Maybe followed by Azure Tit, although I think that barely gets into Europe.
Yes, one of the best birds in Europe – especially when they display.Ruff in complete breeding plumage would be interesting.
Yeah...probably should have clarified non-totalitarian-warzone Europe.Azure Tit gets a long way into Europe, but sadly not the currently accessible parts (widespread in European Russia, Belarus, Ukraine).
Well in to Europe, I've seen it in Belarus.Vagrant-wise, I am still smarting from dipping on last spring's Garganey that showed up here in Wisconsin, so that would be high on the wishlist just for that reason. Or Common Crane, another euro rarity I have dipped on in the past.
As far as actual bird in Europe, it would have to be Wallcreeper. Maybe followed by Azure Tit, although I think that barely gets into Europe.
Whether you want to is another question, but Belarus is still fully accessible - land border from Lithuania is open and there are no restrictions on entry, can go by car without issue. Indeed, Belarus has even introduced visa-free entry for some nationalities, eg British if flying in (but no direct flights from the EU) and Lithuanians by any entry meansAzure Tit gets a long way into Europe, but sadly not the currently accessible parts (widespread in European Russia, Belarus, Ukraine).
And the reward for visiting...Whether you want to is another question, but Belarus is still fully accessible...
I thought I was going to get some mentions of the bearded reedling, European golden oriole, roller, demoiselle crane etc… to me those are some of the most fantastic we have. Also no mentions of any of our sylvids… 😟Yeah Azure Tit is present in a large part of Europe, just not a very attractive one at the moment. They are actually also in Ukraine, so after Ukraine wins, they should be available again
Ruffs can be seen in a majestic manner in Poland during spring migration, because they display and fight during the migration. If you catch the correct time, it's really spectacular, you can paddle down the Biebrza river and large flocks of Ruff will do all sorts of fun stuff a few meters from you.
For you KC.👍No question. A Long-tailed Tit.
Already seen European Bee-eater as a wintering bird in South Africa. Also while European Bee-eater is cool, there are lots of other bee-eaters, some of which I think people might find cooler looking.Nobody for Great Bustard, Lammergeier or European Bee-eater?