if I'd been consistent in being a filthy twitcher :)-
 
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Nutcracker

Stop Brexit!
Here's the ones I now regret.............

White's Thrush - Lindisfarne - I was at work when news broke, and couldn't get out or muster the enthusiasm to travel 250 miles for a bird I thought might not still be there? Doh....................
If it's any consolation - you couldn't have got it. The causeway would have closed well before you could have got there, it was dark by the time it re-opened, and the bird was gone by the next day.


It's one I was lucky enough to get, but even coming from far closer, I only had a little over half an hour watching it before having to come off before the causeway closed (and that was for the estimated actual closing time, not the published one 40 minutes earlier) 8-P
 

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Farnboro John

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Looking down your list I got all of those (not always your individual) and having got the Glaucous-winged Gull, I took Maz to see the Cornwall stuff the following weekend and had one of the best days ever with Gyrfalcon, Dusky Warbler, White-billed Diver, Spotted Sandpiper, alleged halimodendri Lesserthroat and on the way home by 1300!

Things I should have gone for:

Shetland Tengmalm's Owl......

Things I should have gone a day earlier for:

Ireland Canada Warbler!

John
 

Adey Baker

Member
Wallcreeper! I was on night shift so working until 6:00am Saturday morning. My mates were well on their way by then.

I thought about going myself but wasn't entirely clear on directions/access, etc., so thought I'd wait for it to return the next year or just go for the next twitchable one....still waiting!
 

Andy Adcock

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England
Dusky Thrush in Derbyshire, just couldn't be arsed but will never have better chance in the UK at 37.9 miles from home.

My missus had to get me off my arse to go and see Parrot Crossbills in Notts, my home County and that was a World tick so it just shows how apathetic I've become in regard to twitching.

The only thing I miss about twitching is the socialising and the banter.
 
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Mike C

Emeritus President at Burnage Rugby Club
I have a few excuses handy.
Periods of being a little phased.
Being a loyal employee, reluctant to "throw a sicky" but also
Periods of being in sh1tty jobs.

But what have I missed, you ask:-
Well, lots through apathy (White-throated Robin; Western Orphean Warbler) but the stand out is:-
Ancient Murrelet May 1990, I'd been birding my local patch and worked on a brilliant "estate" with mixed woodland" for a few years and new birdy friends encouraged me to start a list. This lead to me being taken as a seat filler (and spare driver) to see Red-breasted Nuthatch in November '89.
I enjoyed the experience and dipped a toe into local twitching.
However, when the real biggy broke my twitchy mates went to Lundy without me......

I suspect that was my only chance

American White-winged Scoter - maybe this winter.......
 

temmie

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Belgium:
Kuhl's shearwater (I predicted where it would be at a time of day I could have left work... But I didn't go).
Wallcreeper (I inexplicably didn't go to a long-wintering bird some years ago)
Calandra Lark (I was actually around but at a bachelor weekend and didn't dare to run away)

Netherlands:
Siberian Accentor (I would have had to run away out of a meeting and didn't dare to do it)
Eastern Crowned Warbler (same as accentor)

None of the above are lifers though.

World:
I didn't think about visiting Gurney's Pitta in Thailand or Stresemann's Bristlefront in Brazil before it got too late... Both are not exctinct but much much harder to see (or pratically impossible). More birds will be on this world list soon, I fear.
 

WACCOE

Marching on Together
Alpine Accentor Rimac
White-tailed Plover/Seaforth Caerlaverock
River Warbler Norfolk
Taiga Flycatcher Flamborough
 

Jon Turner

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Yellow-throated Vireo at Kenidjack. Went a day too late. Could have gone on Thursday….
Purple Swamphen, Minsmere. Same problem. Could have gone the day before.
Hermit Thrush Porthgwarra. Just had a hip replacement...

In my rules I only travel for a rarity in the South West, and by no means all of them, but was in Hampshire when the Purple Chicken was...
 

Farnboro John

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I came up with some more:

Should have gone:

Mourning Dove
Long-tailed Shrike
Red-throated Thrush
Eastern Yellow Wagtail - could've, but couldn't raise the enthusiasm....
American Redstart

Went a day late:

Steller's Eider
Caspian Plover
Amur Falcon (twice!)
Lesser Short-toed Lark
Taiga Flycatcher

These obviously aren't the only birds I've dipped, but for a variety of reasons these are the ones that rankle. Perhaps the Red-throated Thrush hurts worst: trying to dissect memories I just can't work out why on earth I didn't go!

John
 

Farnboro John

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Glad others have similar thoughts and I suppose the reality is twitching isn’t cheap or easy.

Sometimes it is both, sometimes one or the other, sometimes you are exactly right!

It's when you are right and the prospect looks expensive (in relation to your resources) or difficult (multi-stage travel, island-hopping etc) that you start making the hard decisions about whether to go or not: and how to do it if the decision is "go".

I spent more on getting Purple Martin than any other bird to date - but I hadn't had a tick for sixteen months and I just threw the money at it, flying from Inverness when normally I'd have gone for a cheaper boat. I got it by about twenty minutes. The boaters dipped, and I didn't feel like gloating - normally that would have been me.

John
 

KenM

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Sometimes it is both, sometimes one or the other, sometimes you are exactly right!

It's when you are right and the prospect looks expensive (in relation to your resources) or difficult (multi-stage travel, island-hopping etc) that you start making the hard decisions about whether to go or not: and how to do it if the decision is "go".

I spent more on getting Purple Martin than any other bird to date - but I hadn't had a tick for sixteen months and I just threw the money at it, flying from Inverness when normally I'd have gone for a cheaper boat. I got it by about twenty minutes. The boaters dipped, and I didn't feel like gloating - normally that would have been me.

John

I also spent more on getting Purple Martin!
Took stunning shots at my leisure before stopping for a coffee...and then went back for “afters”......well it was Oregon. ;)
 

wheatearlp

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England
Not many I regret as I've never been a committed twitcher & I would never twitch an island (self-imposed rule), but...

Should have gone:

Alpine Accentor - Minsmere. Declined an offer of a lift
Harlequin - Aberdeen. Decided it was too far


Day late:

Red-breasted Nuthatch. Couldn"t convince myself to do Norfolk in a day & bit skint at the time. Went for weekend in Norfolk in early May, at Holkham the day after it was last seen
Belted Kingfisher - Shugborough. Could have gone on the Friday evening. Didn't.
Great Knot - Norfolk. Went day after it was last seen...

Probably a couple more that aren't coming to mind at the moment
 

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