Rarities in Britain…

Here’s a selection of images of some of the scarce and rare birds that I’ve seen away from Cumbria since I began digiscoping in 2003….

2003

Red-spotted Bluethroat - Skaw, Unst, Shetland, 27th May 2003

Red-spotted Bluethroat – Skaw, Unst, Shetland, 27th May 2003

Black Lark - South Stack, Anglesey, 6th June 2003

Black Lark – South Stack, Anglesey, 6th June 2003

Olive-backed Pipit - Great Yarmouth Cemetery, 19th October 2003

Olive-backed Pipit – Great Yarmouth Cemetery, 19th October 2003

2004

American Robin - Grimsby, Lincolnshire, 3rd January 2004

American Robin – Grimsby, Lincolnshire, 3rd January 2004

Alpine Swift - Scalby Mills, Scarborough, 27th March 2004

Alpine Swift – Scalby Mills, Scarborough, 27th March 2004

Lesser Sand Plover (mongolus) - Aberlady Bay, Lothian, 8th July 2004

Lesser Sand Plover (mongolus) – Aberlady Bay, Lothian, 8th July 2004

Squacco Heron - East Chevington, Northumberland, 5th October 2004

Squacco Heron – East Chevington, Northumberland, 5th October 2004

Cream-coloured Courser - St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, October 2004

Cream-coloured Courser – St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, October 2004

Cream-coloured Courser - St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, October 2004

Cream-coloured Courser – St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, October 2004

Cream-coloured Courser - St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, October 2004

Cream-coloured Courser – St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, October 2004

Pied Wheatear - Newbiggin, Northumberland, 23rd October 2004

Pied Wheatear – Newbiggin, Northumberland, 23rd October 2004

Masked Shrike - Kilrenny, Fife, 31st October 2004

Masked Shrike – Kilrenny, Fife, 31st October 2004

Sora - Attenborough, Nottinghamshire, 29th December 2012

Sora – Attenborough, Nottinghamshire, 29th December 2004

2005

Belted Kingfisher - Peterculter, Aberdeenshire, 6th April 2005

Belted Kingfisher – Peterculter, Aberdeenshire, 6th April 2005

Belted Kingfisher - Peterculter, Aberdeenshire, 6th April 2005

Belted Kingfisher – Peterculter, Aberdeenshire, 6th April 2005

Sooty Tern - Cemlyn Bay, Anglesey, 20th July 2005

Sooty Tern – Cemlyn Bay, Anglesey, 20th July 2005

Lesser Grey Shrike - Spurn, East Yorkshire, 1st October 2005

Lesser Grey Shrike – Spurn, East Yorkshire, 1st October 2005

Lesser Grey Shrike - Spurn, East Yorkshire, 1st October 2005

Lesser Grey Shrike – Spurn, East Yorkshire, 1st October 2005

Little Crake - Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, 2nd October 2005

Little Crake – Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, 2nd October 2005

Long-billed Dowitcher - Drift Reservoir, Cornwall, 4th October 2005

Long-billed Dowitcher – Drift Reservoir, Cornwall, 4th October 2005

2006

Laughing Gull - Ardrossan, Ayrshire, 6th March 2006

Laughing Gull – Ardrossan, Ayrshire, 6th March 2006

Blue-winged Teal - St. Mary's Island, Northumberland, 17th April 2006

Blue-winged Teal – St. Mary’s Island, Northumberland, 17th April 2006

Wryneck - Torness, Lothian, 20th August 2006

Wryneck – Torness, Lothian, 20th August 2006

Spotted Sandpiper - Hayle Estuary, Cornwall, 8th October 2006

Spotted Sandpiper – Hayle Estuary, Cornwall, 8th October 2006

Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Huntspill, Somerset, 10th October 2006

Buff-breasted Sandpiper – Huntspill, Somerset, 10th October 2006

Barrow's Goldeneye - Callander, Forth, 22nd November 2006

Barrow’s Goldeneye – Callander, Forth, 22nd November 2006

2007

American Robin - Bingley, West Yorkshire, 25th January 2007

American Robin – Bingley, West Yorkshire, 25th January 2007

Snowy Owl - Borve, Isle of Lewis, 24th March 2007

Snowy Owl – Borve, Isle of Lewis, 24th March 2007

White-tailed Plover - Caerlaverock, Dumfries & Galloway, 6th June 2007

White-tailed Plover – Caerlaverock, Dumfries & Galloway, 6th June 2007

Little Bittern - Titchwell, Norfolk, 27th June 2007

Little Bittern – Titchwell, Norfolk, 27th June 2007

Wilson's Phalarope - Bishop Middleham, Co. Durham, 16th August 2007

Wilson’s Phalarope – Bishop Middleham, Co. Durham, 16th August 2007

Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Seaton Carew, Cleveland, 24th September 2007

Buff-breasted Sandpiper – Seaton Carew, Cleveland, 24th September 2007

Grey Phalarope - Cresswell Pond, Northumberland, 30th September 2007

Grey Phalarope – Cresswell Pond, Northumberland, 30th September 2007

Buff-bellied Pipit - Farmoor Reservoir, Oxfordshire, 9th October 2007

Buff-bellied Pipit – Farmoor Reservoir, Oxfordshire, 9th October 2007

Rustic Bunting - St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, 14th October 2007

Rustic Bunting – St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, 14th October 2007

Woodchat Shrike - St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, 14th October 2007

Woodchat Shrike – St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, 14th October 2007

2008

White-crowned Sparrow - Cley, Norfolk, 20th January 2008

White-crowned Sparrow – Cley, Norfolk, 20th January 2008

Ross's Gull - Lytham St. Anne's, Lancashire, 7th May 2008

Ross’s Gull – Lytham St. Anne’s, Lancashire, 7th May 2008

Lesser Grey Shrike - High Newton, Northumberland, 4th June 2008

Lesser Grey Shrike – High Newton, Northumberland, 4th June 2008

Red-footed Falcon - East Calder, Lothian, 4th June 2008

Red-footed Falcon – East Calder, Lothian, 4th June 2008

Subalpine Warbler - South Shields, Co. Durham, 7th September 2008

Subalpine Warbler – South Shields, Co. Durham, 7th September 2008

Red-eyed Vireo - Trevescan, Cornwall, 15th October 2008

Red-eyed Vireo – Trevescan, Cornwall, 15th October 2008

Grey-cheeked Thrush - St. Agnes, Isles of Scilly, 18th October 2008

Grey-cheeked Thrush – St. Agnes, Isles of Scilly, 18th October 2008

Sociable Plover - St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, 19th October 2008

Sociable Plover – St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, 19th October 2008

2009

Glaucous-winged Gull - Dorman's Pool, Cleveland, 7th January 2009

Glaucous-winged Gull – Dorman’s Pool, Cleveland, 7th January 2009

Glaucous-winged Gull - Dorman's Pool, Cleveland, 7th January 2009

Glaucous-winged Gull – Dorman’s Pool, Cleveland, 7th January 2009

Collared Flycatcher - Denburn Wood, Crail, Fife, 17th May 2009

Collared Flycatcher – Denburn Wood, Crail, Fife, 17th May 2009

Semipalmated Sandpiper - Cresswell Beach, Northumberland, 21st August 2009

Semipalmated Sandpiper – Cresswell Beach, Northumberland, 21st August 2009

Brown Shrike - Staines Moor, Surrey, 17th October 2009

Brown Shrike – Staines Moor, Surrey, 17th October 2009

Eastern Crowned Warbler - South Shields, Co. Durham, 23rd October 2009

Eastern Crowned Warbler – South Shields, Co. Durham, 23rd October 2009

2010

Black-throated Thrush - Newholm, North Yorkshire, 24th January 2010

Black-throated Thrush – Newholm, North Yorkshire, 24th January 2010

Oriental Pratincole - Frampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, 19th May 2010

Oriental Pratincole – Frampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, 19th May 2010

Oriental Pratincole - Frampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, 19th May 2010

Oriental Pratincole – Frampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, 19th May 2010

Oriental Pratincole - Frampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, 19th May 2010

Oriental Pratincole – Frampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, 19th May 2010

Great Reed Warbler - Ilkeston, Derbyshire, 19th May 2010

Great Reed Warbler – Ilkeston, Derbyshire, 19th May 2010

Red-flanked Bluetail - St. Mary's Island, Northumberland, 10th October 2010

Red-flanked Bluetail – St. Mary’s Island, Northumberland, 10th October 2010

Dusky Warbler - Tynemouth, Northumberland, 10th October 2010

Dusky Warbler – Tynemouth, Northumberland, 10th October 2010

2011

Coues's Arctic Redpoll - Rainton Meadows, Co. Durham, 13th January 2011

Coues’s Arctic Redpoll – Rainton Meadows, Co. Durham, 13th January 2011

Oriental Turtle Dove - Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, 19th March 2011

Oriental Turtle Dove – Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, 19th March 2011

White-throated Robin - Hartlepool Headland, Cleveland, 6th June 2011

White-throated Robin – Hartlepool Headland, Cleveland, 6th June 2011

Red-backed Shrike - Seaton Carew, Cleveland, 6th June 2011

Red-backed Shrike – Seaton Carew, Cleveland, 6th June 2011

King Eider - Ythan Estuary, Aberdeenshire, 16th June 2011

King Eider – Ythan Estuary, Aberdeenshire, 16th June 2011

Pallid Harrier - Near Irvine, Ayrshire, 30th October 2011

Pallid Harrier – Near Irvine, Ayrshire, 30th October 2011

Greater Yellowlegs - Hauxley, Northumberland, 13th November 2011

Greater Yellowlegs – Hauxley, Northumberland, 13th November 2011

Eastern Black Redstart - Holy Island, Northumberland, 20th November 2011

Eastern Black Redstart – Holy Island, Northumberland, 20th November 2011

Desert Wheatear - Newbiggin, Northumberland, 31st December 2011

Desert Wheatear – Newbiggin, Northumberland, 31st December 2011

 2012

Common Yellowthroat - Rhiwderin, Gwent, 25th February 2012

Common Yellowthroat – Rhiwderin, Gwent, 25th February 2012

Arctic Warbler - Holy Island, Northumberland, 27th September 2012

Arctic Warbler – Holy Island, Northumberland, 27th September 2012

Wryneck - Holy Island, Northumberland, 27th September 2012

Wryneck – Holy Island, Northumberland, 27th September 2012

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler - Kilminning, Fife, 21st October 2012

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler – Kilminning, Fife, 21st October 2012

Radde's Warbler - Kilminning, Fife, 21st October 2012

Radde’s Warbler – Kilminning, Fife, 21st October 2012

Red-breasted Flycatcher - Kilminning, Fife, 21st October 2012

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Kilminning, Fife, 21st October 2012

2013

Blue-winged Teal - Threave, Dumfries & Galloway, 21st March 2013

Blue-winged Teal – Threave, Dumfries & Galloway, 21st March 2013

Harlequin Duck - Balranald, North Uist, 3rd April 2013

Harlequin Duck – Balranald, North Uist, 3rd April 2013

Little Bunting - Houghton-le-Spring, Co. Durham, 15th April 2013

Little Bunting – Houghton-le-Spring, Co. Durham, 15th April 2013

Baikal Teal - Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire, 15th April 2013

Baikal Teal – Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire, 15th April 2013

Sardinian Warbler - St. Abbs Head, Borders, 5th October 2013

Sardinian Warbler – St. Abbs Head, Borders, 5th October 2013

Eastern Subalpine Warbler - Druridge, Northumberland, 5th October 2013

Eastern Subalpine Warbler – Druridge, Northumberland, 5th October 2013

Western Bonelli's Warbler - Hartlepool Headland, Cleveland, 20th October 2013

Western Bonelli’s Warbler – Hartlepool Headland, Cleveland, 20th October 2013

Pallid Swift - Hartlepool Headland, Cleveland, 20th October 2013

Pallid Swift – Hartlepool Headland, Cleveland, 20th October 2013

2014

Parrot Crossbill - Budby Common, Nottinghamshire, 2nd January 2014

Parrot Crossbill – Budby Common, Nottinghamshire, 2nd January 2014

Two-barred Crossbill - Broomhead Reservoir, South Yorkshire, 2nd January 2014

Two-barred Crossbill – Broomhead Reservoir, South Yorkshire, 2nd January 2014

Two-barred Crossbill - Broomhead Reservoir, South Yorkshire, 2nd January 2014

Two-barred Crossbill – Broomhead Reservoir, South Yorkshire, 2nd January 2014

American Coot - Loch Flemington, Highland, 19th January 2014

American Coot – Loch Flemington, Highland, 19th January 2014

 

 

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