British Rarities and Scarcities

Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) – Cowlishaw, Oldham, 21st January 2018
Second-winter – Yellow ringed X106 – found on Cocker Mill Lane Flood


Cowlishaw, Oldham, 12th February 2017
First-winer – First photo by Colin Davies the rest record shots with Canon SX60 when the bird was first found


Mealy Redpoll (Carduelis flammea) – Elton Reservoir, Greater Manchester 19th January 2018


Rainton Meadows DWT, Durham, 5th Feb 2011

Thrush Nightingale (Luscinia luscinia) – Hartlepool Headland, Co. Durham 20th May 2013

Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis) – Low Newton-by-the-sea, Northumberland 8th May 2013

Blue-headed Wagtail (Motacilla flava flava) – St Mary’s Island, Northumberland 29th April 2013

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba alba) – St Mary’s Island, Northumberland 29th April 2013

“Channel” Wagtail (Motacilla flava flava x M. f. flavissima) – Audenshaw Reservoirs, Greater Manchester 26th April 2013

Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla) – Elba Park, Houghton-le-spring, Durham 17th April 2013

Red-throated Diver (Gavia stellata) – Hartlepool Headland, Co. Durham 7th January 2012


Eastern Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros phoenicuroides) – Holy Island, Northumberland 20th November 2011

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) – Saltholme RSPB, Cleveland 17th October 2011

Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) – Marden Quarry, Whitley Bay 11th October 2011

White-throated Robin (Irania gutturalis) – Hartlepool Headland, Durham, 10th June 2011

Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) – Concord, Washington, Tyne and Wear, February 2011

Coues’s Arctic Redpoll (Carduelis exlipes) – Rainton Meadows DWT, Durham, 11th Jan 2011

Pied-billed Grebe(Podilymbus podiceps) – Hollingworth Lake, Rochdale, 13th November 2010


Western Bonelli’s Warbler (Phylloscopus bonelli) – Bempton, East Yorkshire 12th September 2010

Black-throated Thrush (Turdus atrogularis) – Newholm, North Yorks, 8th Feb 2010


Sabine’s Gull (Larus sabini) – Juvenile, North Shields, Tyne and Wear, 7th November 2009

Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus) – Axlemoor, Oldham, 26th-28th April 2009


Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis) – St Marys Golf Course, Isles of Scilly, 1st Oct 2004

Cream-coloured Courser (Cursorius cursor) – 1st Winter, St Martin’s, Isles of Scilly, 1st Oct 2004