Go out and take a look at the birds in your backyard or office. Don’t see anything exciting? Well that’s because you (we) take these birds for granted. Now take those birds and move them a few thousand miles in any directions, those dull, every day, boring birds, suddenly become the talk of the town, complete with hundreds of observers and often media reporting.
So a quick look through Birdingonthe.net yielded the following rare birds. These are mostly North American (where I am based) birds being seen elsewhere.
In Australia a LESSER YELLOWLEGS has bee spending some time on the East Coast. Can’t remember how many of those I saw this summer/fall alone.
In Ireland, WILSON’S SNIPE, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, RED-EYED VIREO, GRAY CHEECKED THRUSH have all been seen within the last 2 weeks.
In the UK, birds such as BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER have been seen, along with a SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER. Also PECTORAL SANDPIPERS as well.
In Scotland, AMERICAN PIPIT and HOARY REDPOLL (Greenland Race).
In Namibia (Southern Africa) AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER and FRANKLIN GULL have been seen.
Have a good week!