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George posted the above which included a link to this 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”

Although George claims not to be racist putting out tweets that there are at least 10 species of humans and other comments shown in this post are not helpful.

2017 UK year list (16/7/17)

The previous post dealt with George’s recent UK year lists on bubo and also his AERC WP life list. This post only deals with George’s bubo 2017 UK BOU list as there is no UK400 2017 list!

Compared to his 2016 list it is much more difficult to prove what birds George has seen because for scarce birds he is now NOT providing any details (e.g. dates, locations, witnesses, comments). E.g. the following have no details: Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked duck, Ferruginous Duck, Surf Scoter, White Stork, Night-heron, Kentish Plover, WWBT, Hoopoe, Red-footed Falcon, Red-rumped Swallow, Pallas’s, YBW, Rose-coloured Starling, Richard’s Pipit, Little Bunting, etc.

By not putting in the details, George has a much better chance of adding birds to his list that he did not see and not be found out. For 2016, because George put in dates we proved, e.g., that he did NOT see American White-winged Scoter on 2/7/2016 and Hume’s YBW on 9/12/2016 as claimed on his bubo list. He also fabricated other 2016 ‘records’. So we appreciate information being sent in on George’s real activities. 

In May, George claimed that in 2017 he obtained “My fastest ever UK400 300.” However George has not published a UK400 list so we have no idea what the extra birds are.

The Stow Blue Rock Thrush is on his BOU 2017 list and UK400 2016 year list even though he claimed it was an escape in 2016/2017. For example, George stated on twitter on 3/1/17 “Adult male Blue Rock Thrush of presumably captive origin still present”.

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 (GE) by the end of March. We are at a loss of when and where George saw GE because we had a tip off that none of the other participants on the ‘Round Britain’ trip saw GE. This is the only trip that we are aware of where George was in GE territory before March.

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 plastics are included in his claimed total to boost his yearly total. But George does not like others counting possible escapes even when they are not escapes!!


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”. Yet another plastic to boost his totals!! BOURC/BB have never accepted a summer record.

List accuracy (1/6/17)

The following is from a UK400 Editorial (see post below) where the policeman of birding stated “Like it or not, birding attracts a disproportionate number of fabricators and it is my job to make sure that the national bird record archives is not distorted by these claims. I am passionate about bird records and wish to give an accurate representation of what has been seen….I am a perfectionist and strive to make accurate and fully comprehensive reports …. it is beneficial to us all that only definite claims are accepted.” Elsewhere he has stated “I keep meticulous notes on all of the birds that I see and record even every Song Thrush and Lesser Black-backed Gull.”

We all know who is the biggest fabricator!! Only in recent years has George been putting his lists on bubo. His key bubo life lists are totally inadequate e.g. the UK400 life list only gives 338 out his claimed around 590 birds, missing out the key birds. His AERC WP life list only has 618 birds and states “A work in progress; 200 or so vagrants to add to list”, again missing out the key birds. This is not helpful for someone who has claimed to be the number one WP life lister and states on his website he has seen 880 birds. 

His UK400 year lists are not exactly accurate either. Lets start with his UK400 2013 year list and then move on to later ones. Remember that the following examples are boosting his year list totals as each record adds yet one more to his year tally. George would not be happy if a rival counted some of these. George has even accused rivals of counting escapes when they have turned out to be real birds and accepted by the BBRC (e.g. Adrian Webb’s Black Kite).

On 23/6/2009, George rejected the Dorset Hooded Merganser with the details here – “After much deliberation, the drake HOODED MERGANSER …has now been formally accepted on to Category D1 … The bird therefore becomes UNCOUNTABLE on any UK400 Club day, life, county or year lists.” But that did not stop George counting it on his 2013 year list for 13/3/2013. 

Ross’s Snow Goose on 3/12/2013, Marshside Marsh RSPB, Lancs, George stated “A first-winter of unknown origin with Mallards”. This stayed around Marshside and nearby sites for nearly 4 years and then it was believed to have died.

Black-winged Stilt on 15/3/2014, Castle Mills. On 2014 year list George stated “bearing an orange ring indicating captive origin”. There were quite a number of escapes that year.

Ross’s Snow Goose on 8/4/2014, Wilstone Reservoir (Tring). George stated “first-winter of presumably captive origin with Greylag Geese”. This was regarded by many as an escape.

Bufflehead on 29/10/2015 at Priory Country Park, Bedford. On his 2015 list George stated this “first-winter drake bearing a metal ring on its right leg”. Of course UK400 (i.e. George) can count what he likes but we prefer BBRC views and they rejected it.

A resident pair of Ruddy Shelduck on 20/2/2015 and 26/7/2016 at Pitsford Reservoir. These were counted on his 2015 list and 2016 list and George even stated in 2016 “Perhaps now of highly dubious origin as seemingly resident now”.

Looking at George’s 2016 UK400 list on bubo we found 9 errors and/or probable fabrications. Some of these are discussed below.

Since 2016, George has been sending twitter messages from Little Charfont which are time stamped. This has shown that he did not see the American White-winged Scoter on 2/7/2016 at Murcar Beach, Aberdeenshire and the Scratby Hall Hume’s YBW on 9/12/2016. We believe he didn’t see these 2 birds on any date.

George strung his only record of Rustic Bunting for 2016. He was at Kilnsea on the 6/10/2016 but there are witnesses who say he did not see it. George needs to supply witnesses for this record on his year list. 

Also George is claiming Greenish Warbler at Bempton on 6/10/16. There was no Greenish there – it was an Arctic Warbler. Some Arctic’s are very Greenish-like. As George had seen Arctic at Landguard that’s yet another one off his 2016 list! 

George posted on Facebook on 23/2/2017 with the title “Did I throw away a Pale-legged Leaf Warbler last year?” with some good photo’s which included the crown of the Arctic at Bempton on 6/10/16. George received quite a number of comments back. As it looked nothing like a Pale-legged, unsurprisingly no one thought it was one, e.g. “Definitely not a Pale-legged, or Sakhalin Leaf Warbler, would expect a greyish crown among other things.”, e.g. “Well, it is a leaf warbler and it does have pale legs. But i wouldn’t worry too much about this one.”


Stow Blue Rock Thrush on 29/12/2016 is on his UK400 2016 list even though he claimed it was an escape. For example, George stated on twitter on 3/1/17 “Adult male Blue Rock Thrush of presumably captive origin still present”.

Gareth Hughes had 352 for 2016, and George claimed 355. We believe that George got less than 352, which is typical of George of adding a few more on to beat his rivals.

His 2017 listing claims are now in a new post. Below there are 2 comments on Blue Rock Thrush.

The Master list keeper (23/3/17)

The Master list keeper has been keeping a beady eye on Mark Pass’s 2016 year list.

mark pass

Here is a new excellent Hitler video on Mark’s list and of course George. It is a mixture of fact and fiction – a bit like George’s lists. Its at – this website makes it easy to post it onto Facebook.

The rest of this post is background to the Hitler video.

Although George pretends to be a top twitcher, on important megas especially on islands, he does not always go or takes a slow travel option, unlike his rivals. So he has missed many key island birds. Quite a number he has caught up with at a later date but some he still needs (e.g. Eastern Kingbird, Thick-billed Warbler, Brown-headed Cowbird, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Magnolia Warbler, Caspian Plover, Purple Martin). In an attempt not to get left behind the big listers, he pads his list out with birds that are not what he claims them to be (e.g. Scilly Isles Amur Wagtail, Bicknell’s Thrush, etc). When he does year lists, other than his guided tours, he does not twitch Scotland that much. 


Adrian Webb’s all time record of 383 was obtained in 2000 but George knocked it down to 378 with no real justification. George’s 1996 year-list was originally 375. Then in Nov. 2002, he claimed that he had beaten Adrian’s record with 384 birds. His 1996 list had grown by 8 new splits and WH Duck. This claim of 384 birds was not believed. Also he didn’t add any splits or WH Duck to Adrian’s list some of which Adrian did see!! Then a few years later George increased it to 386. 

In 1996 George claimed he had seen 41 YBW, 24 Wryneck, 68 Wood Sand along with other unlikely high bird counts. He claimed for 2016 American WW Scoter and Humes YBW. We believe he didn’t see either of these 2 birds. 

Was George sacked? (18/7/17)

There was speculation that George was sacked from the Birdwatching Magazine because of his racist tweetsOn Feb 13th, George stated on twitter “The magazine couldn’t afford to keep me on I’m afraid” and he “wasn’t prepared to work for £3.12 per hour anymore.” This claimed figure of £3.12 per hour clearly is not true. The minimum wage is £7.20 and anyway freelance contributors are not paid by the hour, but by the number of words e.g. a set figure per 1000 words. We also understand that Birdwatching’s contributor rates are very good.

We also have it on good authority that he was not sacked and it had nothing to do with his political or racist views. So either George is a very slow writer or left of his own accord for some reason, perhaps he was getting a bit greedy.

Stow Blue Rock Thrush (6/8/17)

The self-appointed ‘Judge, Jury and Executioner‘ decided that the Stow Blue Rock Thrush was an escape. Through its stay George was using terms like presumably captive origin, likely captive origin or suspect origin. However the BBRC accepted it as a wild bird and that the Beachy Head bird was the same bird.


The Birdforum Blue Rock Thrush, Gloucs thread stated on 26/2/17: “The Almighty One has decided that the Stow bird is not acceptable to UK400 as it is ‘no different to the Hemel bird and that was not given the benefit of the doubt’. When I said that there was no comparison between the Hemel bird and the Stow bird due to the obvious signs of damage and captivity in the Hemel bird, he’s response to the Hemel bird was that “it was immaculate until it flew into a building and destroyed itself.” Additionally he says there were 12 BRT’s at Bourton-on-the-Water but now they have none because they keep escaping!! And finally because the BRT is now on territory and in sub-song this also makes it an escape (in much the same way that the Devon Desert Wheatear, and Skinningrove EBR are also reportedly in subsong this week!!) ……. We live in an evidence based society, there is no evidence that the Stow bird is an escape.” 

Also on BF: “I finally found a photo of the Hemel bird which LGRE says was in ‘immaculate plumage’ when it arrived until it flew into a building. Apparently it only had one eye and was trailing a substantial amount of string on its leg (the bird that is, not the birder!).”!! Also “the long crossed mandible tips and pronounced (also a deformation?) notch in the culmen about half way along too”.

Birdworld at Bourton-on-the-Water has confirmed that they have not lost a BRT from their collection as they did not have one in the first place. BRT are rare in private collections. Birders who saw the Hemel Hempstead BRT from the very start said it was manky looking, had a dodgy eye, wire wrapped round one leg, and was one of the worst cases of damage they had seen from captivity. Within hours of the news getting out of the Hemel Hempstead BRT, RBA said the bird was duff.

Its odd that George has rejected this BRT when he accepts a large number of plastics e.g. White Pelican, Greater Flamingo, Ross’s Snow Goose, Ruddy Shelduck. Some birders have mentioned that perhaps George rejected the Stow bird to reduce Mark Pass’s all time UK record. For example, have a look at the incredible BirdForum post by Pariah (Owen Foley). Why is George counting this on his 2016 UK400 year list if he thinks its an escape? Have a look at the comment below.

Regarding sub and full song in the winter grounds this is probably a rehearsal for the summer time. They are practising their songs, attempting to improve their own song quality to win the best territory and successfully attract females when they return to the breeding grounds. Have a look at Love Songs for Nobody – Birdsong in Winter

Fake George

Some of George’s attributes are mentioned in this pathological lying article and Trump article. George has faked illnesses, injuries, car accidents, theft, lists, generated sob stories, etc.

“The Truth on LGRE” old ex-website gave some of the fakes. Its web pages can ONLY be seen on an archive website. E.g. go to, then put the following address in the archive search box, press BROWSE HISTORY, & select 2008 version. The are about 12 pages. So we found most of the following, plus we have added more information in brackets:

On April 13th 2004, George stated: “Unfortunately, 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”.

(George also claimed he had pancreatic cancer, which is normally terminal, and stated that he might not last beyond XMAS 2013 which is covered here, and his early signs of dementia covered here. He often uses the sympathy card.)

(Lists have been well covered on this blog, although we do think it’s amusing that some birders seem to think that George’s Top 10 Listing Birders in the UK is factual – the listers’ order & totals are wrong for a number of birders. Why don’t these “top” listers put their list on bubo? Steve Webb stated on bubo “There are a number of “high listers” not on here. I believe quite a number have something to hide.”)

“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 is no evidence of anyone losing their lives.) (Regarding the next topic below i.e. theft, we do not believe any of what George said. Have much do you believe of the following?)

“I lost £26,000 through that theft. I’d just taken delivery of my new book Rare Birds of Norfolk, and it was also the day I had to get my magazine out, so I was down the Post Office in Little Chalfont”. “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 place identified the car from the engine number and from the remains of my books flying around in the wind”

“The Rare Birds book that you ordered from me pre-1997 was part and parcel of my bankruptcy petition at Aylesbury County Court in 2002. As a result of a car theft from outside Little Chalfont Post Office in 1998 I lost everything. Inside the car – a white Vauxhall Cavalier GSi – were three telescopes (two brand new and boxed), two pairs of Leica binoculars, cameras, much birding paraphanelia including a stock of books, a laptop containing the original and only surviving data disc of the book you mentioned and a complete stock of ‘Rare Birds in Norfolk’ that I had just picked up from the printers in Ipswich. All of this was stolen with the car and apart from the books, used to stoke the fire that destroyed the remaining shell of the car, nothing was ever retrieved. 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. After the theft, I tried to carry on in business but the mounting bills spiralled out of control and I had to cease the printing of my UK400 Club magazine ‘Rare Birds’. After two years of trying to keep afloat, I had to accept that I was failing and declared my bankruptcy petition with losses of £109,172.00.”

(In Behind the binoculars book, George gave a different figure of £30,000. George was not made bankrupt. This fabricated theft story was a great way of getting out of paying thousands of pounds of debt to birders for pre-paid books, magazines, bird tours including flights, etc.)

“Been disqualified from driving 4 times”. Country Life stated in 2000, and mentioned in the book: A Bird in the Bush, that George had “driven 3.8 million miles in search of birds”.

(We could be wrong on this, but we are only aware of George being disqualified once. George spends a fair amount of time in the WP so often his claims of extreme different amounts of UK high mileage are just fantasy.)

(On the Thurlestone Desert Wheatear ringing saga, George stated “I’m not one to put up with double standards” which is a typical statement from George, who has many double standards.)