This blog is about my birding exploits, which mainly take place in the Weymouth/Portland area, in Dorset. Will also include stuff from elsewhere, plus some other critters too. Hope you enjoy. All photographs are © Brett Spencer, unless indicated otherwise. The above image is of a Siberian Rubythroat, taken in Holland in 2016.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

An Anniversary

On this day 17 years ago, this beasty was found at Osmington Mills. © Graham Armstrong.

Despite the arrival of a Pallas's Warbler the previous day on Portland, whilst on that very day, 17 years ago, Radde's Warblers turning up in Cornwall and Scillies and Red-flanked Bluetail turning up in the Midlands and Rufous Turtle Dove and White's Thrush turning up in France, it can't be wild.

As you can see from the picture above, the sky above the Siberian Rubythroat, shows that this bird is perched on top of the bush. They just don't do that. What do you mean, what sky? Can't you see it?

Another damning case for this bird not being wild, is that it was not on Shetland or the East coast. Birds like this just don't do that, there are boundaries, you know!

Also, if you're totally delusional, you can go to any car park in Weymouth and pick up a selection of grotty Sibe vagrants and then set them free on the nearby coast. Apparently, the same thing happens at Cley with yank vagrants. I mean, come on guys and girls, yank vagrants on the East coast, get real.

So, I've taken the huge step to only count species on my list that are realistic candidates in my area. For an example, if I lived on Malta, or in Lebanon, my list would be 0. So, off come the plastics, the boat hoppers and the back of van grotty Sibes. Pallas's Warbler on Portland? Pleeease, get real.

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