This is the section where we speculate about some pretty extreme rarities which could occur during the month. How about finding one of these three megas, this October?
It has been a long time since there was a proper Nutcracker year. But, the signs are good for this being an irruptive year; with big movements being recorded in Baltic states, such as Estonia, in late summer. Whether they reach the UK remains speculative, but that is what this section is for: speculation. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for these brown-and-white, speckled, corvid crackers!
The rarer of the two North American ‘Semipalmated’ waders, the Semipalmated Plover is easily overlooked owing to its similarity to the Ringed Plover (in size it is halfway between a Ringed and a Little Ringed Plover). Best distinction is the call, which is quite unlike either of the European species.
STEPPE GREY SHRIKE
An Asiatic species closely related to the Great Grey Shrike, it is similar in many ways, but overall paler, with a pale based bill and a differently shaped white patch on the upperwing.