I’d kind of forgotten about this since returning from Scilly but for some reason I was dreaming of rares I’d love to find and Mugimaki Flycatcher sprang to mind. This made me think about the reports that were coming through on Birdguides from Italy where a Mugimaki Flycatcher was trapped at Bagalino near Bresica.
With previous records from Treviso in Italy in October 1957 and the infamous Stone Creek bird on 16-17 November 1991 neither accepted and a record of adult male from Neftekamsk, Russia, on 2 August 2007 it is surely time for the BOURC to review the Stone Creek bird. Mugimaki Flycatcher is a more likely vagrant than Chestnut-eared Bunting, which made the British List with little fuss. I have no axe to grind here with the BOU as I wasn’t twitching at the time and never saw (or even heard about) the bird.
It seems unlikely that this latest bird is an escape with no recent imports into Italy but I guess we can never be sure and all records apart from the Russian adult fall right on the money for Far Eastern vagrants so come on, what do we think?