Glad not to be the only one with an anorak in the cupboard…
Red Kite…… absolutely fabulous birds, used to see them often on M5 down nr Oxford and Banbury way and also near Rutland. They have come a long way from my first sightings at a farm in Dumfries and Galloway where they fed them daily and charged a small fee to those of us lucky enough to witness the spectacle. Am Luck enough to be within easy travel of the WWT Claverock site which has so many barnacle and Pink foots during winter. Have a soft spot for the Brent’s down in North Norfolk though.
Like you I noted LOT of calling Cuckoo this year in a valley about 10 mins away from our house, They certainly stuck around a long time rather than just pass through. Had a lot of Pied Flycatcher at the same location (see pic) this yea. They seemed easier to spot but due to the lockdown the area was particularly quiet.
Jealous of your Turtle doves as of course they don’t get this far North (Cumbria). Haven’t seen any Fieldfare or redstart yet either.
Have been lucky enough to do a fair bit of traveling over the years and I recall our guide when on safari in South Africa being somewhat miffed that one of his charge wanted to stop and look at a Lilac Breasted Roller which I found fabulous but he regarded as common muck!
Perhaps anyone interested could give us their ultimate birds seen or wished to see….but I guess the lists may be very long in a lot of cases.!