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Tuesday, 3 March 2009

With the addition of IVORY GULL (with an adult on North Uist and today's first-year in County Cork) and PACIFIC DIVER (a returning bird in SW Wales very briefly) and incoming migrants Little Ringed Plover (in Hampshire), Sand Martin and Northern Wheatear, the total number of species recorded in Britain and Ireland in 2009 rises to 256 species. Four species have been recorded in IRELAND only (American Black Duck, North American Herring Gull, Forster's Tern and Great Spotted Cuckoo).