Every month, we make some outlandish guesses about what rare birds could turn up. Here are three birds which could feasibly once more turn up this autumn.
Every year we hope that this will be a year when Nutcracker once more has a bit of an irruption and arrives in the UK. The last accepted record in the UK was in September 1998. But, the good news is that most records in the last 50 years were either in September or October. That at least is something to give hope…
There have been 16 accepted UK records of this most nutchatch-like, little, pied warbler in the UK. Nearly all were in the south west and nearly all in September or October. The last was in September 2011 on St Mary’s, Scilly.
Only eight Scarlet Tanagers have been ‘officially’ recorded in the UK, all from the western side of the country, particularly Scilly, and all in October. Just don’t expect to find a red one, as they tend to be first-winters.