The new competition on the block in Lothian is David K's guess-the-new-Lothian-species challenge. The following species have been taken in the following order:
Eastern Crowned Warbler
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler
Oriental Turtle Dove
Southern Grey Shrike
looking at this list I began to wonder which species have been recorded
the most frequently in Scotland without being recorded in Lothian. Of
course, the Northern Isles account for almost all of the records of some
of the species concerned, and others are highly non-migratory, but an
interesting list nevertheless. If it wasn't for the Isle of May and St
Abb's mopping up so many of 'our' drift migrants, maybe we'd have seen a
lot of these already...
Well, here goes, the most frequently
recorded Scottish species unrecorded in Lothian: a list taken from the
Lothian list on Bubo and a quick trawl through Birds in Scotland 3 (not guaranteed to be 100% accurate as more recent records will not be included...)- only those species with 10 or more records in BS3 included. Species in bold not selected above.
Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler
Western Bonelli's Warbler
So I'm beginning to think that some of my guesses weren't too clever... though I did see these two today
Only kidding - but Buff-bellied Pipit and Dartford Warbler - what was I thinking, to say nothing of White-winged Scoter... ah well, let's hope for some great birding 2012 in Lothian.