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Sunday, 9 December 2012

The first-winter HORNEMANN'S ARCTIC REDPOLL performed unbelievably today, showing down to just a few feet on the shingle beach just south of Aldeburgh (Suffolk). It was incredibly approachable, delighting upwards of 250 birders during the day; only the second twitchable bird on the Mainland ever.


With this week's adult winter PACIFIC DIVER in Mount's Bay, Marazion (Cornwall), the total number of species recorded this year in Britain and Ireland now increases to 444 species.

An adult drake FALCATED DUCK was discovered today on Farmoor 1 Reservoir (Oxfordshire), keeping to the NW corner

At the north end of Scotland, the female DESERT WHEATEAR continues to show well on the beach near the lighthouse at Rattray Head (Aberdeenshire).

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