The Brixham white-billed diver prompted me to have a long overdue look at my Devon list. I've been through a lengthy period of indifference towards it, preferring for years now to just look for my own stuff. I kind of regret this attitude now because I've missed out on some fantastic birds - sometimes because I just couldn't get to the bird but more often because of my pig-headed 'I'm a birder not a twitcher' attitude. I'm much more likely to go for a bird if it's a new bird for me but I think I should make more of an effort to go for species that I 'need' for the county list or simply species that I haven't seen for a long time.
I am also planning on recounting some of my diary entries for famous Devon rarities over the years. I love the Devon birding scene and its many characters and I love the way that the county's top listers, those on 345+ (some are on 360+), maintain an air of secrecy and intrigue around their lists, often playing them down and pretending they don't really care about it.
I've stuck my list on a separate page (see pages menu at the top of this page) in case anybody is interested but I suppose I might as well produce a list of species I haven't seen in the county - there are some shocking gaps and I really do regret not going for some species that I could quite easily have got if I'd tried!