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Thursday 25th August 2016  
  The Royal Tern was still present in County Kerry today, and it also visited the other side of the estuary in County Clare, where it was last reported from Carrigaholt Bay early evening.

New discoveries today included a Citrine Wagtail at Polgigga, Cornwall, a Pallid Harrier at Toab, Shetland and a Greenish Warbler on the Isle of May, Fife.

Lingering rarities included the Least Sandpiper in County Clare, Hudsonian Whimbrel and Dalmatian Pelican in Cornwall, Forster's Tern in County Louth, Lesser Yellowlegs in Essex, White-rumped Sandpiper in Northumberland, King Eider in County Donegal, Azorean Yellow-legged Gull in Northamptonshire and Bonaparte's Gull in Kent.
Will Soar, RBA
Wednesday 24th August 2016  
  Highlight of the day was the continued presence of the Royal Tern in Co Kerry, whilst an Azorean Yellow-legged Gull visited Stanwick Gravel Pits (Northamptonshire), and the American White-winged Scoter (Aberdeenshire), Least Sandpiper (Co Clare), Lesser Yellowlegs (Essex and Co Dublin), Forster's Tern (Co Louth), Dalmatian Pelican and Hudsonian Whimbrel (Cornwall), White-rumped Sandpiper (Northumberland) and Greenish Warbler (Shetland) all lingered.

The best of the rest included Serin (Suffolk), Marsh Warbler (Shetland), Spotted Crake (East Yorkshire), Hoopoe (Dorset), Common Rosefinch (Shetland), two Ortolan Buntings, two Barred Warblers, three Melodious Warblers (all on Bardsey Island, Gwynedd, where two Icterine Warblers were also located), three Temminck's Stints, four Icterine Warblers (including the aforementioned Bardsey birds),  four Red-backed Shrikes and nine Wrynecks.
Stuart Piner, RBA
Tuesday 23rd August 2016  
  Highlight of the day was the rediscovery of last week's Royal Tern - following its all-too-brief visit to Co Mayo on 16th-17th August, today it resurfaced in Co Kerry, at Beale Strand.

Elsewhere new discoveries included Booted Warbler and Greenish Warbler at Porthgwarra (Cornwall), Greenish Warbler on Fair Isle (Shetland), Lesser Yellowlegs at Rogerstown Estuary (Co Dublin) and White-rumped Sandpiper at Banks Marsh (Lancashire). Lingering rarities comprised American White-winged Scoter (Aberdeenshire), Terek Sandpiper (Co Wexford), Dalmatian Pelican and Hudsonian Whimbrel (Cornwall), Lesser Yellowlegs (Essex), Bonaparte's Gull (Kent), White-rumped Sandpiper (Northumberland) and Greenish Warblers (Shetland), whilst, on Fair Isle, the Swinhoe's Petrel was heard during an overnight Storm Petrel ringing session.

Scarcity sightings included Ring-necked Duck (Shetland), Ortolan Bunting (Isles of Scilly), Purple Heron (Oxfordshire), Marsh Warbler (Shetland), Melodious Warbler (East Sussex), Dotterel (Co Waterford), Spotted Crake (East Yorkshire), Richard's Pipit (East Yorkshire), two Temminck's Stints, two Cattle Egrets, three Red-backed Shrikes and 16 Wrynecks.
Stuart Piner, RBA
Monday 22nd August 2016  
  The highlight of the day was the discovery of the first Booted Warbler of the year, on Fetlar, Shetland Isles. Related sightings included Greenish Warblers in Dorset at Portland, the Orkney Isles at Evie and the Shetland Isles (2), Common Rosefinch (Shetland Isles), Barred Warbler (Orkney Isles), Red-backed Shrike (Norfolk), two Icterine Warblers, six Wrynecks, also Melodious Warbler (Isles of Scilly), White-winged Black Tern (Leicestershire), and Spotted Crake (East Yorkshire).

Rare waders comprised a Lesser Yellowlegs new in Essex at Vange Marsh, the Terek Sandpiper still in County Wexford, Hudsonian Whimbrel in Cornwall, Semipalmated Sandpiper in County Kerry, White-rumped Sandpiper in Northumberland, and a Temminck's Stint in London.

Seabirds included Wilson's Petrels in County Clare and the Isles of Scilly (4), and totals of two Sabine's Gulls, two Great Shearwaters and five Cory's Shearwaters.
Chris Batty, RBA
Sunday 21st August 2016  
  New discoveries included a Terek Sandpiper (Co Wexford), White-rumped Sandpiper (Northumberland) and Greenish Warbler (Shetland), whilst Hudsonian Whimbrel and Dalmatian Pelican (Cornwall), Greenish Warblers (East Yorkshire, Shetland and Orkney), Spotted Sandpiper (Lothian), Forster's Tern (Co Louth), Bonaparte's Gull (Kent), Semipalmated Sandpiper (Co Kerry), Least Sandpiper (Co Clare) and White-rumped Sandpiper (Aberdeenshire) all lingered.

Seabird highlights comprised Fea's or Zino's Petrels off Cape Clear (Co Cork) and Port Eynon (Glamorgan) and three Wilson's Petrels off Pendeen (Cornwall).

Scarcity sightings included White-winged Black Tern (Leicestershire), Pectoral Sandpiper (East Yorkshire), Ring-necked Duck (Orkney), Purple Heron (Oxfordshire), two Spotted Crakes, two American Golden Plovers, two Red-backed Shrikes, four Barred Warblers, five Cattle Egrets, at least six Icterine Warblers and seven Wrynecks.

Significant late news related to a Brown Booby, which had been photographed on a trawler off the Co Kerry coastline in recent days.
Stuart Piner, RBA
Saturday 20th August 2016  
  New discoveries included Little Bittern (Bedfordshire), Lesser Yellowlegs (Staffordshire) and Bonaparte's Gull (Devon). Five Greenish Warblers were recorded, whilst American White-winged Scoter and White-rumped Sandpiper (Aberdeenshire), Solitary Sandpiper (Co Clare), Semipalmated Sandpipers (Co Kerry and Western Isles), Hudsonian Whimbrel and Dalmatian Pelican (Cornwall), Lesser Yellowlegs (Co Wexford), Bonaparte's Gull (Kent) and Spotted Sandpiper (Lothian) all lingered.

Seabird highlights included a Fea's or Zino's Petrel off Co Clare and eight Wilson's Petrels (four off Co Clare and four off Isles of Scilly), whilst scarcities included Common Rosefinch (Shetland), Red-necked Phalarope (Co Wexford), Purple Heron (Oxfordshire), Spotted Crake (East Yorkshire), Pectoral Sandpiper (East Yorkshire), four Barred Warblers, four Cattle Egrets, five Red-backed Shrikes, seven Icterine Warblers and eight Wrynecks.
Stuart Piner, RBA
Friday 19th August 2016  
  Seabirds were the feature of the day in south-west England and Ireland, with the headline bird being a Black-browed Albatross past Prawle Point, Devon. Two Fea's or Zino's Petrels flew past Galley Head, County Cork, with totals of 544 Cory's Shearwaters, 461 Great Shearwaters, 132 Balearic Shearwaters, five Pomarine Skuas, two Long-tailed Skuas, a Leach's Petrel and a Grey Phalarope also logged.

Other new discoveries today included single Greenish Warblers at Sands of Forvie NNR, Aberdeenshire and on Fair Isle, Shetland, and single Lesser Yellowlegs' at Tacumshin, County Wexford and Black Rock, County Kerry.

Lingering rarities included the Least Sandpiper in County Clare, Hudsonian Whimbrel and Dalmatian Pelican in Cornwall, Bee-eater in Suffolk, Greenish Warbler in Yorkshire, Semipalmated Sandpiper in the Western Isles, single Spotted Sandpipers in Lothian and Argyll and White-rumped Sandpiper in Aberdeenshire.

A small east coast fall produced a Barred Warbler, a Corncrake, two Icterine Warblers, three Wrynecks and six Red-backed Shrikes, whilst other scarcities seen today included a Ortolan Bunting, a Spotted Crake, a Pectoral Sandpiper, another Icterine Warbler, another two Wrynecks, a Honey Buzzard, three Cattle Egrets and six Glossy Ibises.
Will Soar, RBA
Thursday 18th August 2016  
  New discoveries included Greenish Warblers in Norfolk (2), Cumbria and East Yorkshire, Semipalmated Sandpiper on Western Isles and Bee-eater in Suffolk, whilst the Hudsonian Whimbrel and Dalmatian Pelican (Cornwall), Spotted Sandpipers (Lothian and Argyll), Solitary Sandpiper and Least Sandpiper (Co Clare) and American White-winged Scoter and White-rumped Sandpiper (Aberdeenshire) all lingered.

The best of the rest included Barred Warbler, Pectoral Sandpiper, Spotted Crake, Red-backed Shrike and Icterine Warbler (all East Yorkshire), Melodious Warbler (Isles of Scilly), Temminck's Stint (Cleveland), Hoopoe (London), two Purple Herons, three Cattle Egrets, four Wrynecks and five Glossy Ibises.
Stuart Piner, RBA
Wednesday 17th August 2016  
  The highlight of the day was the continued presence of the Royal Tern in County Mayo at Roonagh Lough, albeit early morning only before it flew out to sea and did not return. Elsewhere in Ireland the Solitary Sandpiper and Least Sandpiper remained together in County Clare, as did the Lesser Yellowlegs in County Cork.

The continued high pressure and easterly winds brought both Western Bonelli's Warbler and Citrine Wagtail to Bardsey, Gwynedd, Greenish Warbler and Barred Warbler to East Yorkshire, two each of both Ortolan Bunting and Wryneck, and five Icterine Warblers.

Other rarities comprised both the Dalmatian Pelican and Hudsonian Whimbrel still in Cornwall, Spotted Sandpipers in both Argyll and Lothian, and White-rumped Sandpipers in Aberdeenshire and Norfolk.

Scarcities included Purple Heron (Warwickshire), Temminck's Stint (Cleveland), Cattle Egret (Merseyside), Pectoral Sandpiper and Spotted Crake (both East Yorkshire), and five Glossy Ibises.
Chris Batty, RBA
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