Welcome to my website

My Name is Garry Bagnell. I am 47 years old and I absolutely love watching Birds.

My main birding achievement was being featured in the hit BBC-4 documentary "Twitchers-A very British Obsession". It was broadcast TEN times and I loved the whole experience.

I do keep THREE Bird lists. The list I am most passionate about is my COMBINED BRITISH & IRISH LIST. My combined WEST & EAST SUSSEX LIST brings gives me a similar pleasure and can be found on the BUBO website. European family holidays have led me to keeping my third list, which is my WESTERN PALEARCTIC LIST. This list is kept on the NETFUGL website.

My website also contains a Blog, Twitching write ups, British & Irish Rare Birds Stats,Tweets on  my TITBITS page and Jokes

Also if you need to contact me my phone number is 07789 765163 or alternatively email me on [email protected] 

NOTE:- You will only see comments from me on Facebook, Twitter, Birdforum and.here (www.britishislestwitching.com Any rude remarks  or negative comments on other websites WILL NOT BE ME.  

 

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Summary of my Birding Life

1977 - Age 10 - Started watching birds in my parents garden, then went to local parks/ woodland. Become a YOC member. Went to the Crawley & Horsham RSPB group indoor meetings. They organised monthly outings, went on a few car & coach trips in the local area.

1981 - During my many bird watching trips I went to Arundel W.W.T. for a day’s bird watching with Mushaq Ahmed. He pointed out Peter Scott to me. I went over to chat to him and he kindly singed my bird book I had on me. On the 26th July I went to Gatwick Airport with a school friend called Martin Arter. I bought a Civil Aircraft Marking Book (CAM) and I spent the rest of the day ticking off planes in my CAM. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to give up Bird watching as Plane Spotting was going to occupy a lot of my spare time.

1989 - I remember watching the news and seeing lots of birdwatchers descending on Maidstone, Kent for a Golden-winged Warbler. I was thinking about going for it, but sadly never did. So I suppose this is now, my most sought after bird for my British Isles List. Will we ever get another chance?!

1990 - Bought a house with a girlfriend.

1992 - Discovered Birdline, and had another attempt at Birdwatching/Twitching. Restricted my Birding watching/Twitching to the Southeast of Britain. I also joined the local Crawley & Horsham R.S.P.B. group as treasurer. (Shame nobody mentioned the long staying '93 Blackpoll Warbler at Bewl to me, but the R.S.P.B. members I use to chat with weren't major twitchers).

1997 - Got married for the first time.

1998 - I resigned from the post of Crawley & Horsham R.S.P.B Group Treasurer after a 6 year period. I decided to Join two chess clubs:- Crawley & Coulsdon.

1999 - Whilst working at National Grid on a year’s contract, I met Neil Howes and he showed me his Nationwide Birding Notebook. I was amazed at how many birds Neil had seen and how far he travels to see them. It made me think if I should get back into Birding/Twitching and give up the Plane Spotting. For the time being I decided to juggle both hobbies. I went to Scillies for the first time (absolutely loved it) and during my 3 day stay I found a Richard's Pipit, Ortolan Bunting (very brief view) .My Dad died of cancer during the year, so my wife and I decided to move in with mum and and help her out financially.

2000 - Big changes were made to to my life this year. Gave up Plane Spotting (a hobby I had for 19 years), smoking (17 year addiction),left my first wife and gave her the house.

2002 - I met Kim in June and decided to give up playing competitive Chess as it was not fair to Birdwatch and spend weekends playing in Chess Tournaments. During my 4 year Chess career, I achieved a chess grade of 87 (BCF) and it was still rising. I also played Chess for Sussex in the U125(BCF) division. I also got 2nd and 3rd position in some Chess tournaments.

2003 - Got married for the 2nd time to Kim. Started to twitch Ireland...please don't mention the 2000 Blue-winged Warbler that now really hurts.

2004 - My daughter "Georgie" was born. New British Birds were becoming less and less frequent, so I turned my attention to local birdwatching, which started by listing the bird species I see at Weir Wood Reservoir.

2005 - This year on 3rd March a very good friend of mine died, his name was James Havers. He died at the age of 39, whilst eating a meal at Gatwick Airport with Birding friend Andrew Bashford. James was an exceptional good birdwatcher who spent much of his short life doing bird survey work in the Crawley and Horsham area. He took me to see many scarce breeding birds he had found in the region, and he also showed me a wintering Little Bunting found in Ifield Church, Crawley '94.

2008 - Started playing darts at the Fountain Pub in Roffey.

2009 - I formed a Darts Team at the White Knight in Crawley and I decided to stop playing at the Fountain. On the 2nd August my Mother sadly died from Cancer at St. Catherines Hospice. The 6th September my family & I left Rusper and moved into my Mum's house. Since then we have spent £40k on house improvements. During the year I was selected to be filmed for a BBC4 documentary called Twitchers- A very British tradition. (Should be televised on 3rd November 2010).

2010 - Twitchers: A very British Obsession was broadcast on the 1st November on BBC-4. The programme was about twitching birds in Britain and featured Brett Richards, Craig Family, Lee Evans and myself.

2011 - Seeing Sabine's Gull at Brighton Marina on the 15th September is my 300th BOU species for the combined West & East Sussx County List.

2013 - Seeing Wilson's Warbler on 21st September on Dursey Island, County Cork might turn out to be my 500th British & Irish Lifer (BOU/ IRBC basis).  This is dependant on Elegant Tern, Slaty-back-Gull, Alder Fly & Long-toed Stint getting accepted. I met up with a Washington Post journalist & photographer who met me and John Lees in Norfolk. He took photograhs of John and I enjoying my 300th British year tick (BOU), which happened to be a Shore Lark. The article was published in Denver Post, Washington Post and Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday 15th December. The article was portrayed how competitve birdwatchers are in the UK compared to the US.

 

Latest Updates

Jokes - Five Minute Management Course added 13th January 2012

http://garrybagnell.webs.com/jokes.htm

 

Long-toed Stint photo added 23rd January 2012 with a few words

http://garrybagnell.webs.com/11ltstinttwitch.htm

 

Newest Members

Website that reciprocate my website link

Sussex Ornithological society Best website in Sussex

Penny Clarke Penny's hot birding and life

Paul Herrieven Brough Birder

Ross Newham Bald Birder

Steve Nuttal Belvide Birding

MQ Spurn blog

Barry Hunt Barry Birder

Rob Stokes Kent birding adventures

Widerscope Nick, Seth, Danny & Sam

Michael Booker  Sussex Birders

Other good places to check out

Weir Wood  Friends of Weir Wood Official Site

Mark Reeder of birds & pies

John Hague Drunkenbirder

Pete Antrobus Pods World

Gunnar Engblom Birding Blogs

Mr Black Reservoircatz

Serious stuff

British Birds Official magazine of the BBRC

BBRC Official website

BUBO Popular listing website

Netfugl Western Palearctic listing

Surfbirds Great photos and forum

Birdforum Main discussion forum

Rare Bird Alert Best pager in Britain

 

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The commonest rare birds I've never seen in Britain & Ireland

English Name

Total

Last

 

Pallas's Sandgrouse

many

1990

Shetland: Loch of Hillwell and Quendale area, Mainland, adult male, 19th May to 4th June, photo.; same, Loch of Spiggie, 22nd May.

Nutcracker

400

1998

Kent: Kingsdown, 6th to 7th September, photo.

Yellow-breasted Bunting

236

2006

Norfolk: West Runton, 26th August.

Great Bustard

107

1987

Norfolk: New Buckenham, two immature males, 7th to 10th February.

Little Shearwater

79

2007

Cornwall: St Ives, 15th August.

Fea's Petrel

76

2007

National: Fea's/Zino's - Whitburn CP, 11th September.

Tengmalm's Owl

52

1986

Orkney: Egilsay, 31st May to 1st June, photo.; presumed same, Glims Holm, dead about three weeks, 25th June.

Black-billed Cuckoo

23

1990

Isles of Scilly: St Mary's, 10th October, dead, 11th October.

Common Nighthawk

20

1999

Ceredigion: Mwnt, juvenile, dead, 28th October, photo., specimen now at National Museum of Wales, Cardiff (Z.2001.082.001).

Eyebrowed Thrush

18

2001

Western Isles: Hirta, St Kilda, first-winter, 1st to 2nd October, photo.

Steller's Eider

15

2000

Moray: Hopeman, female, 16th to 18th November, photo.

Spotted Eagle

15

1915

Herefords: Near Brinsop Court, immature female, shot, 15th November, now at British Museum.

Rufous Bush Chat

11

1998

Jersey: No locality, 7th June.

Wallcreeper

10

1985

Isle of Wight: St Catherine's Point, male, 16th May.

Hawk Owl

9

1983

Shetland: Near Lerwick, Mainland, 12th to 13th September; same Bressay, 20th to 21st September, photo.

Siberian Thrush

9

2007

Shetland: Hametoun, Foula, first-winter male, 28th September, photo.

American Redstart

7

1985

Co.Cork: Galley Head, 13th to 15th October, photo.

Eskimo Curlew

6

1887

Isles of Scilly: Tresco, adult, shot, 10th September.

Blue Rock Thrush

6

2007

Powys: Elan Valley, male, 11th April, photo.

Song Sparrow

6

1994

Lancs: Seaforth, 15th to 17th October, photo.

Eleonora's Falcon

5

2003

Suffolk: Reydon, adult, pale-morph, 3rd October.

Macqueen's Bustard

5

1962

Suffolk: Hinton, 25th November to 29th December, photo.

Caspian Plover

5

1996

Shetland: Skelberry, Mainland, female, 3rd to 4th June, photo.

Ruppell's Warbler

5

1995

Gwynedd: Aberdaron, male, 21st June.

Black-faced Bunting

5

2004

Yorks: Flamborough Head, 15th October.

Rock Bunting

5

1967

Gwynedd: Bardsey, male, 1st June.

Yellow-browed Bunting 

5

1998

Orkney: Rackwick, Hoy, 4th to 5th May, photo.

4 or less British & Irish records

English Name

Total

Last

Last accepted record

Redhead

4

2005

Argyll: Tiree, female, 14th December to 22nd March 2006, photo.

Barrow's Goldeneye

4

2006

Forth: Callander and Loch Venachar, adult male, 19th November to 27th April 2007, photo.

Lesser Sand Plover

4

2004

Lothian: Aberlady Bay, adult male, 8th to 9th July, C. m. mongolus.

Great Knot

4

2004

Lancs: Skippool Creek, River Wyre, adult, 31st July, 16th to 17th August.

Short-billed Dowitcher

4

2004

Co.Wexford: Lady's Island Lake, first-summer, 30th June to 15th August, photo, sound-recorded; also in County Dublin.

Audouin's Gull

4

2007

Kent: Dungeness, second-summer, 16th May, photo.

Royal Tern

4

1999

Lothian: Thorntonloch, adult, 9th August; same, Musselburgh, 9th August.

Pacific Swift

4

2005

Yorks: Spurn, 1st July.

Thick-billed Warbler

4

2003

Shetland: Fair Isle, adult, 16th to 17th May, trapped 16th May, photo.

Spectacled Warbler

4

2000

Isles of Scilly: Tresco, first-winter, 15th to 21st October, photo.

Eastern Bonelli's Warbler

4

2004

Devon: Lundy, 26th April, photo.

Tennessee Warbler

4

1995

Western Isles: Hirta, St Kilda, 20th September, photo.

White-crowned Sparrow

4

2003

Co.Cork: Dursey Sound, 20th to 27th May, photo.

Red-billed Tropicbird

3

2002

Cornwall: About 1.5 km off The Lizard, 21st April.

Sandhill Crane

3

1991

Shetland: Exnaboe, Mainland, first-summer to second-winter, 17th to 25th September; same, Sumburgh, 26th September, photo.

Semipalmated Plover

3

2003

Co.Donegal: Aranmore Island, juvenile, 10th to 11th October, photo.

Long-toed Stint

3

1996

Co.Cork: Ballycotton, 15th to 16th June.

Mourning Dove

3

2007

Western Isles: Carnach, North Uist, first-winter, 29th October to 7th November, photo.

Bimaculated Lark

3

1976

Shetland: Fair Isle, 8th June.

Savannah Sparrow

3

2003

Shetland: Fair Isle, first-winter, 14th to 19th October, trapped 14th October, photo.

Cretzschmar's Bunting

3

1998

Orkney: Stronsay, male, 14th to 18th May, photo.

Pallas's Reed Bunting

3

1990

Sussex: Icklesham, first-winter male, trapped, 17th October, photo.

Black-capped Petrel

2

1984

Yorks: Barmston, juvenile female, tideline corpse long dead, 16th December, photo.

Madeiran Petrel

2

1931

Co.Mayo: Blackrock Lighthouse, female, found dead, 18th October, now at National Museum, Dublin.

Double-crested Cormorant

2

1995

Co.Galway: Nimmo's Pier, Galway, first-winter, 18th November to 6th January 1996, photo

Magnificent Frigatebird

2

2005

Shrops: Near Whitchurch, adult male, picked-up and taken to Chester Zoo, 7th to 9th November when died in care, now at British Natural History Museum, Tring, photo.

Bald Eagle

2

1987

Co.Kerry: Ballymacelligot, near Castle Island, juvenile, caught exhausted, 17th November, photo, returned to USA.

Egyptian Vulture

2

1868

Essex: Peldon, immature, shot, 28th September.

American Kestrel

2

1976

Cornwall: Bearah Tor, Bodmin Moor, adult female, 13th to 28th June.

Allen's Gallinule

2

2002

Dorset: Weston, Portland, juvenile to first-winter, moribund, 10th February, photo.; specimen now at Natural History Museum, Tring.

Hudsonian Godwit

2

1988

Aberdeens: Slains Pools, Collieston, 26th September.

Little Whimbrel

2

1985

Norfolk: Blakeney, Cley and Salthouse area, adult, 24th August to 3rd September, photo.

Grey-tailed Tattler

2

1994

Moray: Burghead Bay, Moray, juvenile, 27th November to 27th December, photo.

Egyptian Nightjar

2

1984

Dorset: Portland Bill, 10th June.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

2

1988

Co.Cork: Cape Clear Island, immature female, trapped, 16th to 19th October, photo.

White-winged Lark

2

1981

Norfolk: King's Lynn Beet Factory, first-winter male, 22nd and 24th October.

Black Lark

2

2003

Anglesey: South Stack RSPB Reserve, male, 1st to 8th June, photo.

Tree Swallow

2

2002

Shetland: Burrafirth, Unst, 29th May, photo.

Cedar Waxwing

2

1996

Notts: Nottingham, first-winter, 20th February to 18th March, photo.

Northern Mockingbird

2

1988

Essex: Horsey Island, 17th to 23rd May, photo.

Grey Catbird

2

2001

Anglesey: South Stack, 4th to 6th October.

Siberian Blue Robin

2

2001

Orkney: North Ronaldsay, first-winter male, 2nd October, photo.

Taiga Flycatcher

2

2003

Shetland: Sandgarth, Mainland, first-winter, trapped, 12th to 15th October, trapped 13th October, photo.

Masked Shrike

2

2006

Isles of Scilly: St Mary's, first-winter, 1st November, photo.

Philadelphia Vireo

2

1987

Isles of Scilly: Tresco, 10th to 13th October, photo.

Evening Grosbeak

2

1980

Highland: Nethybridge, adult female, 10th to 25th March, photo.

Chestnut-sided Warbler

2

1995

Devon: Prawle Point, 18th October.

Blackburnian Warbler

2

1988

Shetland: Fair Isle, first-winter male, 7th October.

Hooded Warbler

2

1992

Western Isles: Hirta, St Kilda, 10th September.

Lark Sparrow

2

1991

Norfolk: Waxham, 15th to 17th May, photo.

Indigo Bunting

2

1996

Pembrokes: Ramsey Island, first-winter male, 18th to 26th October, photo.

Bulwer's Petrel

1

1975

Co.Cork: Off Cape Clear Island, 3rd August.

White-faced Petrel

1

1897

Argyll: Between Kiloran and Kilchattan, Colonsay, immature female, caught alive, 1st January, P. m. hypoleuca, now at National Museums of Scotland (NMSZ 1897.17).

Ascension Frigatebird

1

1953

Argyll: Loch A' Phuill, Tiree, first-stage juvenile, female, found exhausted, 9th July, died same day, photo., now at National Museums of Scotland (NMSZ 1953.16).

Snowy Egret

1

2002

Argyll: Ettrick Bay, Bute, 15th to 18th May; same as 2001 Argyll and Bute.

Great Blue Heron

1

2007

Isles of Scilly: Lower Moors, St Mary's, juvenile, 7th December, photo.

Griffon Vulture

1

2000

Guernsey: No locality, 24th to 27th August; same as Sark.

Short-toed Eagle

1

1999

Isles of Scilly: St Agnes and all islands, juvenile, 7th to 11th October, photo.

American Purple Gallinule

1

1958

Isles of Scilly: St Mary's, immature, picked up exhausted, 7th November, died 9th, photo, now at British Museum, Tring.

Wilson's Snipe

1

1998

Isles of Scilly: Lower Moors, St Mary's, 9th October to 7th April 1999, photo.

Great Black-headed Gull

1

1859

Devon: Exmouth, adult, late May or early June, now at Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter.

Aleutian Tern

1

1979

N'berland: Farne Islands, adult, 28th to 29th May, photo.

Long-billed Murrelet

1

2006

Devon: Dawlish, juvenile, 7th to 14th November, photo.

Ancient Murrelet

1

1992

Devon: Lundy, 30th March to 29th April; presumed returning 1991 individual.

Red-necked Nightjar

1

1856

N'berland: Killingworth, male, shot, 5th October, C. r. desertorum, now at Hancock Museum, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Eastern Phoebe

1

1987

Devon: Lundy, 24th to 25th April.

Lesser Short-toed Lark

1

1992

Dorset: Portland, 2nd May.

Purple Martin

1

2004

Western Isles: Butt of Lewis and Europie, Lewis, juvenile, 5th to 6th September, photo.

Brown Thrasher

1

1966

Dorset: Durlston Head, 18th November to 5th February 1967, photo.

Rufous-tailed Robin

1

2004

Shetland: Fair Isle, first-winter, trapped, 23rd October, photo.

White-throated Robin

1

1990

Pembrokes: Skokholm, female, 27th to 30th May, photo.

Moussier's Redstart

1

1988

Pembrokes: Dinas Head, male, 24th April, photo.

White-crowned Black Wheatear

1

1982

Suffolk: White-crowned Black Wheatear: Kessingland, male, 1st or 2nd to 5th June, photo.

Varied Thrush

1

1982

Cornwall: Nanquidno, St Just, 14th to 23rd November, photo.

Wood Thrush

1

1987

Isles of Scilly: St Agnes, first-winter, 7th October.

Olive-tree Warbler

1

2006

Shetland: Boddam, first-winter, 16th August, photo.

Red-breasted Nuthatch

1

1989

Norfolk: Holkham, first-year male, 13th October to 6th May 1990, photo.

Long-tailed Shrike

1

2000

Western Isles: Howbeg and Howmore, South Uist, first-winter, 3rd to 4th November, probably since 27th October, photo.

Rock Sparrow

1

1981

Norfolk: Cley, 14th June.

Yellow-throated Vireo

1

1990

Cornwall: Kenidjack, 20th to 27th September, photo.

Blue-winged Warbler

1

2000

Co.Cork: Cape Clear Island, first-year male, 4th to 10th October.

Golden-winged Warbler

1

1989

Kent: Larkfield, Maidstone, male, 24th January to 10th April, photo.

Cape May Warbler

1

1977

Clyde: Paisley Glen, Renfrewshire, male, in song, 17th June, photo.

Magnolia Warbler

1

1981

Isles of Scilly: St Agnes, 27th to 28th September.

Bay-breasted Warbler

1

1995

Cornwall: Land's End, first-winter male, 1st October, photo.

Wilson's Warbler

1

1985

Cornwall: Rame Head, male, 13th October, photo.

Canada Warbler

1

2006

Co.Clare: Kilbaha, Loop Head, first-year, 8th to 13th October, photo.

Summer Tanager

1

1957

Gwynedd: Bardsey, first-winter male, 11th to 25th September, trapped 11th, 15th and 20th September, photo.

Eastern Towhee

1

1966

Devon: Lundy, adult female, trapped, 7th June.

Fox Sparrow

1

1961

Co.Down: Copeland Bird Observatory, 3rd to 4th June, trapped 3rd and 4th.

Chestnut-eared Bunting

1

2004

Shetland: Fair Isle, first-winter male, trapped, 15th to 20th October, photo.

Brown-headed Cowbird

1

1988

Argyll: Ardnave, Islay, male, 24th April.