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Herts Life list string (18/1/19)

We intend to keep new posts to a bare minimum. However we do update existing posts when new information comes in. In these cases the title of the post will include the date of when it was updated.

Some of the information in this new post has been moved from the last post. This is because it become clear that George’s Herts life list was a much bigger topic than originally anticipated. George has strung at least 18 species and probably much more.

Whilst checking on George’s 2018 year list we came across his claim of a 2018 Hertfordshire lifer. George is claiming the Penduline Tit at Tyttenhanger GP on the 16th April 2018. On the 16th George was on his way back from his Scottish tour and was on Holy Island for Black Scoter and then near Amble for Puffins. He managed to get to Tyttenhanger within the last hour of light. Before he arrived the Penduline had not been seen for sometime. George claimed that he saw it hop up and then hop down. None of the locals believe he saw this bird.

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If someone would like to give us more information regarding George and the Penduline or any other string then email us on lgrebirds@yahoo.co.uk – this is our email address and not George’s!!

George has form on his Herts list as can be seen from a 2011 Herts post and the Great Skua saga post. George did not have Great Skua on his 2005 list, but it was on his 2011 list claiming he saw one on 3/9/83. However on 3/9/83 he was spotted in Cornwall. When confronted with this fact he stated on 7/12/11 “I know that I have seen Great Skua”. It then remained on his list but without a date. However it was not on his 2018 list!!

We looked at his 2005, 2011 and 2018 lists and input from other sources. We think the following list of string is not exhaustive by any means: Manx Shearwater, Arctic Skua, Great Skua, Fulmar, Gannet, Velvet Scoter, Purple Sandpiper, Goshawk, Rough Legged Buzzard, Montagu’s Harrier, Hooded Crow, Bee-eater, Woodlark, Twite, Marsh Warbler, Savi’s Warbler, Paddyfield Warbler, Lady Amherst’s Pheasant. Some of these birds he has now seen in Herts. In his 2005 list he was not sure if he had seen Green-winged Teal or not, but it was on his 2011 list. However it was not on his 2018 list.

His current Herts bubo list which still contains fabrications can be found by clicking on 2018 listNote that George will go through county reports/lists to see what birds he can pretend to have seen. However sometimes these birds are not twichable for various reasons. 

There are other claims we also suspect e.g. Night Heron. In his 2018 list it says: “A roosting and feeding juvenile on the cress beds 8 December 1971”. The 8th December is a Wednesday when George should have been be at school aged 11 as he was born in October 1960. However sometimes he gives different dates e.g. an editorial written by George says “My next rarity was a Night Heron in Lemsford Springs in 1970”. The BBRC report gives 28th Nov 71 to 19th Feb 72.

Why does George keep on giving different dates for different birds when he claims to have good recording skills. In the book “Behind the binoculars” he states “I began collating field notes from my earliest outings in 1968 …. I was obsessed about taking notes as much as I was about actually seeing those birds, and kept a meticulous record of them in foolscap”. Elsewhere he says: “I keep meticulous notes on all of the birds that I see.”

On the subject of dates, George claims different dates of when he started birding so take your pick. For example, George claims to have been birding from at least the age of 4 (i.e. 44 – 40). [from Herts email group: 25 Feb 2005, Subject: Re: Re: Goshawk ……”I have been in active birding in Britain for over 40 years”]. He “become interested in birds at the age of eight”. “I have been birding since 1969”. 

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The real 2018 BOU no. 1 lister (14/1/19)

This is a bit of a deja vu moment againGeorge is claiming to be the joint number 1 BOU record holder for 2018.

We know for certain George did not see at least 2 birds. We have witnesses to this fact. This is a bit like his 2017 list where we knew he did not see some birds but we could not name the birds because George would then know who gave us the information. There is also another 1 bird that almost certainly he did not see and another 1 he probably did not see.

We also note he is counting a duff White Stork. Although George claims it had a metal ring the same bird ended up in Cambridgeshire where the ring was shown to be a red plastic ring (as some had claimed from the start – it was first seen in Cambridgeshire in March). As of January 2019 the same bird is still present at Welney, Norfolk.

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Although George is claiming 322 on Bubo we note that on Birdtrack he is claiming 321. We also believe not all the birds he puts into Birdtrack he has seen.

Given that Geoff Keen is on 322 and George is on less than 322 we declare that the real BOU 1 record holder for 2018 to be Geoff Keen. Well done Geoff.

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When checking his 2018 list we came across his claim of a Penduline Tit at Tyttenhanger GP. More on that in the above post. 

By the way George loves updating his BOU Bubo list very late in the day. Before December his 2018 BOU Bubo list was on 250, then at the end of December it suddenly jumped up to 322!! Leaving it so late means birders memories might fade, etc. It would help if George updated his list on Bubo every month and included for each scarce bird the location and date, but we will not hold our breath.

The last post? (12/1/19)

This blog has achieved its aims so we have decided to significantly reduce the number of new posts. 

We have shown that George (i.e. Lee G R Evans twitter @LeeEvansBirding i.e. https://twitter.com/LeeEvansBirdingis a compulsive fabricator, liar and cheat on an extraordinary scale so birders do need to question anything he claims. He has stopped updating his fictitious UK400 and top 10 listers totals. The real top 10 is shown hereThe following gives the reader some idea what George is like but its not exhaustive!!

George has given death threats which is a criminal offence to a number of people. Some of these conversations have been recorded and handed over to the police. On at least one occasion he was given a police caution.

He has many times rang a birder’s boss to get the rival into trouble, e.g. saying they are talking sickies when they are year-listing, e.g. developing anti-LGRE websites in company time, e.g. suppressing bird news from bird news providers. This has resulted in at least 1 birder having a nervous breakdown and another losing his job and others giving up their year-listing.

He has been found out a vast number of times claiming birds that he did not see. E.g, Danes Dyke Blackpoll Warbler, Scratby Hall Hume’s Warbler, Murcar Beach American White-winged Scoter. Sometimes he invents an extensive cover story to make it sound more convincing e.g. Lundy Ruppell’s Warbler. See this post for details & associated Hilter video.

He has gone through many county bird reports claiming birds he did not see. George has outrageously claimed I am in the Top 10 of virtually every individual county list in Britain.” Britain i.e. England, Scotland and Wales has just over 90 counties. Scotland counties were replaced by 32 Council Areas which are roughly equivalent to counties.

Most years George claims to be the UK number 1 year list record holder when in practice the record very often it belongs to someone else. The self-appointed ‘judge, jury & executioner’ & ‘policeman’ of birding sets himself as an adjudicator of rival year-listers lists (e.g. Adrian Webb). George has knocked valid birds off their lists but added lots of string and duff birds on to his list. In the past he has given witness names which has been proven to be false e.g. here

Have a look at this from someone who travelled extensively with George it includes If people start from the premise that LGRE is ‘normal’ and recognises ordinary concepts such as morality, integrity, honesty and the interests of others, they are making a serious mistake.” 

George has claimed to be the number 1 Western Palearctic life and year lister, both of which have never been true. Have a look at this.

Some think George is a psychopath or demonstrates in pure form every single symptom of the narcissistic personality disorder. We believe he is very Trump like.

Many believe that George is a racist although he claims he is not. However he puts out racist like tweets (e.g. at least 10 species of humans , welcome to Lutonstan which is a First Britain video). George stated on twitter that he is very far right wing and claimed that he launched the British fascist political organisation ‘Britain First’. However Wikipedia does not mention that George was a founder member!!

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“Been involved in at least 11 major car crashes which have resulted in several fatalities.”… “11 people died” …. “it’s just part of the birding game, when you’ve been in as many accidents as I have, you don’t worry about it”. There have been no fatalities. George claimed in 1996 that the police monitored his car in 1987 on the A90 between Perth and Aberdeen doing “117 miles in 46 minutes”. “For breaking the British record, he was banned” from driving. That means an average of 152 mph! We don’t know if this drive included the 4 miles or so of the built-up area of Dundee.

He makes false health claims to get the sympathy vote. For example, e.g. “I have been suffering again from malaria problems and have been too ill to answer the Emails. I am also suffering badly from a brain tumour which is seriously affecting my sight and speech and causing me ongoing migraine (I am too frightened to have it removed as the sight in my only remaining eye may well be affected by the operation).” His pancreatic cancer, which is normally terminal, “I might not last beyond XMAS (2013). “I wonder seriously if the overuse of mobile phones speeds up the demise of your brain cells or whether I just have the early signs of dementure.” He also plays the sympathy card at other times “I’m toying with the idea of leaving social media in 2019 – it is just too damn depressing. Life’s too short to be reading all of this nonsense. I have spent 50 years in birding yet seemingly yield nil respect. I’ve had enough. I can see why so many people resort to committing suicide these days, the vitriol and hatred being espoused simply unbelievable. Hay-ho”

He has pretended to be bankrupt to get out of paying many hundreds of pounds to birders. “declared my bankruptcy petition with losses of £109,172.00.” We have checked with the authorities, he has not been made bankrupt or has an IVA. Here is one version of his fictitious claims on his stolen car and contents: “I lost £26,000 through that theft…… “I put my magazines in a sack and was carrying it to the Post Office counter when 2 yobboes jumped in the car and sped off the boot still up. … it had absolutely everything of mine in it, including a laptop computer with new big book on it – nine years’ work! There were telescopes – an unopened Nikon and an Optolyth made specially for me – 2 pairs of Leica binoculars, cameras…but the biggest problem was that I lost the whole stock of a new book (Rare Birds of Norfolk) – £60,000 (sic) worth which I had to pay for in 90 days. It was all burnt.” “They drove my car into a sign called The Lee, which has got a picture of a little Firecrest on a wooden plinth next to it, and they stoked underneath the vehicle with my books and set fire to it. The police identified the car from the engine number and from the remains of my books flying around in the wind”. He also claimed “Unfortunately, because the keys were inside the vehicle when it was stolen, the insurance company refused to pay out and in total I lost in the region of £36,000.”

George is a one man band who makes decisions on what goes on the list based on what advantage it will give him over his close rivals (e.g. Scillies Amur Wagtail, Bicknell’s Thrush, etc). There have been occasions where George has claimed that he had spoken to one of his “UK400 listed advisors” but the “advisor” knew nothing about it. Some were not aware they were a UK400 advisor! Also “the ultimate decision is mine” and that he has “gone against” the advisor’s decision. “Being a one-man band, it is clear that I am going to upset people with my decisions”. Yes a one man band with no committee. Regarding George’s taxonomic decisions Alex Lees had a go with George here.

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Old information not on this site can be found on the extensive ex-website “The Truth on LGRE”. To get to this information one must go via an archive site. Go to http://archive.org/web and type the following into the  box http://www.webbsteve.freeserve.co.uk then press BROWSE HISTORY, & select the 2008, 2006, 2003 versions. This freeserve site cannot be accessed directly!!

Here are 4 Hitler videos on George which are based on facts and fiction: The biggest list of all timeI got the biggest of all time, At all costs I will stay in the top 10, I need the Lundy Ruppell’s Warbler. 

Here are 2 general videos on George: TWITCHERS for BBC, Twitchers A Very British Obsession. However this last video is rather long and some of the best quotes can be found on Of Pies and Birds post.

The real Top 10 UK Listers (30/12/18)

The real “top 10 UK Listers Birders” is radically different to George’s claims.

When George updates the UK400 Club listers totals he uses guesswork resulting in quite a number of birders list totals being way out. Most have never submitted their list to George. He stated “To see more of this List” (i.e. below the top 10)  “- down to 1,000th position in fact, you have to join the prestigious British Birding Association/UK400 Club – £25 annual subscription”!! Note the UK400 club includes Irish records as well.

The UK400 Top 10 listers/twitchers totals are also mainly based on guesswork resulting in the ordering of the listers being wildly wrong. The UK400 top 10 as of 9/9/16 in numeric order according to George were: no. 1. Steve Gantlett, 2. Mel Billington, 3. Chris Heard, 4. David Oddy (i.e. Steve Webb), 5. Lee Evans, 6. John Regan, 7. Ron Johns, 8. Neil Alford, 9. Gerry Warne, 10. Chris Bell.

From Oct 2017 onwards we asked a number of high listers what species they had seen on their BOU/IRBC list. We also looked at www.bubo.org at the BOU/IRBC list on a regular basis e.g. on 15/12/18, Steve Webb had 570, Brett Richards 562, Paul Chapman 562. We also took into consideration list cheating.

The Top 10 BOU/IRBC listers is very different to George’s UK400 Top 10. In surname order they are: Mel Billington, Paul Chapman, Lee Evans, Steve Gantlett, Chris Heard, John Hewitt, John Regan, Brett Richards, Gerry Warne, Steve Webb.

Also the numeric order is very different e.g. Billington is no. 10 (and not no. 2), George no. 9 (and not no. 5). Steve Webb no. 1 (and not no. 4). Steve stated on bubo “No. 1 on BOU/IRBC list by mid 2008. As of 15/12/18 still no. 1.”

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Although George ‘claimed’ he was in the UK400 top 10 in the 1980’s and 1990’s he was NOT in the combined BOU/IRBC top 10. George has never published a full UK400 detailed species list so its impossible to know exactly what he is claiming. However we know he counts birds that are not accepted by BOU/BBRC e.g. Scillies Amur Wagtail, Bickell’s Thrush.

We encourage everyone to put their combined list on https://www.bubo.org so its clear to all what birders are counting at the species level and also what their totals are.

The following was from http://bbabirding.blogspot.co.uk (note David Oddy = Steve Webb) :

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The BOURC has historically maintained a British and Irish list. Wikipedia states “For many years, records of IRBC-assessed rarities were included in the BOURC’s reports, but this ceased in 2002, at the request of IRBC”. All top listers started listing well before this date and many go back to the 1970s or earlier when it was popular to keep a combined list. Even today many/most of the top listers do not keep a BOU only list.

BOU & UK400 life list claims (8/10/17)

On 1/10/17 on Facebook George stated “My UK Life List is 582 (UK400 Club) 564 (BOU)”. Both of these claims as you would expect are fiction. For BOU only we think its 549.

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The UK400 club contrary to its UK title actually includes Irish records as well – some Irish birders are not too happy about this! So although George stated a BOU total he might be referring to his combined Britain and Ireland list (BOU/IRBC) which is 554 (i.e. 566 – 13 +1 = 554 – see details below).

Assuming George’s claim is referring to a combined BOU/IRBC total of 564 this is just 2 behind Steve Webb’s combined list of 566 as of 8th Oct. 2017. Steve has been the number 1 BOU/IRBC lister since 2008.

Steve’s list (i.e. here) is on bubo so its not just a total but a breakdown to the species level. George has never published a full combined list to the species level. By looking at Steve’s list and knowing what birds they have seen over each other it is possible to get a very good idea of George’s real total.

As of 8/10/17 on the combined list there are 13 birds that Steve has seen that George has not. George has only seen 1 accepted bird over Steve. The 13 birds are Caspian Plover, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Eastern Kingbird, Purple Martin, Grey Catbird, White-crowned Black Wheatear, Green Warbler, Thick-billed Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Chestnut Bunting, Brown-headed Cowbird, Indigo Bunting, Lammergeier (which is on Steve’s Bubo’s list because Bubo allows pending birds). Bubo only allows birds at the species level so does not include Fea’s/Desertas.

George has accepted the Lammergeier as a real bird. He stated on Facebook on 15/10/16 “This includes no fewer than EIGHT new additions to the list: Dalmatian Pelican, ….. Lammergeier, …”.

In a 1991 Birding World article Evans stated that he has not seen Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. We agree with that statement. However Evans claimed to be on the Isles of Scillies when the Sapsucker was there. Evans wrote the following “Then in 1975, Barry …… introduced him to autumn birding on St. Agnes”. 

George has 1 accepted record that Steve has not seen which is Moltoni’s Warbler. Although George has claimed Barolo Shearwater and Yelkouan Shearwater on the same seawatch off Pendeen in 2009 neither bird has been submitted to BBRC. The claimed Barolo was only seen by a few people of the large gathering and the Yelkouan was seen by even less. There has only been accepted 1 record of Yelkouan and that was photographed! 

George claims he saw the Indigo Bunting on Ramsey Island the only accepted BOU record. This bird was there from the 18th to 26th October. George and many others at the time were on the Scillies. Some birders came off on Saturday the 19th and saw the bird on the 20th which involved a charter boat to Ramsey which was a difficult boat crossing. George was not there on the 20th. We think George came off Scillies on Saturday the 26th and missed the bird. Please send us a comment if you know otherwise. In this post we have assumed George did not see this bunting.

Note that there are a couple of records where we have given George the benefit of the doubt but its possible that he pretended to have seen them instead. If George thinks that any of the above is incorrect we suggest that he publishes his full combined list on bubo with if possible witnesses.

It is not possible to determine George’s real UK400 total because he has never published a full UK400 list. He published on 31/12/16 on bubo a UK400 life list that showed only 338 birds. However we are aware that George has quite a lot of string on his UK400 life list. We also know that he counts birds that are not accepted by BOU/BBRC e.g. Scillies Amur Wagtail, Bickell’s Thrush.

It’s about time George published his full UK400 list on bubo so we can do a post on that as well.

George has a habit of creating fictional bird totals for himself and others. For example, “The Top 10 Listing Birders in the UK” is a fictional list of UK400 totals. It is also not helped by the fact that a number of these birders have also cheated on their totals. George is not only one in the “top 10” that claims birds they have not seen.

This top 10 list shows a David Oddy at no. 4. It states “David Oddy, once of Surrey but now in a caravan in Yorkshire, arguably one of the least deserving of such a high accolade, on 592 species”. This person is actually Steve Webb. Steve registered a complaint to the Data Protection Information Commissioner’s Office because George was using Steve’s list data without Steve’s permission and also giving the wrong total for him. This resulted in George not putting the name Steve Webb in the totals list but instead calling him The Invisible Man. Then later George changed this to David Oddy.

Its not too surprising that George does not like Steve Webb because Steve use to run an anti-LGRE website called “The Truth on LGRE” which exposed George as a fraud and compulsive lair.

On the combined BOU/IRBC, Steve is on 566 and George 554 which is a difference of 12. However David Oddy is shown on the UK400 top 10 totals list (as of 9/9/16) with 592 and George with 588 which is ONLY a difference of 4!!

It has been noted by some birders that if George likes you he marks your total up and if he dislikes you he marks your total down!!

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Welcome to Lutonstan (30/12/18)

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George (LRGE) posted the above which also included a link to the video on his Facebook account stating “I knew this subject would be controversial but as I have strong concerns about the situation……Nobody will spend more time in the company of these trusted friends as I do but to say multiculturism is working in this country is a misnomer. I’m not going to get involved in a heated discussion about this because all that will be said is that I am a racist but trust me, working at first-hand, this will not end happily.”

Not surprisingly there were a wide range of comments including “Posting a Britain First reference to ‘Lutonstan’ and claiming not to be racist is the sign of a very confused man. You’re not racist but will share, promote and explicitly defend the platform and policies of an avowedly racist group, who have an entire paramilitary wing dedicated to intimidation and violence and whose members include M.P Jo Cox’s murderer? Hmmm”

George has said that he is very far right wing and has make some outlandish claims:

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Although George claims not to be racist he has put out a number of strange tweets e.g. “at least 10 species of humans“, e.g. “the majority of the 23,000 are so-called “British” born and bred here. But yes, send them back to Syria for the Kurds to sort out.”

 

The real 2017 BOU no. 1 lister (12/1/19)

This post mainly deals with George’s and Graham Jepson’s 2017 BOU list.

On bubo i.e. here, it shows George at no. 1 with 349 but that includes the plastics and strung birds mentioned below. There are also other birds not mentioned below that we suspect George did not see as well. His nearest rival Graham Jepson had 340 but his list is plastic free. So the real no. 1 is in fact Graham Jepson!! Well done Graham.

Does the above sound familiar? On many occasions George has claimed to be the no. 1 UK lister when the record belonged to someone else e.g. Adrian Webb, Richard Bonser, Anthony Brydges, Mark Marshall, Bob Walthew, Matt Mulvey, Sean Brown, Julian Thomas, Ian Robinson, Andy Stockhausen. There are many others as well but we can’t be bothered to name them all.

Compared to his 2016 list it was much more difficult to prove what scarce birds he had seen because he did NOT provide any details (i.e. NO dates, locations, witnesses or comments). However Graham Jepson did supply dates for his scare birds. 

The following is mainly in chronological order:
George’s has Cackling Geese for the 24/2/2017. George stated on twitter “Family party of Dutch Cackling Geese still present in the Cuckmere this afternoon with the Barnacle Geese that also came from Holland.” Someone replied: “Only 4 ‘pure’ Cackling surely?” George’s replied “Yes, but who were the parents of the 5 young?!!” Netherlands has a feral population but there is no certain evidence that these 9 birds came from there.

George claimed on bubo that he had seen Golden Eagle by the end of March. We are at a loss of when and where George saw this because we had a tip off that none of the other participants on the Round Britain tours saw Golden Eagle.

George claimed on bubo that he had seen White Stork in April. Yet another plastic for his totals!! On 6/4/17 on Facebook it shows that he saw the Sackers Green, White Stork. As of mid June we are not aware of a real White Stork for 2017. E.g. Rare Bird Alert in their weekly birding roundup articles said all the White Storks in East Anglia and nearby for April were plastic. George also stated on Facebook Yet another UK rarity of unknown origin. In fact, you may as well give up as far as WHITE STORKS are concerned. In addition to at least three free-flying colonies in the UK, there is the problem of rehabilitated injured birds, a large number of reintroduction birds on the Close Continent and any number of foreign escapes from Zoos & collections. This particular bird currently in Suffolk (… Sackers Green …) is unringed but has extensive damage to its flight feathers, either picked up in captivity or taken on during migration where White Storks are shot upon”. 

George’s bubo list shows for the 19/05/2017 a Bufflehead at Potter Heigham Marshes with the comment “A female of presumably captive origin – apparently has a plastic ring (per Barry Jarvis)”. Rare Bird Alert stated it was an escape.

Each year George includes plastics on his claimed total to boost his yearly tally. But George does not like others counting possible escapes even when they are not escapes!!

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By end of May he also claimed Ptarmigan which we do believe he saw. It was not seen on his Jan/Feb Scottish tour. We suggest he adds at least one witness for this species to his 2017 BOU list

Also a Red-breasted Goose is on George’s list for 11th June at Newbury with the comment “An unringed adult of unknown but very likely captive origin”. BBRC have never accepted a summer record.

Yet another plastic this time a Great Bustard on 22nd Sept, “a female banded in 2016”.

We also have evidence that he did not see two particular birds. However if we mention the species George will know who are the witnesses so we are not going to give further details.

We strongly suspect that George did not see other birds as well which are not mentioned in this post at the moment. It can be quite difficult to prove a negative.

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