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Sunday 21st October 2018  
  The first Brown Shrike for Norfolk was discovered at Weybourne Camp this morning, whilst the Eastern Stonechat species remained nearby at Salthouse. Other new discoveries included single Dusky Warblers on St Mary's, Isles of Scilly and at Porthgwarra, Cornwall, and a Lesser Yellowlegs at Crailing, Borders.

Lingering rarities still present today included the Grey Catbird in Cornwall, Scarlet Tanager in County Cork, Baltimore Oriole in Western Isles,  Grey-cheeked Thrush and Red-eyed Vireo in Scilly, Red-eyed Vireo and White-rumped Sandpiper in County Galway, Rustic Bunting in London, two Gull-billed Terns and Black Scoter in Northumberland, single Spotted Sandpipers in Aberdeenshire and County Durham, single Lesser Yellowegs' in Dorset and Cornwall, Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire, Pied-billed Grebe in Shetland, Lesser Scaup in Anglesey and Ferruginous Duck in Forth.

Scarcity highlights included a Melodious Warbler, a Red-breasted Flycatcher, a Common Rosefinch, a Red-backed Shrike, two Wrynecks, two Waxwings, three Great Grey Shrikes, three Barred Warblers, four Rose-coloured Starlings, five Shorelarks, six Richard's Pipits, seven Little Buntings, eight Lapland Buntings, a Buff-breasted Sandpiper, two Pectoral Sandpipers, two American Golden Plovers, two Rough-legged Buzzards, two Pomarine Skuas, two Leach's Petrels, a Todd's Canada Goose, a Taiga Bean Goose, a Surf Scoter, three Ring-necked Ducks, a Glaucous Gull and a Glossy Ibis.
Will Soar, RBA
Saturday 20th October 2018  
  New rarities today comprised a Red-eyed Vireo in Cornwall on The Lizard with a Black Kite near St Buryan, a Spotted Sandpiper in Aberdeenshire at Girdle Ness, Bonaparte's Gull in Argyll at Lochgilphead, Lesser Scaup on Anglesey at Llyn Llygeirian and in County Londonderry three White-rumped Sandpipers together at Myroe.

Lingering rarities included the Grey Catbird and Lesser Yellowlegs both still in Cornwall, Baltimore Oriole on the Western Isles, Scarlet Tanager in County Cork, Rustic Bunting in London, Eastern Stonechat species in Norfolk, Black Scoter and two Gull-billed Terns in Northumberland, Blue-winged Teal on the Shetland Isles, Spotted Sandpiper in County Durham, Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire, White-rumped Sandpiper in County Galway, Black Duck in Highland and Ferruginous Duck in Forth.

On the Isles of Scilly the Grey-cheeked Thrush remained on St Agnes with around island totals of Melodious Warbler, Surf Scoter, Common Rosefinch, Richard's Pipit, Red-backed Shrike, two Cattle Egrets, three Little Buntings and 15 Great Shearwaters.

Scarcities elsewhere included Pallas's Warbler (Suffolk), Melodious Warbler (County Galway), Surf Scoter (Fife), Temminck's Stint (Lincolnshire), Pectoral Sandpiper (Devon), Rough-legged Buzzard (Norfolk), two each of both Little Bunting and American Golden Plover, three Barred Warblers, four Rose-coloured Starlings, and six each of both Richard's Pipit and Ring-necked Duck.
Chris Batty, RBA
Friday 19th October 2018  
  New discoveries today included single Red-eyed Vireos on Bryher, Isles of Scilly and Lundy, Devon, an Eastern Stonechat species at Kelling, Norfolk, single Olive-backed Pipits at Tetney, Lincolnshire and on St Agnes, Isles of Scilly, a Red-throated Pipit on St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, a White-rumped Sandpiper at Cashen, County Kerry and a Richardson's Cackling Goose on Islay, Argyll.

Lingering rarities seen today included the Grey Catbird in Cornwall, Baltimore Oriole in Western Isles, Scarlet Tanager and White-rumped Sandpiper in County Cork, Grey-cheeked Thrush in the Isles of Scilly, Red-eyed Vireo in County Galway, Rustic Bunting in London, two Gull-billed Terns in Northumberland, Spotted Sandpiper in County Durham, two White-rumped Sandpipers in County Galway, Lesser Yellowlegs in Dorset, Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire, Pied-billed Grebe and Blue-winged Teal in Shetland, Black Scoter in Northumberland and single Ferruginous Ducks in Suffolk and Forth.
Will Soar, RBA
Thursday 18th October 2018  
  Today's new discoveries included Red-eyed Vireo (Co Galway), Pallid Swift (Northumberland), Blyth's Reed Warbler (Shetland) and two Richardson's Cackling Geese (Argyll). Two Gull-billed Terns in inland Northumberland have apparently been present for 15 days.

The Grey Catbird (Cornwall), Veery and Scarlet Tanager (Co Cork), Baltimore Oriole (Western Isles), Spotted Sandpiper (Co Durham), White-rumped Sandpipers (Co Galway [2] and Co Cork), Lesser Yellowlegs (Dorset and Suffolk), Olive-backed Pipit (East Yorkshire), Ferruginous Ducks (Forth and Suffolk), Eastern Stonechat (Gwynedd), Long-billed Dowitcher (Lincolnshire), Rustic Bunting (London), Black Scoter (Northumberland), Grey-cheeked Thrush (Isles of Scilly) and Blue-winged Teal (Shetland) all lingered.
Stuart Piner, RBA
Wednesday 17th October 2018  
  Three Mega-alerts chimed today - a Veery on Cape Clear (Co Cork), Baltimore Oriole on Barra (Western Isles) and Grey-cheeked Thrush on St Agnes (Isles of Scilly). A Swainson's Thrush (Co Cork), Pallid Swift (East Yorkshire), Olive-backed Pipits (Fife and Shetland), Rustic Bunting (London), Red-flanked Bluetail (Norfolk), Blue-winged Teal (Shetland) and dowitcher species (Somerset) were also discovered.

The Grey Catbird (Cornwall), Two-barred Greenish Warbler (Norfolk), Scarlet Tanager and White-rumped Sandpiper (Co Cork), Eastern Stonechat (Gwynedd), Pied-billed Grebe (Shetland), Long-billed Dowitcher (Lincolnshire), King Eider (Ceredigion), Spotted Sandpiper (Co Durham), Olive-backed Pipit (East Yorkshire) and Ferruginous Duck and Lesser Yellowlegs (Sufolk) all lingered.
Stuart Piner, RBA
Tuesday 16th October 2018  
  The highlight of the day was the continued presence of the Grey Catbird in Cornwall at Treeve Moor where it showed throughout the day. Lingering rarities elsewhere included the Isabelline Shrike species still in Devon, Baird's Sandpiper and White-rumped Sandpiper together in County Donegal, Lesser Yellowlegs in both Dorset and Suffolk, Spotted Sandpiper in County Durham and Ferruginous Duck in Suffolk.

Discoveries included a Scarlet Tanager on Cape Clear, County Cork, a Two-barred Greenish Warbler identified in Norfolk at Holkham Pines with a Dusky Warbler along the coast at Trimingham, an Eastern Stonechat species in Gwynedd at Bardsey Island and three Olive-backed Pipits in East Yorkshire; one at Flamborough Head and now two Spurn.

On the Shetland Isles Pied-billed Grebe, Bluethroat, Shorelark and Ring-necked Duck were logged whilst on the Isles of Scilly Rose-coloured Starling, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Barred Warbler, Surf Scoter, two Red-backed Shrikes, three Rose-coloured Starlings and four Common Rosefinches were recorded.
Chris Batty, RBA
Monday 15th October 2018  
  The highlight of the day was the discovery of the second Grey Catbird for Britain at Treeve Moor, Cornwall. A Bobolink was seen flying over Trenoweth, Isles of Scilly, but there was no sign of the White-rumped Swift at Hornsea, Yorkshire.

Other new discoveries today included a Red-flanked Bluetail at Holkham, Norfolk, a Penduline Tit at Nanjizal Valley, Cornwall, a Spotted Sandpiper in Jarrow, County Durham, a Baird's Sandpiper at Loch Swilly, County Donegal and a White-rumped Sandpiper at Termoncarragh Lough, County Mayo.

Lingering rarities still present today included the Pechora Pipit in Western Isles, Subalpine Warbler species in County Cork, Olive-backed Pipit in Yorkshire, Isabelline Shrike species in Devon, Bee-eater in Clyde, Booted Warbler in Shetland, Ferruginous Duck and Lesser Yellowlegs in Suffolk and single White-rumped Sandpipers in County Derry, County Donegal and County Wexford.
Will Soar, RBA
Sunday 14th October 2018  
  The highlight day today was also the highlight of the year: a White-rumped Swift present at Hornsea Mere, East Yorkshire from late afternoon until dusk; the first British record of this species.

On the Shetland Isles a River Warbler was found on Mainland at Wester Quarff and a White-rumped Sandpiper was new at Pool of Virkie with other notables around the archipelago being the White-crowned Sparrow still on Foula, Swainson's Thrush on Yell, Booted Warbler, Pied-billed Grebe, Olive-backed Pipit, Pallas's Warbler, Little Bunting, Bluethroat, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Ring-necked Duck, Shorelark, three Barred Warblers and five Great Grey Shrikes. On the Isles of Scilly the Eastern Yellow Wagtail remained on Tresco as did the Tawny Pipit on Bryher and Greenish Warbler on St Agnes with around island totals of Melodious Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Wryneck, two each of both Common Rosefinch and Red-backed Shrike, four Grey Phalaropes and five Cattle Egrets.

New rarities elsewhere comprised a Bonaparte's Gull found in Northumberland at Low Newton-by-the-Sea and White-rumped Sandpipers in Cornwall at Hayle (though later died) and two on Inishmore, County Galway. In County Donegal the Stilt Sandpiper showed again at Inch Lake whilst the Pechora Pipit lingered on the Western Isles as did the Isabelline Shrike species in Devon, Subalpine Warbler species in County Cork, Spotted Sandpiper in Cleveland, Bee-eater in Clyde, American White-winged Scoter in Lothian, Forster's Tern in County Louth, Lesser Yellowlegs in Cornwall, Dorset and Suffolk, and Ferruginous Ducks in both Forth and Suffolk.

Other scarcities included Pallas's Warbler (Norfolk), Icterine Warbler (County Galway), Short-toed Lark (Cornwall), Common Rosefinch (Northumberland), Rough-legged Buzzard (Highland), American Wigeon (County Wicklow), two each of Little Bunting, Spotted Crake, Glossy Ibis and Surf Scoter, three of Rose-coloured Starling, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Pectoral Sandpiper and Ring-necked Duck, five Richard's Pipits and seven Shorelarks.
Chris Batty, RBA
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