A poll is currently under way at BIRDGUIDES asking for us to vote the top ten British rarities of the last 50 years. The list has some glaring omissions on it such as Great Knot, Tree Swallow and Yellow Throated Vireo etc etc. Whilst I'm sure that there must be some validity in this survey I cannot feel that some birds really don't deserve a place on there for example birds such as Pied-billed Grebe and that f'ing disfigured Curlew in the Northeast.
A thought has occurred to me. What about the other end of the scale the crappiest birds on the British List? I've created a list of 15 rare or non-native species below which in my opinion are shit. To qualify as shit they must be either Crap looking,spurious, plastic or not on my list (which is why that bloody Bee-eater is there). This list is not final and I am open to further suggestions.
BLACK DUCK POSSIBLY THE SECOND MOST BORING RARITY ON THE BRITISH LIST
DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANT WITHOUT A DOUBT THE WORST LOOKING RARITY ON THE BRITISH LIST AT THE WORST LOOKING LOCATION
COLLARED DOVE WELL THEY'RE JUST SHIT
BLACK SCOTER MUTANT
GOLDEN PHEASANT PLASTIC FANTASTIC
LADY AMHERST'S PHEASANT TICK EM WHEREVER YOU WANT THEY'RE ALL CRAP
RING-NECKED PARAKEET THE FLYING TREE RAT OF THE SOUTH
AMERICAN HERRING GULL WHO REALLY CARES
BLUE-CHEEKED BEE-EATER I HATE THESE BASTARDS
GREY CATBIRD MASS HALLUCINATION ON A NORTH WALES HILLSIDE
FAN-TAILED WARBLER SEE COLLARED DOVE
IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF TOO MANY OCCURRENCES FOR MY LIKING
ROCK SPARROW YEH RIGHT
SCOTTISH CROSSBILL HANDS UP THOSE OF US WHO CAN HONESTLY SAY THEY'VE SEEN ONE
BAY-BREASTED WARBLER THE NEW AGE EQUIVALENT OF THE HASTING RARITIES
At the request of others
Pallid Swift Dull as dish water
Semi-palmated Plover A Ringed Plover for the over educated.