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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Since 11th Feb 2012

 

Cost of seeing 500 birds in Britain & Ireland (BOU & IRBC)

Getting 300 species in Britain & Ireland  took me 1 year & cost me approx £2,000

Getting 400 species in Britain & Ireland  took me 4 year's & cost me approx £4,000

Getting 500 species in Britain & Ireland  took me 15 year's & cost me approx £11,200

Note:- The following statistics ignore the birds I saw during years 1977 to 1998. All the above costs are my share of transsport and accomodation costs. No food costs are included. 

Main Listing annual totals

CUMULATIVE
WEST.PAL / B.I. / SE / SUSSEXWEST.PAL / B.I. / SE / SUSSEX
2016 = 038 / 000 / 000 / 0012015 = 648 / 513 / 370 / 321
2015 = 007 / 005 / 003 / 0022015 = 610 / 513 / 370 / 320
2014 = 008 / 005 / 003 / 0032014 = 603 / 508 / 367 / 318
2013 = 014 / 011 / 005 / 007 2013 = 595 / 503 / 364 / 315 
2012 = 003 / 003 / 006 / 005 2012 = 581 / 592 / 359 / 308
2011 = 008 / 008 / 004 / 0052011 = 576 / 489 / 353 / 303
2010 = 006 / 006 / 001 / 0042010 = 570 / 481 / 349 / 298
2009 = 026 / 007 / 010 / 0022009 = 564 / 475 / 348 / 294
2008 = 017 / 007 / 005 / 0042008 = 538 / 468 / 338 / 292
2007 = 028 / 011 / 006 / 0062007 = 521 / 461 / 333 / 288
2006 = 016 / 007 / 005 / 0082006 = 493 / 450 / 327 / 282
2005 = 020 / 014 / 013 / 0092005 = 477 / 443 / 322 / 274
2004 = 014 / 011 / 003 / 0072004 = 457 / 429 / 309 / 265
2003 = 021 / 014 / 014 / 0262003 = 443 / 418 / 306 / 258
2002 = 022 / 023 / 010 / 0122002 = 422 / 404 / 292 / 232
2001 = 032 / 030 / 022 / 0232001 = 400 / 381 / 282 / 220
2000 = 073 / 075 / 022 / 0222000 = 368 / 351 / 260 / 197
1999 = 048 / 035 / 016 / 0031999 = 295 / 276 / 238 / 175
1998 = 000 / 000 / 000 / 0001998 = 247 / 241 / 222 / 172
1997 = 013 / 013 / 013 / 0041997 = 247 / 241 / 222 / 172
1996 = 020 / 021 / 017 / 0061996 = 234 / 228 / 209 / 168
1995 = 001 / 000 / 000 / 0001995 = 214 / 207 / 192 / 162
1994 = 004 / 002 / 001 / 0011994 = 213 / 207 / 192 / 162
1993 = 006 / 004 / 005 / 0061993 = 209 / 205 / 191 / 161
1992 = 203 / 201 / 186 / 1551992 = 203 / 201 / 186 / 155
Additions since end of 2011

WEIRWOOD LIST

Curlew (13-Mar-12), Great White Egret (8-Sep-14), Garganey (2015), Great Black-backed Gull (2015)

SUSSEX LIST

Parrot Crossbill (29-Jan-12), Paddyfield Warbler (5-Feb-12), Red-breasted Fly (6-Oct-12), Siberian Stonechat (21-Oct-12), Hooded Merganser (9-Nov-12), Corn Crake (17-Apr-13), Western Bonelli's Warbler (23-Apr-13), Terek Sandpiper (25-May-13), American Golden Plover (11-May-13), Booted Warbler (27-Aug-13), Radde's Warbler (12-Oct-13), Caspian Gull (29-Dec-13), Short-toed Eagle (15-Jun-14), Long-tailed Skua (5-Aug-14), Richard's Pipit (30-Nov-14), Hudsonian Whimbrel (9-Jun-15), Black Stork (6-Sep-15)

SE LIST

Dark-eyed Junco (8-Jan-12), Spanish Sparrow (11-Jan-12), Parrot Crossbill (29-Jan-12), Hooded Merganser (3-Mar-12), Siberian Stonechat (21-Oct-12), American Buff-bellied Pipit (15-Dec-12), Western Bonelli's Warbler (23-Apr-13), Dusky Thrush (18-May-13),  Booted Warbler (27-Aug-13), Radde's Warbler (12-Oct-13), Semipalmated Plover (18-Oct-13), Two-barred Crossbill (16-Mar-14), Short-toed Eagle (15-Jun-14), Richard's Pipit (30-Nov-14), Greater Yellowlegs (9-May-15), Greater Yellowlegs (9-May-15), Hudsonian Whimbrel (9-Jun-15), Acadian Flycatcher (22-Sep-15)

B.ISLES LIST

Spanish Sparrow (11-Jan-12), Parrot Crossbill (29-Jan-12), Western Orphean Warbler (29-May-12), Pine Grosbeak (4-Feb-13), Rock Thrush (25-Apr-23), Dusky Thrush (18-May-13), Pacific Swift (15-Jun-13), White-throated Needletail (26-Jun-13), Bridled Tern (2-Jul-13), Swinhoe's Petrel (16-Aug-13), Great Snipe (15-Sep-13), Wilson's Warbler (21-Sep-13), Thick-billed Warbler (5-Oct-13), Cape May Warbler (24-Oct-13), Crag Martin (12-Apr-14), Short-toed Eagle (1-Jun-14), Great Knot (14-Jul-14), Lanceolated Warbler (8-Oct-14), Eastern Bonelli's Warbler (10-Oct-14), Little Bustard (1-Jan-15), Great Blue Heron (18-Apr-15), Hudsonian Godwit (25-Apr-15), Acadian Flycatcher (22-Sep-15), Chestnut Bunting (25-Oct-15)

WESTERN PAL LIST

Parrot Crossbill (29-Jan-12), Western Orphean Warbler (29-May-12), Brown Fish Owl (22-Jun-12), Pine Grosbeak (4-Feb-13), Dusky Thrush (18-May-13), Pacific Swift (15-Jun-13), White-throated Needletail (26-Jun-13), Bridled Tern (2-Jul-13), Dalmatian Pelican (24-Jul-13), Great White Pelican (24-Jul-13), Swinhoe's Petrel (16-Aug-13), Great Snipe (15-Sep-13), Wilson's Warbler (21-Sep-13), Thick-billed Warbler (5-Oct-13), Cape May Warbler (24-Oct-13), Hawk Owl (7-Dec-13), Pygmy Owl (31-Dec-13), Caspian Plover, Black Woodpecker & Black Swan (12-Jan-14), Great Knot (14-Jul-14), Balearic Warbler (21-Aug-14), Eleonora's Falcon (21-Aug-14), Red-knobbed Coot (21-Aug-14), Lanceloated Warlber (8-Oct-14),Great Blue Heron (18-Apr-15), Hudsonian Godwit (25-Apr-15), Demoiselle Crane (29-Aug-15), Spur-winged Plover (1-Sep-15), Cyprus Wheatear (1-Sep-15), Acadian Flycatcher (22-Sep-15), Chestnut Bunting (25-Oct-15), Greater Spotted Eagle (18-Mar-16), Kurdistan Wheatear (18-Mar-16), Clamorous Reed Warbler (18_Mar-16), Common Myna (18_mar-16), Asian Imperial Eagle (19_mar-16), Great Black-headed Gull (19-Mar-16), Armenian Gull (19-Mar-16), Palestine Sunbird (19-Mar-16), Red-billed Teal (20-Mar-16), Lesser Spotted Eagle (20-Mar-16), Rock Martin (20-Mar-16), Long-billed Pipit (20-Mar-16), Blackstart (20-Mar-16), Arabian Babbler (20-Mar-16), Fan-tailed Raven (20-Mar-16), Tristram's Starling (20-Mar-16), Brown Booby (21-Mar-16), Western Reef Heron (21-Mar-16), White-eyed Gull (21-Mar-16), Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse (21-Mar-16), Green Bee-eater (21-Mar-16), Black Scrub Robin (21-Mar-16), Sand Partridge (22-Mar-16), Namaqua Dove (22-Mar-16), Dunn's Lark (22-Mar-16), Bar-tailed Desert Lark (22-Mar-16), Mourning Wheatear (22-Mar-16), Hooded Wheatear (22-Mar-16), Steppe Eagle (23-Mar-16), Indian Silverbill (23-Mar-16), Striated Heron (24-Mar-16), Nubian Nightjar (24-Mar-16), Greater Hoopoe-Lark (24-Mar-16), Scrub Warbler (24-Mar-16), Arabian Warbler (24-Mar-16), Macqueen's Bustard (26-Mar-16), Crowned Sandgrouse (26-Mar-16), Semicollared Flycatcher (26-Mar-16), 

British Lifelist Totals

British 1992 = 206

In between years less than 200

British 2000 = 323

British 2001 = 304

British 2002 = 305

British 2003 = 263

British 2004 = 200

British 2005 = 247

British 2006 = 201

British 2007 = 205

British 2008 = 232

British 2009 = 182

British 2010 = 174

British 2011 = 230

British 2012 = 230

British 2013 = 304 (+2 in Ireland Wilson's Warbler & Pied Fly)

British 2014 = 244

Sussex County Yearlist

Sussex 2003 = 228

British & Irish Dip List

1998

 

Nutcracker (Kent)

 

1999

 

Blue Rock Thrush (St. Mary's) & 2 Black-faced Bunting (Newbiggin) & 2001 (Lundy)

 

2001

 

Grey Catbird (Anglessey)

 

2003

 

Yellow-breasted Bunting (Portland)

 

2007

 

Siberian Thrush (Foula)

 

2008

 

American Redstart (Co Cork) & Philadelphia Vireo (Co. Clare) 

 

2009

 

Brown-headed Cowbird (Fair Isle), Royal Tern (Wales), Cedar Wawing (Inish Boffin)

 

2011

 

Rufous-tailed Robin (Norfok)

 

2012

 

Magnolia Warbler (Fair Isle),  & Eastern Kingbird (CoGalway) & 2015                

 

2013

 

Ascencion Isles Frigatebird (Islay)

2016

 

Vega Gull (CoWexford)