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Friday 18th August 2017  
  An excellent seawatch at Bridges of Ross (Co Clare) produced a Barolo Shearwater and eight Wilson's Petrels. Elsewhere off the west coast of Ireland a Fea's/Desertas Petrel and three Wilson's Petrels flew past Brandon Point and a Laughing Gull was discovered at Staad Abbey (Co Sligo).

Lingering rarities included the Caspian Tern in Norfolk, White-rumped Sandpiper in Northumberland and Long-billed Dowitcher and Bonaparte's Gull in Kent, whilst a flyover Bee-eater was reported at New Quay (Ceredigion).

The best of the rest included Hoopoe and White-winged Black Tern (Devon), Purple Heron (Lancashire), two Temminck's Stints (Essex), Marsh Warbler (Orkney) and Spotted Crake (Northumberland).
Stuart Piner, RBA
Thursday 17th August 2017  
  The highlight of the day was realisation that a reported Little Stint at Nosterfield, North Yorkshire is actually either a Western or Semipalmated Sandpiper with structural characteristics suggesting the former. If it does prove to be a Western Sandpiper it will be only the ninth British record and the first ever inland. However, as the bird is in winter plumage a certain identification may not prove possible.

Other rarities comprised the flock of seven Bee-eaters now present in Hertfordshire at Bayford, the American White-winged Scoter still in Aberdeenshire, Forster's Tern in County Louth, Western Bonelli's Warbler in East Yorkshire, Caspian Tern in Norfolk, White-rumped Sandpiper in Northumberland, and Long-billed Dowitcher and Bonaparte's Gull together in Kent.

Scarcities included Melodious Warbler (Pembrokeshire), Glossy Ibis (Norfolk), Dotterel (South Yorkshire), two each of White-winged Black Tern, Night Heron and Surf Scoter and six Cattle Egrets. Day totals of notable seabirds were 89 Cory's Shearwaters, 44 Great Shearwaters and two each of Wilson's Petrel and Sabine's Gull.
Chris Batty, RBA
Wednesday 16th August 2017  
  New discoveries included Western Bonelli's Warbler (East Yorkshire), Aquatic Warbler (East Sussex), Ferruginous Duck (Lancashire) and Caspian Tern (Norfolk). A Barolo Shearwater flew past Hook Head (Co Wexford).

Lingering rarities comprised King Eider (Ceredigion), Forster's Tern (Co Louth), Bonaparte's Gulls (Dorset and Kent), Long-billed Dowitcher (Kent), White-rumped Sandpiper (Northumberland) and groups of three juvenile Black-winged Stilts Essex and Kent. A couple of Wilson's Petrels flew past Galley Head (Co Cork).

The best of the rest included White-winged Black Terns (Devon, Hampshire and West Sussex), Dotterel (South Yorkshire), Night Heron (Norfolk) and Pectoral Sandpipers (Lincolnshire and Leicestershire).
Stuart Piner, RBA
Tuesday 15th August 2017  
  A Wilson's Petrel was seen from a boat off Bolt Head, Devon.

Lingering rarities included the Long-billed Dowitcher and Bonaparte's Gull in Kent, White-rumped Sandpipers in Cleveland and Northumberland, Alpine Swift in Yorkshire, five Bee-eaters in Leicestershire and a Wilson's Petrel from the Scilly pelagic.

Scarcity highlights included a Melodious Warbler, a Rose-coloured Starling, a Sabine's Gull, a Pectoral Sandpiper, two Dotterels, two White-winged Black Terns, a Long-tailed Skua, 11 Pomarine Skuas, seven Cory's Shearwaters and 35 Great Shearwaters.
Will Soar, RBA
Monday 14th August 2017  
  Both a Caspian Tern and a White-rumped Sandpiper were found at Greatham Creek, Cleveland with another of the latter also found at Snettisham, Norfolk.

Lingering rarities seen today included the Alpine Swift in Yorkshire, Long-billed Dowitcher, Bonaparte's Gull and four Black-winged Stilts in Kent, White-rumped Sandpiper in Northumberland, four Bee-eaters in Leicstershire and single Wilson's Petrels were seen off Scilly and County Kerry.

Scarcity highlights included a Melodious Warbler, a Rose-coloured Starling, a Dotterel, a Pectoral Sandpiper, two White-winged Black Terns, two Glossy Ibises, three Pomarine Skuas, 81 Great Shearwaters and 102 Cory's Shearwaters.
Will Soar, RBA
Sunday 13th August 2017  
  New discoveries today included a Barolo Shearwater off Porthgwarra, Cornwall, a Semipalmated Sandpiper at Sully, Glamorgan, both a Long-billed Dowitcher and a Lesser Yellowlegs at Clogheen Marsh, County Cork, a Bonaparte's Gull at Caherfearlane, County Kerry and four Bee-eaters flew over Sutton Bonington, Nottinghamshire.

Lingering rarities included the Snowy Owl in County Mayo, Alpine Swift in Yorkshire, Long-billed Dowitcher, four Black-winged Stilts and Bonaparte's Gull in Kent, single White-rumped Sandpipers in Northumberland and County Wexford, King Eider in Ceredigion and five Bee-eaters in Leicestershire. Twelve Wilson's Petrels were seen Scilly, Cornwall and County Cork.
Will Soar, RBA
Saturday 12th August 2017  
  The highlight of the day was the reappearance of the Snowy Owl in County Mayo at Tarmon Hill; first seen here on 9th September 2006 and then present intermittently there until 8th March 2017. Another reoccurence was the Alpine Swift in East Yorkshire again at Bempton Cliffs, whilst a Bonaparte's Gull in Cardiff, Glamorgan is in an area with periodic sightings of this species since 2004.

Lingering rarities confirmed as still present were the American White-winged Scoter in Aberdeenshire, Long-billed Dowitcher, Bonaparte's Gull and three Black-winged Stilts in Kent, Bonaparte's Gull in Dorset, King Eider in Ceredigion, White-rumped Sandpipers in both Northumberland and County Wexford, three Black-winged Stilts in Essex and seven Bee-eaters in Leicestershire.

Notable seabirds continued to show with Wilson's Petrels at sea off County Cork (16), Cornwall (3) and the Isles of Scilly and two seen from land at Bridges of Ross, County Clare. Cory's Shearwater reports totaled 171 with 120 Great Shearwaters and seven Sabine's Gulls reported.

Scarcities included Melodious Warbler (Dorset), Rose-coloured Starling and Common Rosefinch (Highland), Red-necked Phalarope (Suffolk), Pectoral Sandpiper (County Mayo), Dotterel (South Yorkshire), Glossy Ibis (Norfolk), two each of both White-winged Black Tern and Cattle Egret, and three Surf Scoters.
Chris Batty, RBA
Friday 11th August 2017  
  Lingering rarities seen today included the American White-winged Scoter in Aberdeenshire, Long-billed Dowitcher, Bonaparte's Gull and four Black-winged Stints in Kent, three Black-winged Stilts in Essex, White-rumped Sandpiper in Northumberland, seven Bee-eaters in Leicestershire and two Wilson's Petrels from the Scilly pelagic.

Scarcity highlights included a Melodious Warbler, a Wryneck, a Leach's Petrel, an American Night Heron, a Glaucous Gull, an Iceland Gull, two White-winged Black Terns, two Purple Herons, two Surf Scoters, three Glossy Ibises, five Red-necked Phalaropes, five Pomarine Skuas, 16 Cory's Shearwaters and 65 Great Shearwaters.
Will Soar, RBA
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