With my primary focus now swinging to self-found rarities instead of twitching I thought that it was time to get my list up-to-date. As I was doing the list I came to a rough total of 272 on the old, now defunct 250 Club, rules.
A bit of a web search revealed that the boys at Punkbirder have updated those rules and to my mind they seem pretty good. A quick look probably means knocking Taiga Bean Goose off as I’ve only ever seen them in known wintering areas. Under the old rules these would have counted. Thanks to a fly-over at Bempton Cliffs last year Honey Buzzard can stay so now I would reckon I’m down to 271 with a (sub)species find in reserve, Siberian Stonechat. Golden Eagle might cause headaches – I’ve found plenty in the Highlands but looking at the rules would that count? Surely any suitable habitat should count and I’ve found them away from the traditional areas that site guides report.
The self-found rules can be found here. Anyone else going to go public with their total? As I get time I will try and date all my self-found rare and scarce birds and publish the list somewhere.