Anything is possible!
Turkish birder and photographer Emin Yoğurtcuoğlu recently contacted me with the exciting news that he had photographed a Yellow-billed Stork at Mogan Gölü, (Ankara Province). The bird was found by two Turkish photographers and constitutes the 4th record for Turkey (and the first for around 50 years).
Yellow-billed Stork is a predominantly sedentary resident throughout much of Africa, though the species will make partial migratory (nomadic) movements depending on food availability.
The wintering grounds for the White Stork overlap the range of the Yellow-billed Stork. So it is no great surprise how Yellow-billed Stork can make it into the Western Palearctic.
There are loads of predictions of migratory species that could (but haven’t so far) made it onto UK shores. The Willet is certain a favourite choice of many! However, I thought it would be interesting to look at the potential of species with local migratory/nomadic tendancies.
There are of course UK records of nomadic species such as the Black Lark and White-winged Lark. So there is a precedent! Are their species out there that we have not considered as potential vagrants due to limited migration behaviour?