Twitchers wild about 'escapes'
Monday 30 May 1994
Twitchers were delighted by the arrival of a Pallas's rosefinch on North Ronaldsay, Orkney, in June 1988; a Mugimaki flycatcher near Patrington, Humberside, in November 1991; and a brown flycatcher on Fair Isle, Shetland, in July 1992. Many travelled hundreds of miles to add the birds to their 'life lists'.
But the British Ornithologists' Union Records Committee (BOURC), the establishment body of eminent ornithologists, has decided against adding them to the official list of wild birds seen in the British Isles.
Some twitchers are so angry that they are talking of setting up a breakaway body to decide which birds are genuine new arrivals and which are not.
'It would be an understatement to say twitchers are incensed,' Ian Mills, one of Britain's leading twitchers, said this weekend. 'Many regard the decisions with contempt.'
They consider the sightings to be genuine first arrivals of birds which have drifted thousands of miles off course during migration. However, the committee thinks they may have escaped from captivity in Britain or on the near Continent.
Mr Mills, a Tyneside headmaster, said that some twitchers 'feel just as qualified to consider all the arguments for and against and come up with decisions which are more in touch with common sense'.
Recently there have been large-scale imports of exotic birds from China and the former Soviet Union despite the protests of conservationists who fear for the future of native populations. In the June edition of British Birds magazine, David Parkin and Ken Shaw of the BOURC say this has led to 'many more species that are potential vagrants to Britain turning up in cargoes here - and subsequently escaping'.
- 2 Why this father didn’t hide his daughter’s heroin overdose in her obituary
- 3 Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, says psychiatrist
- 4 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
Nepal earthquake in pictures: Photos show devastation caused by 7.8 magnitude earthquake
Nepal earthquake: More than 1,100 killed across four countries and in Mount Everest avalanche
Royal baby: Live updates as superbug closes ward at St Mary's Hospital where Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth
Hermann Goering's daughter fails to reclaim items looted by Nazi deputy during WWII
Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him winning the general election
£26000 - £28000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: Senior Accounts Assistan...
£24000 - £26000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...
£22000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is part of a Group...
£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you a a young, dynamic pers...