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Tuesday 22nd September 2020  
  New rarities discovered today comprised a Paddyfield Warbler in Cornwall at Porthgwarra, a Laughing Gull in Highland at Littleferry, Spotted Sandpiper in Argyll on Tiree, Red-throated Pipit on the Isles of Scilly on St Mary's, Rustic Bunting on Fair Isle, Shetland Isles, and in Kent a Red-rumped Swallow flew over North Foreland.

Lingering rarities confirmed as still present were the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in Argyll, Bobolink in County Donegal, Brown Shrike in Norfolk, Tawny Pipit in Cornwall, Arctic Warbler in Kent, Greenish Warbler in East Yorkshire, Blyth's Reed Warbler still in Essex, Baird's Sandpipers in both Cornwall and Orkney, Semipalmated Sandpiper in County Galway, Lesser Yellowlegs in both Gwent and Norfolk, Long-billed Dowitcher in Cumbria, and two Blue-winged Teals together on the Western Isles.

Scarcities included Little Bunting (East Yorkshire), Ortolan Bunting (Scilly), American Golden Plover (County Galway), Ring-necked Duck (Cambridgeshire), Spotted Crake (Somerset), two each of both Red-breasted Flycatcher, Rose-coloured Starling and Common Rosefinch, three of Barred Warbler and Red-backed Shrike, four Buff-breasted Sandpipers, five Glossy Ibis, nine Pectoral Sandpipers, and a total of 17 Wrynecks.
Chris Batty, RBA
Monday 21st September 2020  
 

There were a fair few new finds today, including Blue-winged Teal at Annagh Marsh in Co.Mayo, Spotted Sandpiper at Cloghaun Lough in Co.Clare, Tawny Pipit at Porthgwarra in Cornwall, Aquatic Warbler at Radipole Lake RSPB in Dorset, Blyth's Reed Warblers in East Yorkshire and Kent, Greenish Warbler at Flamborough in East Yorkshire, Arctic Warblers at Warham Greens in Norfolk and at Whitburn in Co.Durham, Lesser Yellowlegs in Gwent, Long-billed Dowitcher at Lough Beg in Co.Derry, and Baird's Sandpipers in Western Isles and Co.Wexford. There was late news of a Collared Pratincole at Ballinskelligs in Co.Kerry yesterday. Scilly had its latest Wilson's Petrel record from the day's pelagic.

The Yellow-bellied Flycatcher remained on Tiree and the Bobolink remained in Co.Donegal while the Brown Shrike in Norfolk, Arctic Warbler in Kent, four Blue-winged Teal in Western Isles, Black Kite in Cornwall, Long-billed Dowitcher in Cumbria, Semipalmated Sandpiper in Cornwall, Lesser Yellowlegs in Norfolk, and the Baird's Sandpipers in Cornwall and Co.Cork were all still present.

Other highlights included American Golden Plover (Hampshire), 11 Pectoral Sandpipers, two Sabine's Gulls, eight of both Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Dotterel, nine Barred Warblers, Woodchat Shrike (Shetland), four Red-breasted Flycatchers, four Common Rosefinches, two Rose-coloured Starlings, four Little Buntings, three Red-backed Shrikes, 12 Wrynecks, Spotted Crake (Suffolk), Surf Scoter (Co.Kerry), American Wigeon and Ring-necked Duck (both at sites in Cambridgeshire), 11 Glossy Ibises and three migrant Honey Buzzards.
David Campbell, RBA
Sunday 20th September 2020  
  The highlight of the day was a large petrel species - presumed to be a White-chinned Petrel - off Cley, Norfolk on up to three occasions during the day. This follows a White-chinned Petrel photographed on the Orkney Isles on 25th May this year and a possible sighting on the Shetland Isles on 14th September.

A Bobolink on Fanad Head, County Donegal is the third Nearctic landbird to be discovered this autumn whilst other discoveries today included a brief Great Snipe on Bryher, Isles of Scilly, an Arctic Warbler in Kent at Ramsgate, Baird's Sandpiper in County Wexford at Nethertown, Black Kite in Pembrokeshire at Dowrog Common, and five Blue-winged Teals on the Western Isles including four together on Lewis.

Lingering rarities confirmed as still present were the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in Argyll, Brown Shrike in Norfolk, Black Duck in Highland, both Pallid Harrier and Semipalmated Sandpiper in Cornwall, Long-billed Dowitcher in Cumbria, Lesser Yellowlegs in both County Cork and Norfolk, and Baird's Sandpipers in Cornwall, Highland and Orkney. The Lammergeier was noted again, this time in Leicestershire at Thornton.
Chris Batty, RBA
Saturday 19th September 2020  
  New discoveries today included a Pallid Harrier over Penzance, Cornwall and a Red-throated Pipit over Kilnsea, Yorkshire, whilst there were reports of a Bonelli's Warbler species at Holkham, Norfolk and of a second Long-billed Dowitcher at Anthorn, Cumbria.

Lingering rarities included the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in Western Isles, Brown Shrike and Lesser Yellowlegs in Norfolk, Semipalmated Sandpiper in Cornwall, Baird's Sandpipers in Cornwall, Highland and Orkney, Western Bonelli's Warbler in Shetland, Greenish Warbler in Yorkshire, Blue-winged Teal in Western Isles, Black Duck in Highland and Lammergeier in Derbyshire.

Scarcity highlights included a Short-toed Lark, a Melodious Warbler, a Grey-headed Wagtail, a Woodchat Shrike, two Red-backed Shrikes, two Common Rosefinches, two Rose-coloured Starlings, four Barred Warblers, five Little Buntings, six Red-breasted Flycatchers, 11 Wrynecks, at least 58 Lapland Buntings, an American Golden Plover, six Buff-breasted Sandpipers, 11 Dotterel, 16 Pectoral Sandpipers, a Leach's Petrel, three Sabine's Gulls, a Great Shearwater, two Cory's Shearwaters, eight Balearic Shearwaters, five Long-tailed Skuas, 13 Pomarine Skuas, two Surf Scoters, ten Glossy Ibises and two Honey Buzzards.
Will Soar, RBA
Friday 18th September 2020  
  New discoveries today included a Brown Shrike at Warham Greens, Norfolk, a Western Bonelli's Warbler on Out Skerries, Shetland, a Blyth's Reed Warbler at Kilnsea and a Greenish Warbler at Robin Hood's Bay, both Yorkshire, a Red-throated Pipit on North Ronaldsay, Orkney, a Citrine Wagtail at Tacumshin, County Wexford, a Blue-winged Teal at Ardvule, Western Isles, a White-rumped Sandpiper at Carrahane, County Kerry and a Wilson's Petrel off Cape Clear, County Cork.

Lingering rarities included the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in Western Isles, Swainson's Thrush in Orkney, Arctic Warbler in Shetland, Semipalmated Sandpiper and Baird's Sandpiper in Cornwall (with others of the former in County Cork and Western Isles and of the latter in Orkney and Highland), single Lesser Yellowlegs in Norfolk, Gloucestershire and County Cork, Long-billed Dowitcher in Cumbria, Spotted Sandpiper in Scilly and Lammergeier in Derbyshire.
Will Soar, RBA
Thursday 17th September 2020  
  The highlight of the day was the discovery of a Swainson's Thrush at Swannay, Orkney Isles; the second Nearctic landbird of the autumn in Britain.

Elsewhere the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher remained on Tiree, Argyll, with other rarities today including the Lammergeier still in Derbyshire, Black Duck in Highland, Bonaparte's Gull in County Cork, Bee-eater in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and Arctic Warblers new at both East Hills, Norfolk, and on Unst, Shetland Isles.

Nearctic waders today comprised one Spotted Sandpiper (Isles of Scilly), three each of both Baird's Sandpiper and Lesser Yellowlegs, four Semipalmated Sandpipers, eight Pectoral Sandpipers, and a total of 11 Buff-breasted Sandpipers.

Significant late news from yesterday concerned a Brown Booby reported passing Trevose Head, Cornwall.
Chris Batty, RBA
Wednesday 16th September 2020  
 

The pick of the day's finds were a Spotted Sandpiper on Unst, Shetland, two Black-winged Stilts at Christchurch Harbour in Dorset, a Bee-eater flew over St.Levan in Cornwall, a Greenish Warbler at Wells Woods in Norfolk and a Citrine Wagtail at Grutness on Mainland Shetland.

The Yellow-bellied Flycatcher showed for the first to reach Tiree, while other continuing rarities included the Bonaparte's Gull in Co.Cork, Citrine Wagtail in Shetland, Black Kite in Cornwall, Long-billed Dowitcher in Cumbria, Lesser Yellowlegs in Norfolk, Spotted Sandpiper on Scilly Semipalmated Sandpipers in Cornwall and Western Isles, Baird's Sandpipers in Cornwall, Highland and Orkney, and the Lammergeier in Derbyshire.

Scarcity highlights included two Red-breasted Flycatchers (both Norfolk), Little Bunting (Fair Isle), two Ortolan Buntings, three Woodchat Shrikes, seven Wrynecks, five Common Rosefinches, two Rose-coloured Starlings, four Barred Warblers, five Yellow-browed Warblers, American Golden Plover (Kent), Dotterel (Cornwall), nine Pectoral Sandpipers, three Buff-breasted Sandpipers, 11 Sabine's Gulls, Cory's Shearwater (East Yorkshire) and seven Glossy Ibises.
David Campbell, RBA
Tuesday 15th September 2020  
 

News emerged late in the day of the Western Paleartic's first Yellow-bellied Flycatcher on Tiree, Argyll. A Lanceolated Warbler found on North Ronaldsay in Orkney is the earliest record to date, while a Lesser Yellowlegs was appeared at Farmoor Reservoir in Oxfordshire.

The rarities still present today were the Pallid Harrier in Sussex, Franklin's Gull in West Yorkshire, Bonaparte's Gull in Co.Cork, Citrine Wagtail in Shetland, Lesser Yellowlegs in Norfolk and Co.Derry, Spotted Sandpiper on Scilly, Semipalmated Sandpipers in Cornwall, Argyll and Western Isles, and Baird's Sandpipers in Cornwall, Highland, Western Isles and Co.Cork. The Lammergeier continued its residence in the Peak District.

The pick of the rest of the day's news includes two Little Buntings, two Ortolan Buntings, Red-breasted Flycatcher (East Yorkshire), Melodious Warbler (Cornwall), Icterine Warbler (Hampshire), three Barred Warblers, Yellow-browed Warbler (Fair Isle), three Common Rosefinches, two Woodchat Shrikes, three Red-backed Shrikes, nine Wrynecks, two Rose-coloured Starlings, five Buff-breasted Sandpipers, four American Golden Plovers, 18 Pectoral Sandpipers, Surf Scoter (Gwynedd), Ring-necked Duck (Orkney), Grey Phalarope (Cornwall), four Glossy Ibises, Long-tailed Skua (Co.Donegal) and two Sabine's Gulls.
David Campbell, RBA
Monday 14th September 2020  
  Nearctic waders continued to dominate the headlines with Baird's Sandpipers in Cornwall, Highland, the Orkney Isles, and the Western Isles, Lesser Yellowlegs in both County Londonderry and Norfolk, American Golden Plovers on the Shetland Isles (2) and Kent, Spotted Sandpiper on Isles of Scilly, Semipalmated Sandpiper in Argyll, Long-billed Dowitcher in Cumbria, seven Buff-breasted Sandpipers, and a total of 18 Pectoral Sandpipers.

Elsewhere rarities comprised the Lammergeier still in Derbyshire, Franklin's Gull in West Yorkshire, Pallid Harrier in West Sussex, Citrine Wagtail on Shetland Isles, Red-footed Falcon in East Sussex at Pett Level, and a Wilson's Petrel at sea off the Isles of Scilly.

Significant late news concerned the Sora that was still present yesterday off Devon on Lundy.
Chris Batty, RBA
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