sylvia staffs said:Dont swear at me Tim!!!!
I was ready to Twitch the Cornish bird of 99 but again that was only a one day wonder!!
Yes, but I bet you it will be a Red-eyed Vireo, because that's about all we ever get down here in the SW these days! There may be the odd yellowthroat or something, but we certainly don't get the American passerines we used to in the 70s-80s. Funny how they've fallen off, but the waders haven't. I'd guess the latter are coming from the north rather than the west.sylvia staffs said:a passerine is now surely due!!!!
sylvia staffs said:i have been twitching since the early nineties and have a fair American passerine list with 6 species of American Warbler, R B Grosbeak, Nighthawk, Baltimore Oriole, 3 Species of Thrush, B B Pipit, Y B Cuckoo, 2 Sparrows, Bobolink and 7 Red Eyed Vireos!!!!!!
Did that lot make your mouth water!!!!
keep going and you will soon have some of them on your list!!!
Harry Hussey said:Hi 'Sylvia',
The last twitchable Rose-breasted Grosbeak here was back around the late 80's, the only record of Nighthawk to date was available for one evening only (I couldn't get a lift in time), I managed to see our only Baltimore Oriole (only about 20 birders saw this, including some from the UK), I have NEVER seen an American thrush (didn't get a lift for the Hermit and missed it by an hour or so, was on Cape when the last Swainson's was on the mainland), the last BB Pipit was in the 60's(!!), NOBODY here has YB Cuckoo (never been an available bird, even way back when we got loads of Yanks), managed White-crowned Sparrow two years ago, dipped Bobolink by 5 minutes or less (thanks for reminding me!) and have seen 2 REV's (incl.one self-found bird), also only 2 species of wood warbler (Yellowthroat and Blue-winged Warbler).
I COULD counter with having seen 26 species of true warbler out of 35 on the Irish list, but many birders will have seen more than this in the UK, where Irish megas such as Great Reed Warbler are annual, and there have been twitchable examples of species not yet on the Irish list (Spectacled, Marmora's, Eastern Bonelli's, Lancy etc etc), so what's the point.
Twitching, eh? A load of b***ocks, isn't it...?