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Tuesday 23rd July 2019  
 

A Black Kite flew over Fordingbridge and Breamore in Hampshire. 11 Two-barred Crossbills in Shetland included six new birds.

The wader contingent was still strong, with Collared Pratincole in Co.Donegal, Semipalmated Sandpiper in Norfolk, White-rumped Sandpipers in Lincolnshire and Western Isles, Pacific Golden Plover in Northumberland, Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire and Lesser Yellowlegs in Kent. Other continuing rarities were the Bonaparte's Gull in Kent, Savi's Warbler in Anglesey, Forster's Tern in Co.Louth and Ferruginous Duck in Sussex.

Today's scarcities included Shorelark (Orkney), Serin (East Yorkshire), 26 Balearic Shearwaters, Pomarine Skua (Western Isles) and two Glaucous Gulls.
David Campbell, RBA
Monday 22nd July 2019  
 

New finds today included Collared Pratincole at Blanket Nook in Co.Donegal, Pallid Swift past Flamborough Head in East Yorkshire and White-rumped Sandpiper on Vatersay in Western Isles. Two Wilson's Petrels were the highlight of an evening pelagic in Scilly waters.

Pacific Golden Plovers were still in Norfolk and Northumberland, while one of the White-rumped Sandpipers remained in Lincolnshire alongside the Long-billed Dowitcher. Other continuing rarities included Semipalmated Sandpiper in Norfolk, Lesser Yellowlegs and Bonaparte's Gull in Kent, and two Two-barred Crossbills in Shetland. Co.Louth once again hosted the regular Forster's Tern at Soldier's Point.

Backup came in the form of Grey-headed Wagtail and Shorelark (both Orkney), Ring-necked Duck (Denbighshire), Glossy Ibis (Devon), nine Cory's Shearwaters, Great Shearwater (Scilly), 131 Balearic Shearwaters, Leach's Petrel (Gwynedd), Long-tailed Skua (Norfolk) and Pomarine Skua (Devon).
David Campbell, RBA
Sunday 21st July 2019  
 

The number of Pacific Golden Plovers in the country doubled with a new arrival in the evening on Holy Island in Northumberland; meanwhile, the Norfolk bird continued its stay at Breydon Water. Neither of the day's Two-barred Crossbills were in Shetland, with birds at St.John's Loch in Highland and over Titchwell in Norfolk.

Two Wilson's Petrels were seen from a boat in Co.Cork waters off Cape Clear. There was late news of a colour-ringed second-winter Baltic Gull in Suffolk at Orford Ness on Friday.

Other rarities reported today were the Semipalmated Sandpiper in Norfolk, White-rumped Sandpiper and Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire, Savi's Warbler in Anglesley, Lesser Yellowlegs and Bonaparte's Gull in Kent, Black Duck and King Eider in Highland, Blue-winged Teal in Clyde and Ferruginous Duck in Sussex.

The day's supporting cast involved Red-backed Shrike (Sussex), Serin (Kent), two Temminck's Stints (Lincolnshire and Essex), Grey-headed Wagtail and Shorelark (both Orkney), three Great Shearwaters (one in Cornwall and two in Co.Cork), 174 Cory's Shearwaters (all Co.Cork), seven Balearic Shearwaters, White Stork (Buckinghamshire), Glossy Ibis (Devon) and five notable Roseate Terns (four in Devon, one in London).
David Campbell, RBA
Saturday 20th July 2019  
  Frampton Marsh RSPB in Lincolnshire continued its excellent run, with the arrival of two adult White-rumped Sandpipers, with the lingering Long-billed Dowitcher still on site. Elsewhere, a Black Kite flew over Frampton Pools, Gloucestershire.

Lingering rarities included the Semipalmated Sandpiper and Pacific Golden Plover in Norfolk, Lesser Yellowlegs and Bonaparte's Gull in Kent, Savi's Warbler in Anglesey, Blue-winged Teal in Clyde, King Eider in Highland and Ferruginous Duck in Sussex.

Scarcity highlights included a Grey-headed Wagtail, two Serins, a Purple Heron, a Honey Buzzard, a Ring-necked Duck, a Surf Scoter, a Cory's Shearwater and three Balearic Shearwaters.
Will Soar, RBA
Friday 19th July 2019  
  New discoveries today included a Semipalmated Sandpiper at Titchwell RSPB, Norfolk, a Long-billed Dowitcher at Frampton Marshes RSPB, Lincolnshire, a Caspian Tern at Pendeen, Cornwall and a Two-barred Crossbill at St John's Pool, Highland.

Lingering rarities included the Pacific Golden Plover in Norfolk, Long-billed Dowitcher in County Antrim, Lesser Yellowlegs and Bonaparte's Gull in Kent, three Two-barred Crossbills in Shetland and Ferruginous Duck in Sussex.

Scarcity highlights included a Serin, two Rose-coloured Starlings, a Purple Heron, a Glossy Ibis, a Pectoral Sandpiper, a Surf Scoter, a Sabine's Gull, four Cory's Shearwaters and a Honey Buzzard.
Will Soar, RBA
Thursday 18th July 2019  
 

A Pacific Golden Plover was found at Breydon Water in Norfolk. 14 Two-barred Crossbills in Shetland included 10 new arrivals; another was on North Ronaldsay in Orkney.

The two White-rumped Sandpipers were still in Aberdeenshire, while other stayers were included the Long-billed Dowitcher in Co.Antrim, Lesser Yellowlegs and Bonaparte's Gull in Kent, Pied-billed Grebe in Argyll, Blue-winged Teal in Clyde and Ferruginous Duck in Sussex.

The day's supporting cast comprised Rose-coloured Starling (Shetland), two Pectoral Sandpipers (Sussex and Co.Donegal), Ring-billed Gull (Co.Cork), three Cory's Shearwaters (Cornwall) and two Glossy Ibises.
David Campbell, RBA
Wednesday 17th July 2019  
 

The highlight of the day was the discovery of two White-rumped Sandpipers together in Aberdeenshire at Loch of Strathbeg. A Black Kite flew over Brading Marshes on the Isle of Wight. Rarities elsewhere comprised the Long-billed Dowitcher again in County Antrim at Belfast Lough, both Lesser Yellowlegs and Bonaparte's Gull still together in Kent, Ferruginous Duck still in East Sussex, a Black Kite reported in Nottinghamshire and a total of seven Two-barred Crossbills on the Shetland Isles.

Scarcities included Ring-billed Gull (Cornwall), two Pectoral Sandpipers (Co.Donegal and East Sussex), Shorelark (Orkney Isles), two Surf Scoters (together in Lothian), Serin (Kent) and three Glossy Ibises (North Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and Gwent).

 
Chris Batty, RBA
Tuesday 16th July 2019  
 



Late in the day, a female Red-footed Falcon was encountered on roadside wires south of West Ayton in North Yorkshire. 10 Two-barred Crossbills in Shetland included six new birds.

Ongoing rarities were Arctic Warbler on Fair Isle, the Lesser Yellowlegs and Bonaparte's Gull in Kent, Ferruginous Duck in Sussex and Savi's Warbler in Anglesey.

Scarcities were limited to three Pectoral Sandpipers (Lancashire, Sussex and Co.Donegal), Serin (Kent), three Balearic Shearwaters (Dorset), Leach's Petrel (Fair Isle) and Pomarine Skua (Fife).
David Campbell, RBA
Monday 15th July 2019  
 

The highlight of the day was an unidentified orange-billed tern species seen briefly at Kilnsea, East Yorkshire.

Rarities elsewhere comprised a Blue-winged Teal still in Clyde, Lesser Yellowlegs and Bonaparte's Gull together in Kent, Ferruginous Duck in East Sussex, and on the Shetland Isles a total of 37 Two-barred Crossbills noted at five sites including a flock of 18 at Stromfirth, Mainland.

Scarcities included Rose-coloured Starling (Western Isles), Purple Heron (Suffolk), two Pectoral Sandpipers (East Sussex and Lancashire) and two Glossy Ibises (Devon and Merseyside).
Chris Batty, RBA
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