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Thursday, 24 June 2010

Total now 369 species

Despite the World Cup, Wimbledon, Glastonbury and other summer events to divert the attentions of the keen birder, these last two weeks of June 2010 have seen some impressive finds. Since my last update, a further EIGHT species have occurred, pushing the total number of species recorded in Britain and Ireland to an impressive 369 in less than six months. The new additions are thus -:

1) Cory's Shearwater

2) WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (at Scatness, Shetland, on 20 June);

3) TEREK SANDPIPER (a well twitched individual on the Rogerstown Estuary, County Dublin, IRELAND);

4) BRIDLED TERN (an adult photographed at East Chevington Pools, Northumberland, on 21 June);

5) CASPIAN TERN (at several sites in North-central and NE Scotland on 19 & 21 June);

6) PADDYFIELD WARBLER (a very confiding bird photographed at Grutness, Shetland, on 21 June);

7) BLYTH'S REED WARBLER (trapped & ringed on Fair Isle)

8) GREENISH WARBLER (two June records)