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Saturday 20th April 2019  
  The highlight of the day was confirmation of a Dresser's Eider in County Dublin at Skerries where it was first suspected yesterday; only the second record of this subspecies in both Ireland and the Western Palearctic. Elsewhere rarities included American White-winged Scoter still in Lothian, Pied-billed Grebe in Argyll, Blue-winged Teal in Highland, Bonaparte's Gull in Oxfordshire, Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire, Spotted Sandpiper in County Wexford, King Eider in Moray, Lesser Yellowlegs still in Dorset with another new in County Cork at Clogheen Marsh, whilst White-billed Divers were off both Moray (2) and the Western Isles.

From the Mediterranean were Eastern Subalpine Warbler, Night Heron and Golden Oriole all on the Isles of Scilly, a passage Bee-eater in County Cork at Mizen Head, Black-winged Stilts in Kent (2) and Norfolk, Serin in Cornwall, two Hoopoes, three Woodchat Shrikes and four Glossy Ibises, with Black Kites seen briefly in Cleveland, East Sussex, Orkney Isles and Shetland Isles.

Other scarcities included remarkably early Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Merseyside), Honey Buzzard (Suffolk) and Red-backed Shrike (County Donegal), along with Pallas's Warbler (Cornwall), Yellow-browed Warbler (North Yorkshire), Wryneck (Lothian), Temminck's Stint (Dorset), American Wigeon (Lancashire), two each of Surf Scoter, Rough-legged Buzzard, Spotted Crake and Shorelark, four migrant Dotterel, and a total of six Ring-necked Ducks.
Chris Batty, RBA
Friday 19th April 2019  
  Rarities today comprised the American White-winged Scoter still in Lothian, two Subalpine Warblers on the Isles of Scilly, Red-rumped Swallow and Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire, both Black Duck and Blue-winged Teal still in Highland, Bonaparte's Gull in Oxfordshire, territorial Savi's Warbler in Suffolk, Ferruginous Duck in Northumberland, Black-winged Stilts in East Sussex (2) and Norfolk, White-billed Divers in Aberdeenshire and Moray (2) and Black Kites briefly on the Shetland Isles and in Suffolk.

Scarcities included Pallas's Warbler (Cornwall), Night Heron (Isles of Scilly), Montagu's Harrier (County Waterford), Temminck's Stint (Suffolk), Pectoral Sandpiper (Nottinghamshire), Grey-headed Wagtail (Lothian), American Wigeon (Lancashire), two each of Woodchat Shrike, Serin, Rough-legged Buzzard, Spotted Crake and Surf Scoter, three Glossy Ibises, four Hoopoe and a total of six Ring-necked Ducks.
Chris Batty, RBA
Thursday 18th April 2019  
 

The adult drake American White-winged Scoter resurfaced off Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian. In Suffolk, a male Western Subalpine Warbler was seen at Westleton Heath. Alpine Swifts appeared at Sandy Point, Hampshire, and at Ivinghoe Beacon, Buckinghamshire.

Continuing rarities were represented by the Iberian Chiffchaffs in Essex and Conwy, Great Spotted Cuckoo on the Isle of Wight, Bonaparte's Gull in Oxfordshire, Black-winged Stilt in Argyll, Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire, Lesser Yellowlegs in Dorset, Lesser Scaup in Somerset, King Eider in Highland, and two White-billed Divers in Moray.

Scarcities included Ortolan Bunting (Cornwall), Night Heron (Scilly), Grey-headed Wagtail (Lothian), Bluethroat (Orkney), two Serins (both at Portland, Dorset), seven Hoopoes, a Wryneck (Norfolk), two Spotted Crakes (South Yorkshire and Cleveland), Pallas's Warbler (Cornwall), two Great Grey Shrikes, 27 Shorelarks (Norfolk), five Glossy Ibises, two White Stork, two Surf Scoters (Lothian), five Green-winged Teal, an American Wigeon, seven Ring-necked Ducks, a Black Brant, two Tundra Bean Geese and an Iceland Gull.
David Campbell, RBA
Wednesday 17th April 2019  
  New discoveries today included singing Iberian Chiffchaffs at Seaforth, Merseyside and The Naze, Essex, a Red-rumped Swallow at Far Ings NR, Lincolnshire, Black Stork at Arundel WWT, Sussex, two Black-winged Stilts at Rye Harbour NR, Sussex, and a White-billed Diver at Malin Head, County Donegal, but there was no sign of the Eastern Yellow Wagtail seen yesterday on St Mary's, Isles of Scilly.

Lingering rarities included Iberian Chiffchaff in Conwy, Great Spotted Cuckoo on the Isle of Wight, Savi's Warbler in Suffolk, Bonaparte's Gull in Oxfordshire, Black-winged Stilt in Argyll, single Lesser Yellowlegs' in Dorset and Cornwall, Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire, three White-billed Divers in Aberdeenshire and another in Moray, Blue-winged Teal, Black Duck and King Eider in Highland and Lesser Scaup in Somerset.
Will Soar, RBA
Tuesday 16th April 2019  
 

Singing Iberian Chiffchaffs were found near Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, and Sandwich, Kent. A Black-winged Stilt on Tiree was the first for Argyll. Another two stopped off at Ouse Washes RSPB, Cambridgeshire. In Suffolk, a Kentish Plover was discovered at Havergate Island. Meanwhile, the Snowy Owl reappeared on Holyhead Mountain, Anglesey and Black Kites visited West Bergholt, Essex, and Sammy's Point, East Yorkshire.

Long-stayers comprised the Savi's Warbler in Suffolk, Bonaparte's Gull in Oxfordshire, Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire, Lesser Yellowlegs in Dorset; Blue-winged TealKing Eider and Black Duck in Highland; Lesser Scaup in Somerset, as well as the pair of Ferruginous Ducks in Nottinghamshire and the singleton in Northumberland. Seven White-billed Divers were logged off the Moray coast.

The best of the rest included Hoopoe (Scilly), Wryneck (Cornwall), Serin (Kent), two Spotted Crakes (South Yorkshire and Cleveland), Night Heron (Scilly), White Stork (London), three Glossy Ibises, three Great Grey Shrikes, 15 Shorelarks (Norfolk), two Surf Scoters (Lothian), six Ring-necked Ducks, two American Wigeon, two Green-winged Teal, Black Brant (East Yorkshire), three Tundra Bean Geese, four Pomarine Skuas (Highland), four Iceland Gulls and a Glaucous Gull.
David Campbell, RBA
Monday 15th April 2019  
  New discoveries today included a Gyr at Fanad Head, County Donegal, a Black Kite over Colchester, Essex and a Red-rumped Swallow at Lamby Lake, Glamorgan.

Lingering rarities included the Great Spotted Cuckoo on the Isle of Wight, Blue-winged Teal, Black Duck and King Eider in Highland, two Ferruginous Ducks in Nottinghamshire and one in Northumberland, Bonaparte's Gull in Oxfordshire, Lesser Yellowlegs in Dorset, Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire, Spotted Sandpiper in County Wexford, Red-rumped Swallow in Kent and White-billed Diver in Moray.

Scarcity highlights included two Hoopoes, four Great Grey Shrikes, a Purple Heron, a White Stork, a Glossy Ibis, a Spotted Crake, a Pomarine Skua, a Black Brant, three Tundra Bean Geese, an American Wigeon, three Green-winged Teals, four Ring-necked Ducks, two Glaucous Gulls and four Iceland Gulls.
Will Soar, RBA
Sunday 14th April 2019  
  The Tengmalm's Owl was still in Shetland today, but had moved 43 miles to the north-northeast to Valyie at Norwick on Unst, where it remained until dusk.

New discoveries today included a Kentish Plover at Cuckmere Haven, Susex, a Red-rumped Swallow at Stodmarsh, Kent and two White-billed Divers off Lossiemouth, Moray.

Lingering rarities included the Bonaparte's Gull in Oxfordshire, Lesser Yellowlegs in Dorset, Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire, Great Spotted Cuckoo in Isle of Wight, Red-rumped Swallow in Cornwall, four White-billed Divers in Moray, Black Duck in Highland, two Ferruginous Ducks in Nottinghamshire and one in Northumberland and single Lesser Scaups in Somerset and Orkney.
Will Soar, RBA
Saturday 13th April 2019  
 

A Red-rumped Swallow was a fresh arrival at Marazion RSPB, Cornwall. Still with us were the Tengmalm's Owl in Shetland, Great Spotted Cuckoo on the Isle of Wight, Bonaparte's Gull in Oxfordshire, the two Black-winged Stilts in Essex, Spotted Sandpiper in Co.Wexford, Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire, Lesser Yellowlegs in Dorset, the resident Pied-billed Grebes in Shetland and Argyll, and two White-billed Divers in Moray. The two Ferruginous Ducks in Nottinghamshire remained, as did the Northumberland bird.

Scarcities were represented by Little Bunting (Oxfordshire), Spotted Crake (South Yorkshire), Rough-legged Buzzard (Suffolk), Temminck's Stint (Cornwall), Hoopoe (Norfolk), Wryneck (Isle of Wight), Serin (Somerset) Yellow-browed Warbler (Cornwall), four Great Grey Shrikes, five Shorelarks, a Taiga Bean Goose (Shetland), two Tundra Bean Geese, an American Wigeon, four Green-winged Teal, eight Ring-necked Ducks, two Surf Scoters (Lothian), a White Stork, seven Glossy Ibises, White-tailed Eagle (Worcestershire), four Iceland Gulls and five Glaucous Gulls.

Notable migrants included singles of Wood Warbler (Cheshire), Whinchat (Gloucestershire) and Swift (North Yorkshire).
David Campbell, RBA
Friday 12th April 2019  
  New discoveries today included a Red-flanked Bluetail at Burrafirth, Unst, Shetland, a Bonaparte's Gull at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, two Black-winged Stilts at Vange Marsh RSPB, Essex, a Red-rumped Swallow at Portland, Dorset, a Black Kite at Walberswick, Suffolk and a Ferruginous Duck at West Allotment, Northumberland.

Lingering rarities included the Tengmalm's Owl and Pied-billed Grebe in Shetland, Great Spotted Cuckoo in the Isle of Wight, Lesser Yellowlegs in Dorset, Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire, three White-billed Divers in Moray and one in Aberdeenshire and two Ferruginous Ducks in Nottinghamshire.

Scarcity highlights included a Serin, a Pallas's Warbler, a Lapland Bunting, two Hoopoes, four Great Grey Shrikes, a Spotted Crake, a Surf Scoter and a Rough-legged Buzzard.
Will Soar, RBA
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