Rare and Scarce Birds in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire & East Midlands 2016

Rare and Scarce Birds in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire & East Midlands 2016
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During 2016 there was an unprecedented arrival of rarities in Britain and Roy Harvey was fortunate in being able to capture many of them on video. Lincolnshire attracted some excellent birds throughout the year including the county's second-ever record of Alpine Accentor at Gibraltar Point. The same reserve also hosted 2 Caspian Terns in June, and a Red-flanked Bluetail in the autumn. In August the arrival of a Western Purple Swamphen at Alkborough Flats created a huge amount of interest and in the same month a very showy Squacco Heron finally revealed itself at Barton Pits. Earlier in the summer a Great Reed Warbler was at nearby Waters' Edge. Frampton Marsh again won the award for the most wader species seen on an RSPB reserve in 2016, including Black-winged Stilt, 2 Broad-billed Sandpipers, White-rumped Sandpiper & Long-billed Dowitcher all of which captured on video. Another Red-flanked Bluetail was at Donna Nook, as were 2 Siberian Stonechats. Neighbouring Yorkshire did exceptionally well for rarities with the Siberian Accentor at Easington being the bird of the year for many people. Remarkably, it was sighted just a few yards from where an Olive-backed Pipit had been found a few days earlier. An Isabelline Wheatear and a Siberian Stonechat also turned up at Easington. The Kentish Plover arrived at Kilnsea just in time for the Spurn Migration Festival and a Brown Shrike was the first to be recorded in the Spurn area. At RSPB Bempton Cliffs an Eastern Crowned Warbler was a cracking find, as was the elusive Paddyfield Warbler at Flamborough. The Hume's Warbler and the Hoopoe at the same location were particularly obliging. Filey attracted a Surf Scoter and later in the year, a very photogenic White-rumped Sandpiper. Further west, a Spotted Crake at North Cave Wetlands attracted a steady stream of admirers. Inland, Hatfield Moors hosted some nice waders including Baird's Sandpiper and Buff-breasted Sandpiper. As usual, some cracking birds from outside the featured region were also captured on video. The Great Knot at RSPB Titchwell Marsh was extremely popular, and both Isabelline Wheatear and Desert Wheatear arrived at Burnham Overy dunes. A little further to the south the Western Purple Swamphen was filmed at RSPB Minsmere - the site where it was first located. The north-east of England also featured very strongly with Eastern Black Redstart at Skinningrove, Isabelline Shrike at South Shields and a Pied Wheatear at Redcar. Even further to the north was the Brunnich's Guillemot in Anstruther harbour. In the south of the country a Least Sandpiper at Seaton Wetlands showed superbly and we also connected with the long-staying Hudsonian Whimbrel & Dalmation Pelican in Cornwall. Good birds turned up away from the coast, not least of all the lovely adult male Kentish Plover at Audenshore Reservoirs in June. A Sabine's Gull at Carr Vale in Derbyshire was an unexpected arrival, but the Dusky Thrush at Beeley was even more surprising! Once again the DVD includes a summary of the best of the October birds on the Scillies, including the first record of Caspian Tern for the islands. To be on the safe side we finished off 2016 with the Blue Rock Thrush in Gloucestershire, but realise that the discussions regarding its origin might go on for some time. All of the above birds, and more, are included in the two-disc DVD set which has a total running time of 218 minutes. The usual narration provides information for each sighting.

Complete list of birds featured:

Disc 1

1. Red-necked Grebe, Cleethorpes, Lincs. – Jan

2. Surf Scoter, Filey, Nth. Yorks.– Jan

3. Richard's Pipits, Flamborough, E. Yorks. Lincs. – Jan

4. Slavonian Grebes, Cleethorpes, Lincs. – Jan

5. Kumlien's Gull, Barmston, E. Yorks. – Jan

6. American Wigeon, Scalby Mills, N. Yorks. – Feb

7. Long-billed Dowitcher, Rutland Water, Leic's. – Feb

8. Shore Lark, Cleethorpes, Lincs. – March

9. Shore Larks, Hartlepool, Cleveland - March

10. Hoopoe, Burgh le Marsh, Lincs. – April

11. Glaucous Gull, New Holland, Lincs. – May

12. Black-winged Stilt, RSPB Frampton Marsh, Lincs. – May

13. Hoopoe, Flamborough, East Yorks. – May

14. Garganey, Barton, Lincs. – May

15. Kentish Plover, Manchester, Lancs. – May

16. Alpine Accentor, Gibraltar Point, Lincs. – May

17. Broad-billed Sandpiper, RSPB Frampton Marsh, Lincs. – May

18. Great Reed Warbler, Paxton Pits, Cambs. – May

19. Great White Egret, Alkborough, Lincs. – May

20. Great Reed Warbler, Barton, Lincs. – June

21. Caspian Tern, Skegness, Lincs.– June

22. Great Knot, RSPB Titchwell Marsh, Lincs. – June

23. Sabine's Gull, Carr Vale, Derbyshire – July

24. Glossy Ibis, Potteric Carr, S. Yorks. – July

25. Broad-billed Sandpiper, RSPB Frampton Marsh, Lincs. – July

26. Pectoral Sandpiper, RSPB Frampton Marsh, Lincs. – July

27. White-rumped Sandpiper, RSPB Frampton Marsh, Lincs. – July

28. Western Purple Swamphen, RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk – Aug

29. Least Sandpiper, Seaton Wetlands, Devon – Aug

30. Hudsonian Whimbrel, Perranuthnoe, Cornwall – Aug

31. Dalmation Pelican, Devoran, Cornwall – Aug

32. Squacco Heron, Barton, Lincs. – Aug

33. Spotted Crake, North Cave Wetlands, E. Yorks. – Aug

34. Western Purple Swamphen, Alkborough, Lincs. – Aug

Disc 2

1. Wryneck, Kilnsea, East Yorks. – Aug

2. Red-backed Shrike, Kilnsea, East Yorks. – Aug

3. Baird's Sandpiper, Hatfield Moors, S. Yorks. – Aug

4. White-rumped Sandpiper, Filey, N. Yorks. – Aug

5. Kentish Plover, Kilnsea, East Yorks. – Sept

6. Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Hatfield Moors, S. Yorks. – Sept

7. Brunnich's Guillemot, Anstruther, Fife, - Sept

8. Rose-coloured Starling, Roseden, Northumb. – Sept

9. Eastern Crowned Warbler, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, – Oct

10. Booted Warbler, Great Orme, Conwy – Oct

11. Lesser Yellowlegs, East Butterwick, Lincs. – Oct

12. Siberian Stonechat, Donna Nook, Lincs. – Oct

13. Red-breasted Flycatcher, Easington, East Yorks. – Oct

14. Olive-backed Pipit, Easington, East Yorks. – Oct

15. Ring Ouzel, Sammy's Point, East Yorks. – Oct

16. Red-flanked Bluetail, Donna Nook, Lincs. – Oct

17. Red-flanked Bluetail, Gibraltar Point, Lincs. – Oct

18. Paddyfield Warbler, Flamborough, E. Yorks. – Oct

19. Siberian Accentor, Easington, East Yorks. – Oct

20. Shore Lark, Kilnsea, East Yorks. – Oct

21. Bean Geese, Spurn, East Yorks. – Oct

22. Isabelline Wheatear, Easington, East Yorks. – Oct

23. Siberian Stonechat, Easington, East Yorks. – Oct

24. Long-billed Dowitcher, RSPB Frampton Marsh, Lincs. – Oct

25. Isabelline Wheatear, Burnham Overy, Norfolk – Oct

26. Desert Wheatear, Burnham Overy, Norfolk – Oct

27. Hume's Warbler, Flamborough, East Yorks. – Oct

28. Eastern Black Redstart, Skinningrove, Cleveland – Oct

29. Isabelline Shrike, South Shields, Co. Durham – Oct

30. Pied Wheatear, Redcar, Cleveland – Oct

31. Brown Shrike, Spurn, East Yorks. – Oct

32. Scilly Isles summary – Oct

33. American Wigeon, RSPB Leighton Moss, Lancs. – Nov

34. Great White Egret, RSPB Leighton Moss, Lancs. – Nov

35. Pallid Harrier, Welwick, East Yorks. – Nov

36. Cattle Egrets, Skidbrooke, Lincs. – Nov

37. Great Northern Diver, Scarborough, N. Yorks. – Dec

38. Dusky Thrush, Beeley, Derby's – Dec

39. Blue Rock Thrush, Stow in the Wolds, Gloucs. – Dec

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