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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

New total now rises to 318 species

This superb male EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER was present at Scatness, Shetland, for several days and captured fantastically on film by Jim Nicolson
With another good run of rarities and further incoming migrants, the total number of species now recorded in Britain and Ireland in 2009 has now increased to 318 species.

The 19 additions since my last update are -:

NORTH AMERICAN WOOD DUCK (drake on Shetland)
European Honey Buzzard (3 very early migrants)
RED-FOOTED FALCON (reports of up to 7 very early vagrants)
Corncrake (numerous arrivals in Ireland and on Northern Isles)
KENTISH PLOVER (male in Suffolk)
Eurasian Dotterel (several trips including one of 10 birds)
Temminck's Stint (very early bird on Scilly)
Wood Sandpiper (8+)
WHISKERED TERN (unprecedented arrival of 11 birds)
Black Tern (several early migrants)
RED-THROATED PIPIT (Brownsman, Farne Islands)
BLACK-HEADED WAGTAIL (vagrant males in Norfolk and in Northumberland)
Spotted Flycatcher (early migrant at Portland)
RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER (exceptionally early migrant at Dungeness)
WHITE-COLLARED FLYCATCHER (vagrant male at Southwell, Portland)
Golden Oriole (early migrants)
WOODCHAT SHRIKE (singles in Cornwall & Devon and in Ireland)