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Seeing "transatlantic vagrants" on their home turf (1 Viewer)

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Veteran of the Battle of Peppa Pig World (2022)
United Kingdom
Where would you go and when, anywhere in world, to see the maximum number of species that have turned up in UK /WP?
 

dantheman

Bah humbug
I'm going to bet on Florida in autumn as most of the North American wader list is on the British List along with ducks, gulls, herons, crakes and a decent number of migrant passerines.
Agreed - and keeping east for maximum diversity?

Wonder what the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th etc places would be for eg the UK and minimum number of days (widening it out beyond yanks). Presume somewhere in the Med/N Africa for second. Heading east to Asia for sibes etc a lot trickier?!
 

Owene

Well-known member
Wales
Where would you go and when, anywhere in world, to see the maximum number of species that have turned up in UK /WP?

Made me wonder about the flip of this. If you wanted to have seen the whole, non extinct, British list which would be the most difficult/ most remote birds you’d have to go see
 

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Veteran of the Battle of Peppa Pig World (2022)
United Kingdom
So what about further south into Central America. It looks to get quite narrow, but do some species winter in Texas and Mexico, and/or fly across the gulf?
 

lgonz1008

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United States
So what about further south into Central America. It looks to get quite narrow, but do some species winter in Texas and Mexico, and/or fly across the gulf?
Most birds that winter in Florida and Texas tend to also winter in Mexico, especially the Yucatan region. Some clear exceptions being migrants that haven't turned up in the UK because of different migratory routes or short-distant migrants like Whooping Crane or Pine Warbler.

If you want the most species you'd get in the Eastern Flyway, then Florida is the clear winner, but if you want more birds along the UK vagrants in their native grounds, then Texas or Yucatan would win no questions asked.
 

aeshna5

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Best places I've been for numbers of species of New World migrants were probably Boy Scouts Woods, Texas & Point Pelee, Ontario.
 

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