Catching up with British Birds and Birdwatch Magazine I fondly recalled the most fortunate bird on my British list – Amur Falcon – now accepted by the BOU and BBRC. Dave Gray and I had gone to Tophill Low on 20 September 2008 after an RSPB Skua and Shearwater Cruise and a trip to Bempton Cliffs RSPB where we had a fly over Honey Buzzard amongst other bits.
I still needed Red-footed Falcon for Yorkshire so off we went. The bird was elusive at times and always seemed to be viewed into the sun. It was only at the very end of the bird’s stay and only a few fortunate photos that revealed its true identity as it moulted its underwing feathers.
I still haven’t seen Red-footed Falcon in Yorkshire!