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Thursday 4th March 2021  
 

A drake Black Scoter was identified on the sea off Embo in Highland.

Long-stayers reported today were the Northern Mockingbird in Devon, Rustic Bunting in Surrey, Long-billed Dowitcher in North Yorkshire, Lesser Yellowlegs in Devon, Dusky Warbler in Gloucestershire, and King Eider and White-billed Diver in Shetland

Further highlights included four Surf Scoters (with the Black Scoter in Highland), four Green-winged Teal (including three drakes together on Barra, Western Isles), 15 Ring-necked Ducks (including a new flock of five in Cornwall), two Black Brants (Dorset), four Ring-billed Gulls, two Little Buntings (Surrey, still with the Rustic), 12 Waxwings, Shorelark (Lothian), Black-bellied Dipper (Shetland), Little Auk (Shetland) and five Glossy Ibises.
David Campbell, RBA
Wednesday 3rd March 2021  
  Rarities today comprised the Northern Mockingbird still in Devon at Exmouth, Black Duck still in County Mayo on The Mullet, Rustic Bunting in Surrey at Thursley Common, King Eider on the Shetland Isles on Yell, and a Dusky Warbler reported in Lancashire at Leighton Moss.

Scarcities included Lapland Bunting (East Yorkshire), two each of both Little Bunting and Green-winged Teal, three Surf Scoters (together in Highland), five Waxwings, six Ring-billed Gulls (all adults), and a total of seven Ring-necked Ducks.

Incoming spring migrants included House Martin on Anglesey, two Swallows, five Wheatears, nine Little Ringed Plovers, nine White Wagtails, and 20 Sand Martins.
Chris Batty, RBA
Tuesday 2nd March 2021  
  A Bonaparte's Gull and a White-billed Diver were both found in Bantry Bay, County Cork, with a King Eider in Hascosay Sound, Shetland and a Richardson's Cackling Goose at Mersehead RSPB, Dumfries and Galloway.

Lingering rarities included the Northern Mockingbird in Devon, White-winged Scoter in Lothian, King Eider in Vaila Sound, Shetland, Rustic Bunting in Surrey, Dusky Warbler in Merseyside, Spotted Sandpiper in Ayrshire and Long-billed Dowitcher in Yorkshire.

Scarcity highlights included a Rose-coloured Starling, three Little Buntings, eight Waxwings, a Rough-legged Buzzard, a Grey Phalarope, a Glossy Ibis, three Ring-necked Ducks, six Surf Scoters, three Tundra Bean Geese, a Ring-billed Gull, five Glaucous Gulls and 16 Iceland Gulls.
Will Soar, RBA
Monday 1st March 2021  
 

Still present were the Northern Mockingbird in Devon, two Richardson's Cackling Geese in Western Isles, Spotted Sandpiper in Ayrshire, Long-billed Dowitcher in North Yorkshire, Lesser Yellowlegs in Devon, Rustic Bunting in Surrey and the two Dusky Warblers together in Merseyside.

Among the other highlights nationally today were Richard's Pipit (Glamorgan), two Little Buntings (Surrey), Great Grey Shrike (Hampshire), Shorelark (Lothian), Ring-billed Gull (Co.Fermanagh), Surf Scoter (Lothian), nine Ring-necked Ducks, Snow Goose (Western Isles), two Black Brants, Grey Phalarope (Hampshire) and Glossy Ibis (Dorset).
David Campbell, RBA
Sunday 28th February 2021  
  The highlight of the day was the discovery of a Bonaparte's Gull in Gloucestershire at Slimbridge. Rarities elsewhere comprised the Northern Mockingbird still in Devon, Rustic Bunting still in Surrey, White-billed Diver on the Orkney Isles, and two Dusky Warblers still together in Merseyside.

Scarcities included Ring-billed Gull (County Fermanagh), Shorelark (Lothian), Lapland Bunting (Kent), Green-winged Teal (County Tipperary), Little Auk (Moray), Black Brant (Dorset), Kumlien's Gull (Cambridgeshire), Grey Phalarope and Great Grey Shrike (both Hampshire), two Little Buntings, three Glossy Ibises, four each of both Surf Scoter and Waxwing, and a total of seven Ring-necked Ducks.

Incoming spring migrants included Garganey (Cambridgeshire), eight Wheatears, and 14 Sand Martins.
Chris Batty, RBA
Saturday 27th February 2021  
  A White-billed Diver was found off Burravoe, Yell, Shetland, with another lingering nearby in South Nesting Bay, Mainland. Other long staying rarities seen today included the Northern Mockingbird in Devon, Long-billed Dowitcher in Yorkshire, Rustic Bunting in Surrey, Dusky Warbler in Merseyside, Hooded Merganser in Suffolk and two Richardson's Cackling Geese in Western Isles.

Scarcity highlights included a Shorelark, a Yellow-browed Warbler, two Little Buntings, three Great Grey Shrikes, four Waxwings, nine Lapland Buntings, a Grey Phalarope, three Glossy Ibises, a Green-winged Teal, five Ring-necked Ducks, a Black Brant, five Tundra Bean Geese, three Ring-billed Gulls, 11 Glaucous Gulls and 18 Iceland Gulls.
Will Soar, RBA
Friday 26th February 2021  
 

An adult drake Bufflehead was discovered at Cresswell Pond in Northumberland. With no sign of the Warwickshire bird, it's tempting to think it may be the same individual.

In terms of continuing rarities, the Northern Mockingbird in Devon, King Eider in Shetland, Bufflehead in Co.Cork, Forster's Tern in Co.Galway, Dusky Warbler in Merseyside and Rustic Bunting in Surrey were all seen.

Other national highlights from today included Great Grey Shrike (Ceredigion), two Little Buntings (Surrey), Yellow-browed Warbler (Sussex), Ring-billed Gull (Co.Antrim), American Wigeon (Northumberland), Green-winged Teal (Cleveland), nine Ring-necked Ducks, Black Brant (Hampshire), five Glossy Ibises and Grey Phalarope (Hampshire).

Two Swallows, seven Sand Martins and a Tree Pipit were reported.
David Campbell, RBA
Thursday 25th February 2021  
  Rarities today comprised the Black Scoter back in Northumberland at Cheswick Sands, the Northern Mockingbird still in Devon, White-winged Scoter still in Lothian, Bufflehead still in Warwickshire, Rustic Bunting still in Surrey, and a Dusky Warbler still in Merseyside.

Scarcities included Rose-coloured Starling (Dorset), Surf Scoter and Shorelark (Lothian), Great Grey Shrike (Hampshire), Yellow-browed Warbler (Essex), Black Brant (Dorset), two Little Buntings, three Ring-billed Gulls, five Glossy Ibises, seven Waxwings, and a total of 10 Ring-necked Ducks.

Incoming spring migrants included Little Ringed Plover (Derbyshire), Wheatear (Isle of Wight), eight Sand Martins, and 14 White Wagtails (Isles of Scilly).
Chris Batty, RBA
Wednesday 24th February 2021  
  Rarities today comprised the Bufflehead still in Warwickshire at Coton, the Rustic Bunting still in Surrey at Thursley Common, Dusky Warbler in Merseyside at Ainsdale, and two White-billed Divers together on the Shetland Isles in Bluemull Sound.

Scarcities included Little Bunting (Surrey), Ring-billed Gull (Cornwall), Shorelark (Lothian), Kumlien's Gull (Cambridgeshire), two each of Rose-coloured Starling, Surf Scoter, Green-winged Teal, and Lapland Bunting, four Waxwings, six Ring-necked Ducks, and a total of nine Glossy Ibises.

Incoming spring migrants included Garganey (Cheshire), Ring Ouzel (East Yorkshire), Wheatear (Somerset), three Sand Martins (together in Cambridgeshire), and 10 White Wagtails.
Chris Batty, RBA
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