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Thursday, 9 May 2013

May is hotting up

For a second day, a (WHITE-) COLLARED FLYCATCHER is showing well in Northumberland 10 miles NNE of Alnwick at Low Newton-by-the-Sea on the gorse bank opposite the tin church

Meanwhile yesterday saw a female ORTOLAN BUNTING on the causeway at Longham Lakes, just north of Bournemouth (Dorset), a SQUACCO HERON NW of Looe at Lanreath (Cornwall), a flock of 8 EUROPEAN BEE-EATERS at Briningham (NE of Swanton Novers) briefly, a GREATER SHORT-TOED LARK on St Mary's Airfield (Scilly) (where also a WESTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER and a WOODCHAT), a male RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER at Grutness (Shetland), an ICTERINE WARBLER and THRUSH NIGHTINGALE on Fair Isle (Shetland), a WOODCHAT SHRIKE at Penlee Quarry, Newlyn (Cornwall) and a HOOPOE at Balranald, North Uist (Outer Hebrides). The adult male RED-FOOTED FALCON continues at Lakenheath Fen RSPB (Suffolk).

A trickle of POMARINE SKUAS is moving east along the Channel with 19 so far past Portland Bill and Dungeness, a similar number past Seaford (East Sussex) and smaller totals elsewhere, whilst the first passage TEMMINCK'S STINTS are starting to come through and trips of DOTTEREL are appearing.