Daily News Summaries
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Wednesday 15th May 2019  
  The highlight of the day was the discovery of Bee-eaters in both County Down at Ballyquintin Point and in Dorset at Durlston (7) and Studland.

Rarities elsewhere comprised a Kentish Plover new in Devon at South Milton Sands, the American White-winged Scoter still in Lothian, both Great Reed Warbler and Ferruginous Duck together in West Yorkshire, Iberian Chiffchaff in Aberdeenshire, Black Duck in Highland, Bonaparte's Gull reported still in Hampshire and two territorial Savi's Warblers in Suffolk.

Scarcities included Serin (Kent), Golden Oriole and Wryneck (Isles of Scilly), Purple Heron (Kent), American Wigeon (County Clare), Montagu's Harrier (Norfolk), Red-necked Phalarope (Lincolnshire), Shorelark (Shetland Isles), two each of Woodchat Shrike and Glossy Ibis, three Hoopoes, nine Temminck's Stints and a total of 14 migrant Dotterel.
Chris Batty, RBA
Tuesday 14th May 2019  
  New rarities discovered today comprised an Eastern Stonechat species in Suffolk at Southwold, a Citrine Wagtail on Fair Isle, Shetland Isles, a Snowy Owl at Mid Tooin, Orkney Isles, a pair of Black-winged Stilts in Buckinghamshire and College Lake and a Black Kite briefly in Worcestershire at Bewdley.

Lingering rarities confirmed as still present were the American White-winged Scoter in Lothian, both Great Spotted Cuckoo and Little Bittern in Norfolk, Black Duck and Blue-winged Teal in Highland, Great Reed Warbler and Ferruginous Duck in West Yorkshire, Iberian Chiffchaff, King Eider and White-billed Diver in Aberdeenshire, a territorial Savi's Warbler in Suffolk and a White-billed Diver on the Orkney Isles.

Scarcities included Melodious Warbler (Essex), Woodchat Shrike (Pembrokeshire), Hoopoe (Isles of Scilly), Wryneck (Shetland Isles), Red-necked Phalarope (Lincolnshire), Ring-necked Duck (Dorset), Surf Scoter (Lothian), two each of both Montagu's Harrier and Glossy Ibis, five Temminck's Stints, and a total of 18 migrant Dotterel.
Chris Batty, RBA
Monday 13th May 2019  
  Rarities today comprised the American White-winged Scoter still in Lothian, Great Spotted Cuckoo and Little Bittern both still in Norfolk, Iberian Chiffchaff in Aberdeenshire, Dresser's Eider in County Dublin, two territorial Savi's Warblers in Suffolk, and in West Yorkshire Great Reed Warbler, Iberian Chiffchaff and Ferruginous Duck. In Cornwall a Black Kite flew over Skewjack and in North Yorkshire a Bee-eater overflew Burniston.

Scarcities included Serin, Hoopoe and Wryneck (all Norfolk), Honey Buzzard (Cambridgeshire), Rough-legged Buzzard (Orkney Isles), Ring-necked Duck (Dorset), Shorelark (Cleveland), Glossy Ibis (Cornwall), two each of Woodchat Shrike, Golden Oriole and Grey-headed Wagtail, four Surf Scoters, five Temminck's Stints and 25 migrant Dotterel.

Significant late news concerned a Pallid Harrier that flew over Burniston, North Yorkshire yesterday.
Chris Batty, RBA
Sunday 12th May 2019  
  The highlight of the day was the discovery of another Collared Flycatcher on the Orkney Isles on North Ronaldsay, an Iberian Chiffchaff new in Aberdeenshire at Mill of Tarty, in Norfolk a Little Bittern at Thetford, a Great Reed Warbler at Titchwell and a Black Kite at Burnham Deepdale, and in South Yorkshire two Red-footed Falcons together at Thorne Moors and Ferruginous Duck at Edderthorpe Flash.

Lingering rarities included the American Bittern on the Western Isles, Great Spotted Cuckoo in Norfolk, both Great Reed Warbler and Iberian Chiffchaff in West Yorkshire, Blue-winged Teal in Highland, Lesser Yellowlegs on the Isles of Scilly, Bonaparte's Gull in Hampshire and two Savi's Warblers in Suffolk.

Scarcities included Serin (Cornwall), Hoopoe (Aberdeenshire), Shorelark (Northumberland), Grey-headed Wagtail (Northumberland), Purple Heron (Isle of Wight), Ring-necked Duck (Dorset), Honey Buzzard (Kent), two each of Short-toed Lark, Woodchat Shrike, Night Heron and Montagu's Harriers, three of both Golden Oriole and Surf Scoter, four Wrynecks, five Temminck's Stints and 37 migrant Dotterel.
Chris Batty, RBA
Saturday 11th May 2019  
  The day started well with a Black-browed Albatross seen heading north past Blackpool in Lancashire early morning, followed late morning by the discovery of a female Collared Flycatcher at Easington, Yorkshire. Mid afternoon then produced a superb adult male Northern Brown Shrike (nominate form cristatus) at Great Cowden, Yorkshire, only the second Spring record for Britain.

Other new discoveries today included single Savi's Warblers on North Ronaldsay, Orkney and at Carlton Marshes SWT, Suffolk, a Subalpine Warbler species on Lundy, Devon, a Lesser Yellowlegs on Bryher, Isles of Scilly, two Black-winged Stilts at Langford Lakes, Wiltshire and single Black Kites at Zelah, Cornwall, Morston Quay, Norfolk and Leckhampton, Gloucestershire.

Lingering rarities seen today included the American Bittern in the Western Isles, Great Spotted Cuckoo in Norfolk, Great Reed Warbler and Iberian Chiffchaff in Yorkshire, Savi's Warbler in Suffolk, Red-rumped Swallow in Oxfordshire, American White-winged Scoter in Lothian, Blue-winged Teal and Black Duck in Highland, Spotted Sandpiper in County Wexford, Bonaparte's Gulls in Hampshire and Essex and White-billed Diver in Orkney.

Scarcity highlights included a Golden Oriole, a Hoopoe, a Serin, two Woodchat Shrikes, six Wrynecks, a Night Heron, two Purple Herons, c64 Dotterel, four Long-tailed Skuas and 11 Pomarine Skuas.
Will Soar, RBA
Friday 10th May 2019  
  An American Bittern was discovered at Loch Stiapabhat today, the second for the Western Isles following one shot in 1932. Other new discoveries included a Great Reed Warbler at Spurn, Yorkshire, a Bee-eater on The Lizard, Cornwall and an Alpine Swift at Athlone, County Westmeath.

Lingering rarities included the Great Spotted Cuckoo in Norfolk, Great Reed Warbler, Iberian Chiffchaff and Ferruginous Duck in West Yorkshire, Iberian Chiffchaff in Lincolnshire, Savi's Warbler in Suffolk, Red-rumped Swallow in Oxfordshire, Bonaparte's Gulls in Essex and Hampshire, American White-winged Scoter in Lothian and Black Duck and Blue-winged Teal in Highland.

Scarcity highlights included a Little Bunting, a Golden Oriole, two Woodchat Shrikes, two Hoopoes, three Wrynecks, two Honey Buzzards, a Montagu's Harrier, two Purple Herons, two Roseate Terns, ten Pomarine Skuas, five Temminck's Stints, 29 Dotterel, a Glossy Ibis, a White Stork, two Ring-necked Ducks, four Surf Scoters and three Glaucous Gulls.
Will Soar, RBA
Thursday 9th May 2019  
 

The day's only new rarities were in Norfolk, with a Black Kite near Choseley drying barns and a Red-rumped Swallow for a short while at Horsey.

Ongoing attractions included the Great Reed Warbler in West Yorkshire, Iberian Chiffchaffs in West Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, Great Spotted Cuckoo in Norfolk, Savi's Warbler in Suffolk, Spotted Sandpiper in Co.Wexford, American White-winged Scoter in Lothian, Pied-billed Grebe in Argyll, Blue-winged Teal in Highland, Bonaparte's Gull in Hampshire and Red-rumped Swallow in Oxfordshire

The day's supporting cast comprised Red-spotted Bluethroat (Norfolk), Woodchat Shrike (North Yorkshire), Serin (Suffolk), Lapland Bunting (Co.Durham), Hoopoe (Staffordshire), and Green-winged Teal and Montagu's Harrier in East Yorkshire. There were also two Surf Scoters (Lothian), Purple Herons (Isle of Wight and Norfolk), Temminck's Stints (South Yorkshire and Suffolk) and Glossy Ibises; three Ring-necked Ducks, Golden Orioles and Pomarine Skuas, and 31 migrant Dotterel. The Pied Crow was still roaming Kent.

Much of England continued to experience a generous inland passage of Black Tern, Arctic Tern, Knot, Sanderling, Grey Plover and Bar-tailed Godwit.
David Campbell, RBA
Wednesday 8th May 2019  
  The most notable discovery today was a Great Reed Warbler in West Yorkshire at Wintersett Reservoir. Elsewhere, a Citrine Wagtail paid brief visit to Llangorse Lake, Powys, a Ferruginous Duck arrived in Gloucestershire at Clapton-on-the-Hill, and in North Yorkshire a Spotted Sandpiper was reported at Fairburn Ings

Lingering rarities comprised the American White-winged Scoter still in Lothian, Great Spotted Cuckoo in Norfolk, Blue-winged Teal in Highland, Bonaparte's Gull in Essex and Hampshire, territorial Savi's Warbler in Suffolk, White-billed Diver in Aberdeenshire, and Iberian Chiffchaffs in both Lincolnshire and West Yorkshire. In Oxfordshire the Red-rumped Swallow reappeared at Grimsbury Reservoir.

Scarcities included Golden Oriole, Richard's Pipit and Serin (all on the Isles of Scilly), Purple Heron (Norfolk), Surf Scoter (Lothian), two Ring-necked Ducks, three each of both Hoopoe and Temminck's Stint, two and a total of 33 migrant Dotterel.

However, the higlight of the day was a widespread arrival of Black Terns through much of England and an associated displacement inland of Grey Plovers, Bar-tailed Godwits, Sanderling, Turnstone, Knot, Arctic Tern and Little Tern.
Chris Batty, RBA
Tuesday 7th May 2019  
  The highlight of the day was an Iberian Chiffchaff new at Gibrltar Point, Lincolnshire. Rarities discovered elsewhere were all brief encounters: a Citrine Wagtail in County Wicklow, Kentish Plover in Kent, Black Kite in Suffolk and both Red-rumped Swallow and Savi's Warbler in Norfolk.

Lingering rarities confirmed as still present were the Baikal Teal in Cambridgeshire, Great Spotted Cuckoo in Norfolk, both American White-winged Scoter and Spotted Sandpiper in Lothian, Black Duck in Highland, Iberian Chiffchaff in West Yorkshire, Spotted Sandpiper in County Wexford, Bonaparte's Gulls in both Essex and Hampshire, and territorial Savi's Warblers in Nottinghamshire and Suffolk.

Scarcities included White-winged Black Tern (Essex), Ortolan Bunting (County Wexford), Little Bunting (Western Isles), Serin (Norfolk), Hoopoe (Shetland Isles), Night Heron (Isles of Scilly), Red-necked Phalarope (Lincolnshire), Long-tailed Skua (Western Isles), Cory's Shearwater (County Cork), Honey Buzzard (Kent), White-tailed Eagle (Norfolk), Ring-necked Duck (Herefordshire), Glossy Ibis (Gwent), two each of both Woodchat Shrike and Temminck's Stint, three Purple Herons, four Surf Scoters, eight Golden Orioles, 10 Shorelarks and a total of 24 migrant Dotterel.
Chris Batty, RBA
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