A while ago now we canvassed opinion from the News Team (and some luminaries at the BTO) as to what the next first for Britain might be. Last week saw one of these popping up in the form of a crazy-looking Slaty-backed Gull at Rainham landfill in London. Sadly it didn't stay round to long to be appreciated by the masses (all 1,200 of them on Saturday morning), but a great bird nonetheless. So I thought I'd let you in on some of the other predictions and you can dust off your field guides and join the hunt!
Some went straight for the possible fall-out from a good hurricane season, in the form of Black-throated Green Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler or White-eyed Vireo. Or perhaps even Willet or Lincoln's Sparrow?
Others looked to the sea, where strange seabird occurrences seem to be the norm these days: Horned Puffin anyone? Or what about Pygmy Cormorant or an acceptable Greater Flamingo from the Continent? From the east, we could look at Middle-spotted Woodpecker, or further afield to Siberian Accentor or Daurian Jackdaw. Many of these wouldn't be firsts for the Western Palaearctic, so are perhaps a good bet.
All make for interesting thinking, and certainly the stuff dreams are made of.