Red-flanked Bluetail is another spectacular find for Llandudno's Great Orme
When I was a young birder, a few birds shone colourfully from my first European bird book.
One didn’t just look amazing, it had a descriptive name that spoke of the Russian taiga: Red-flanked Bluetail.
But this piece of exotica was way out of my league: its nesting grounds lay behind the Iron Curtain and the handful ever to be seen in Britain were on remote Scottish islands.
But through the 1980s, their breeding range extended west into Finland, and then a friend found one in Dorset, and thousands of birdwatchers went to see this semi-mythical bird.
Bluetails have become more frequent... read more
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