RAR­ITY PRE­DIC­TOR

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

Each month we make ‘left-field’ out­landish pre­dic­tions for the next big rar­ity to oc­cur in the UK. Here are our tips for July, plus a brief brag about how we have done in the past... There have only been four Great Knots ever in the UK, and one in Ire­land. This Ir­ish bird (Dublin in 2004) and the two most re­cent UK records (Nor­folk, 2014; Lan­cashire, 2004) all turned up in July. The other two were au­tumn birds. So, now is as good a time to check for a large, elon­gated Knot, with un­usual plumage (lack­ing the brick red that most Knots have at this time of year).

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