Dec 122004
Sora Rail, Nottinghamshire - 12th Dec 2004

Sora – Porzana carolina – Clifton Pit, Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire. Birding is just an unpredictable experience. We had covered a local patch at Willington, Derbyshire, for not a lot – a few common species of wildfowl. We had then spent nearly 3 hours in a damp hide sitting and patiently waiting for a Bittern, at the Attenborough Reserve, […]

Oct 312004
Britain's 1st Masked Shrike - 31st October 2004

Masked Shrike – Lanius nubicus- Juvenile – 1st year Kilrenny Common, Kilrenny, Fife. Note the overall grey appearance of the bird. A small and slightly built shrike. Small thin bill less heavy than other shrike species I have seen. Also a long tail and a rump which is dark and same colour as back. Note the large,clean […]

Oct 052004
A Controversial Curlew at Minsmere - 5th Oct 2004

Eurasian Curlew – Possible 1st winter female Slender-billed Curlew – Numenius tenuirostris . 5th October 2010 – Minismere, Eastbridge area, Suffolk.   On 28th September 2004 Brian Small posted two photos on Surfbirds of an interesting looking Curlew species, found on the Minsmere Levels, Suffolk. On 29th  September 2 more photos were posted by Jeff Higgott and […]

Oct 022004
Cream-coloured Courser - Isles of Scilly - 2nd Oct 2004

  The first British record for 20 years. A bird of arid grasslands and deserts, breeding from the Canary Islands, eastwards across to North & East Africa into Iraq and then from southwest Asia towards Afganistan.   This bird was first discovered on St.Agnes on 28th September. It was on on St.Agnes for a short time before it […]

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