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Tuesday 13th November 2018  
  A Dusky Warbler was discovered in Kenidjack Valley, Cornwall, whilst new Pallid Swifts were over Filey, North Yorkshire and North Foreland, Kent (two).

Lingering rarities included the Eastern Yellow Wagtail in Shetland (now confirmed from sound-recordings), Franklin's Gull and Lesser Yellowlegs in Dorset, Lesser Yellowlegs in Highland, Spotted Sandpiper in County Durham, Pacific Diver in Cornwall, King Eider in Norfolk and two Dusky Warblers in Scilly.

Scarcity highlights included a Rose-coloured Starling, two Hoopoes, three Great Grey Shrikes, four Pallas's Warblers, five Lapland Buntings, 16 Shorelarks, 251 Waxwings, a Grey Phalarope, two Glossy Ibises, a Lesser Snow Goose, ten Tundra Bean Geese, an American Wigeon, seven Ring-necked Ducks, two Pomarine Skuas, a Glaucous Gull and six Rough-legged Buzzards.
Will Soar, RBA
Monday 12th November 2018  
  News of the second Mourning Dove for County Galway was the highlight of the day, the bird present in Ballyconneely recently. A Franklin's Gull in Weymouth, Dorset was seen a couple of times at Radipole Lake RSPB, before roosting in Weymouth Bay, whilst what is presumably the returning Pacific Diver reappeared in Mount's Bay, Cornwall.  Pallid Swifts were found at Burniston, Yorkshire, Cromer, Happisburgh and Tilney All Saints, all Norfolk and Reculver, Kent.

Lingering rarities seen today included the Little Swift in Cleveland, Black Scoter in Northumberland, King Eider in Norfolk, Black Duck in Highland, Lesser Yellowlegs in Highland, Spotted Sandpiper in County Durham, Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire and two Dusky Warblers in Scilly.

Scarcity highlights included a Little Bunting, a Red-backed Shrike, two Great Grey Shrikes, three Hoopoes, three Rose-coloured Starlings, four Pallas's Warblers, five Lapland Buntings, 18 Shorelarks, 64 Waxwings, a Dotterel, a Lesser Snow Goose, two Tundra Bean Geese, an American Wigeon, two Green-winged Teals, six Ring-necked Ducks, nine Rough-legged Buzzards, an Iceland Gull and a Glaucous Gull.
Will Soar, RBA
Sunday 11th November 2018  
  The influx of rare swifts continued with a Little Swift accompanying a Pallid Swift in Cleveland at Hartlepool Headland and watched roosting there into darkness. Other Pallid Swifts were identified today in Cleveland at Seaton Carew, County Durham at South Shields, East Yorkshire at both Flamborough Head and Kilnsea, Lincolnshire at Goxhill and in Suffolk at Thorpeness where two were watched together. In addition, unidentified Pallid or Common Swifts today were noted in County Durham, Essex (2), Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, Kent (2), North Yorkshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. There has been a total of eighteen Pallid Swifts identified in Britain and Ireland since 17th October.

Rarities elsewhere in England comprised a Pied Wheatear in Cornwall at Trevose Head, the Black Scoter still in Northumberland, King Eider in Norfolk, Dusky Warbler on the Isles of Scilly and Lesser Yellowlegs in Dorset. In Ireland a Baird's Sandpiper was new at Tacumshin, County Wexford as was a Lesser Yellowlegs in County Cork at Clonakilty whilst the Forster's Tern showed in County Galway, Spotted Sandpiper was confirmed in County Sligo and three White-rumped Sandpipers remained together in County Londonderry.

Scarcities included Rose-coloured Starling (Suffolk), Barred Warbler (Shetland Isles), Red-backed Shrike (London), Ring-billed Gull (Argyll), Lesser Snow Goose (Highland), Dotterel (Kent), Glossy Ibis (Somerset), three Hoopoes, four each of Pallas's Warbler, Richard's Pipit, Lapland Bunting and Ring-necked Duck, 10 Rough-legged Buzzards, 42 Shorelarks and a total of 206 Cattle Egrets.
Chris Batty, RBA
Saturday 10th November 2018  
  New discoveries included a Penduline Tit in London, White-billed Diver in Northumberland, Baird's Sandpiper in Co Wexford and Pallid Swifts in Gwent and Kent, whilst unidentified Pallid or Common Swifts were logged in Aberdeenshire, Co Durham, Dorset, East Sussex, Kent, Norfolk, West Sussex and Worcestershire.

Lingering rarities included Lesser Scaup (Anglesey), Dusky Warblers (Co Durham and Isles of Scilly), Spotted Sandpiper (Co Durham), Forster's Tern (Co Galway), Black Duck and Lesser Yellowlegs (Highand), Black Scoter (Northumberland) and King Eider (Norfolk).

The best of the rest included Little Bunting (Cornwall), Barred Warbler (Norfolk), three Rose-coloured Starlings, Pallas's Warblers and Hoopoes, at least five Parrot Crossbills, six Rough-legged Buzzards and 11 Yellow-browed Warblers.
Stuart Piner, RBA
Friday 9th November 2018  
  A Hume's Warbler was discovered at Flamborough (East Yorkshire), whilst Pied Wheatear (Wirral), American White-winged Scoter (Lothian), King Eider (Norfolk), White-billed Diver (Kent), Lesser Yellowlegs (Highland), Hume's Warbler (Dorset) and Spotted Sandpiper and Dusky Warbler (Co Durham) all lingered.

The best of the rest included Richard's Pipit (Suffolk), two Hoopoes, three Rose-coloured Starlings, eight Parrot Crossbills and up to 11 Rough-legged Buzzards.
Stuart Piner, RBA
Thursday 8th November 2018  
  Rarity highlights comprised Pied Wheatears (Shetland and Wirral), Black Scoter (Northumberland), Hume's Warbler (Dorset), American White-winged Scoter (Lothian), Eastern Stonechat and King Eider (Norfolk), White-billed Diver (Kent), Lesser Yellowlegs (Dorset and Highland), Long-billed Dowitcher (Lincolnshire), Dusky Warblers (Co Durham and Shetland) and Blyth's Reed Warbler (Co Cork).


The best of the rest included Red-backed Shrike (London), American Wigeon (Lancashire), White-tailed Eagle (North Yorkshire), two Common Rosefinches, two Hoopoes (Co Durham and Wiltshire), four Parrot Crossbills (Norfolk) and up to 12 Rough-legged Buzzards.

Stuart Piner, RBA
Wednesday 7th November 2018  
  The highlight of the day was the arrival of more Pallid Swifts in England with the identification of birds clinched in Cleveland at North Gare and in Lincolnshire at Gibraltar Point but with further unidentified swift species - either Pallid or Common - in Cleveland (2), Kent, Lothian, North Yorkshire and West Sussex.

Lingering rarities confirmed as still present were the Pied Wheatear on the Wirral, Hume's Warbler in Dorset, Snowy Owl on the Orkney Isles, Eastern Stonechat species and King Eider in Norfolk, Black Scoter in Northumberland, Dusky Warblers in both County Durham and the Isles of Scilly, White-billed Diver in Kent, Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire and Lesser Yellowlegs in Highland.

Scarcities included Hoopoe (Wiltshire), Parrot Crossbill (Norfolk), American Wigeon (Highland), two Lesser Snow Geese, four Ring-necked Ducks, five Rough-legged Buzzards, 12 Shorelarks and a total of 26 Cattle Egrets.
Chris Batty, RBA
Tuesday 6th November 2018  
  Today saw a selection of classic November passerines with Pied Wheatears new on the Wirral at Meols and remaining on Foula, Shetland Isles, a Hume's Warbler identified in Dorset at Durlston Head, the Eastern Stonechat species still in Norfolk, two Pallas's Warblers, and Dusky Warblers in County Durham at Marsden Quarry, in Dorset at Portland Bill and three on St Mary's, Isles of Scilly.

Other rarities today comprised Black Scoters in both Northumberland and County Kerry, King Eider in Norfolk, White-billed Diver in Kent, Spotted Sandpiper in County Durham, Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire and Lesser Yellowlegs in Highland.

Scarcities included Common Rosefinch (East Sussex), Richard's Pipit (Somerset), Hoopoe (Wiltshire), American Wigeon (Highland), two Rose-coloured Starlings, four Ring-necked Ducks, six Shorelarks, seven Parrot Crossbills (together in Norfolk), 11 Rough-legged Buzzards, and a total of 111 Cattle Egrets.
Chris Batty, RBA
Monday 5th November 2018  
  Rarities today comprised both the Snowy Owl and Pied-billed Grebe still on the Shetland Isles, Black Scoter in Northumberland, Eastern Stonechat species and King Eider in Norfolk, White-billed Diver in Kent, Bonaparte's Gull in Pembrokeshire, Spotted Sandpiper in County Durham, Lesser Scaup on Anglesey, Lesser Yellowlegs in both Highland and County Wexford, and on the Orkney Isles a Coues's Arctic Redpoll was identified on North Ronaldsay.

Scarcities included Little Bunting (East Yorkshire), Hoopoe (Wiltshire), American Golden Plover (Western Isles), two each of Pallas's Warbler, Barred Warbler, Serin, Richard's Pipit and Common Rosefinch, three of both Surf Scoter and Ring-necked Duck, nine Rough-legged Buzzards, 18 Shorelarks and a total of 91 Cattle Egrets.
Chris Batty, RBA
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