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Tuesday, 2 April 2013

When will this winter ever end?

Yet another male WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT recorded today - this one at Melksham in Wiltshire - whilst 5 remain with singles on the Isle of Wight at St Helen's Duver, in the Observatory Garden at Portland and along Chesil Beach (Dorset), at Bockhill Farm, St Margaret's-at-Cliffe and at Samphire Hoe Country Park, Dover (Kent). The Dawlish Warren NNR (South Devon) HOOPOE remains for a second day, whilst a major surge of White Wagtails, Ring Ouzels, Black Redstarts and Northern Wheatears is being felt.

In West Norfolk, the juvenile WHITE-TAILED SEA EAGLE reappeared this evening over Roydon Common, whilst at least 1 ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD continues at Haddiscoe Levels (Norfolk)

In the far North, the drake HARLEQUIN DUCK remains on North Uist at Traigh Iar (Outer Hebrides), with WHITE-BILLED DIVERS on South Ronaldsay (Orkney), Butt of Lewis (Outer Hebrides) (2) and Portsoy Harbour (Aberdeenshire) (3).

Lots and lots of rare wildfowl lingering in the south and west, including 6 or more drake LESSER SCAUPS, drake FERRUGINOUS DUCK at Otmoor RSPB (Oxon) and RED-BREASTED GOOSE at Farlington Marsh (Hants).

The two male KENTISH PLOVERS remain at Rye Harbour NR (East Sussex) and the male PENDULINE TIT at Stodmarsh NNR (Kent).