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Sketches of the bird at Cley in early 2008
Sketches of the male House Finch that has been frequenting East Prawle village in South Devon over the last few days of June/beginning of July 2010. This yellow variant plumaged male bird is almost certainly the same individual that turned up in May at Lands End in Cornwall and caused much controversy then and is doing again..... it could be a 1st record for the UK which could have come over from the USA by hitching a lift on a boat, then again it could be an escape...... the different plumage variant could be more prevalent in an escape as it is thought to be diet related then again, the Varied Thrush that still resides on the UK list was an even rarer plumage variant........ However there apparently have been at least 2 other records on Fair Isle of House Finch... and all in spring/early summer....
I don't actually care, it provided a unique opportunity to study this US resident finch alongside our old world sparrows and finches etc.
Finally I caught up with this species for my UK list.... I saw the species many years ago in the middle east but never managed to catch up with this extremely rare bird in the UK until now, despite dipping it at least 5 times over the last few years.....
This bird first appeared at Seaforth docks this year where it was distant due to the permit only nature of the reserve these days. It then disappeared before reappearing at Slimbridge on the 9th July, then it vanished again before having a brief sojourn at Dungeness.
This little known ID challenge turned up on the 16th August at Druridge Bay CP in Northumberland. The separation of this species from Booted Warbler is a challenge to say the least. However this bird in the field seemed to show all the ID points and was surprisingly different in appearance to the standard Booted's we see on the east coast.
This unidentified flycatcher was present in the South Landing ravine at the beginning of May 2012.