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Rare Bird Sightings
October 2005
by Steve Botham 

Lesser Yellowlegs - Photo  Copyright 2005 Steve Botham:
Photo: Steve Botham

UK Safari Tip:
Need help identifying birds? One of the best field guides is the "Collins Bird Guide" - available through the Amazon bookshop -  click here

This Lesser Yellowlegs was at Killingholme in North Lincolnshire on the 23rd October, and stayed for about a week. It's the 11th record of this bird in the county. Killingholme has the hide positioned facing south, so it looks over the River Humber. Unfortunately this means you're looking into the sun all day.

Stonechat - Photo  Copyright 2005 Steve Botham:

This stonechat was spotted at Saltfleet Haven, in Lincolnshire on 23rd October. Although these birds are not particularly rare in the UK, they are doing less well on the continent and is of European conservation concern. For this reason it's an amber listed species.

Hoopoe - Photo  Copyright 2005 Ian Turner

This photo was sent in by Ian Turner from Bedfordshire. He was lucky enough to have this Hoopoe stay in his garden for a couple of days at the end of October. Ian said it was quite happy digging on his patio and seemed undisturbed by the sparrows and other resident birds which came to look at it.

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