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Tuesday 9th October 2018  
  On the Shetland Isles both White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows remained on Foula, as did the Snowy Owl on Fetlar, Citrine Wagtail on Bressay and Pied-billed Grebe on Mainland along with Red-breasted Flycatcher, Barred Warbler and four Common Rosefinches. On the Isles of Scilly Tawny Pipit (Bryher), Greenish Warbler (St Agnes), Rose-coloured Starling (St Martin's), Barred Warbler, Common Rosefinch, Red-backed Shrike, Wryneck and five Cattle Egrets were all logged.

Rarities elsewhere comprised the Pacific Diver still in County Cork, Isabelline Shrike species on the Western Isles, Baird's Sandpiper in Moray, Red-flanked Bluetail in East Yorkshire, Bee-eater in Northumberland, Pallid Harrier in Hertfordshire, Lesser Yellowlegs in both Cornwall and Suffolk, Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire and Ferruginous Ducks in both Forth (where new at Skinflats) and Suffolk.

Other scarcities included Ortolan Bunting (Norfolk), Hoopoe (Kent), Red-backed Shrike (Argyll), Wryneck (Cornwall), Temminck's Stint (Hampshire), Long-tailed Skua (County Durham), two each of Shorelark, American Wigeon and Surf Scoter, three of Red-breasted Flycatcher, Glossy Ibis and Rose-coloured Starling, four of Barred Warbler and Spotted Crake, five of Lapland Bunting and Pectoral Sandpiper and a total of eight Richard's Pipits.
Chris Batty, RBA
Monday 8th October 2018  
  New discoveries today included an Aquatic Warbler, Greenish Warbler and Red-throated Pipit in Scilly (the former of St Mary's, the latter two on St Agnes), a Snowy Owl in Shetland on Fetlar, a Greenish Warbler in Kent at North Foreland, a Citrine Wagtail in Essex at Holland Haven Country Park, a Lesser Yellowlegs in Western Isles at Aird an Runair, North Uist and a White-rumped Sandpiper in County Galway on Inishbofin.

Lingering rarities included the Blackpoll Warbler in County Galway, White-throated Sparrow, Blyth's Reed Warbler, Citrine Wagtail and Pied-billed Grebe in Shetland, Red-flanked Bluetail in Yorkshire, Isabelline Shrike in Western Isles, Bee-eater in Northumberland, Blyth's Reed Warbler in Norfolk, Tawny Pipit in Scilly, Pallid Harrier in Hertfordshire, Pacific Diver in County Cork, Lesser Yellowlegs in Dorset and Suffolk, Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire, Baird's Sandpiper in Moray, American White-winged Scoter in Lothian, Blue-winged Teal in County Kerry, Lesser Scaup in Somerset and Ferruginous Duck in Suffolk.
Will Soar, RBA
Sunday 7th October 2018  
  The highlight of the day was the discovery of a Green Warbler on Lundy, Devon; just the fifth record for Britain of this species. New rarities elsewhere comprised a Blackpoll Warbler in County Galway on Inishbofin, a Hooded Merganser in Carmarthenshire at Kidwelly Quay, Radde's Warbler in Kent at Langdon Cliffs, Red-flanked Bluetail in East Yorkshire at Spurn and in Norfolk a Blyth's Reed Warbler was located on Blakeney Point and an Olive-backed Pipit flew over Burnham Overy Dunes.

On the Shetland Isles the Pied-billed Grebe remained with Citrine Wagtail, Blyth's Reed Warbler, American Golden Plover and two Yellow-browed Warblers all logged. Whilst the best on the Isles of Scilly were Tawny Pipit, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Little Bunting, Rose-coloured Starling, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Barred Warbler, Red-backed Shrike, Wryneck, five Cattle Egrets and nine Yellow-browed Warblers.

Other rarities elsewhere comprised the Pacific Diver back again in County Cork at Crookhaven, American White-winged Scoter still in Lothian, Pallid Harrier in Hertfordshire, Bee-eater in Northumberland, Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire, Lesser Yellowlegs in Cornwall, Dorset and Suffolk, Black Duck in Highland, Lesser Scaup in Somerset and Ferruginous Ducks in both Hampshire and Suffolk. Whilst other scarcities included Ortolan Bunting (Norfolk), Red-backed Shrike (West Sussex), Wryneck (Cornwall), Shorelark (Kent), Surf Scoter (Lothian), Lesser Snow Goose (Moray), two each of Little Bunting, Rose-coloured Starling, Spotted Crake, American Wigeon and Glossy Ibis, three of Red-breasted Flycatcher, Common Rosefinch, Richard's Pipit and Great Grey Shrike, four American Golden Plovers, five Pectoral Sandpipers, seven Lapland Buntings, and a total of 14 Barred Warblers.
Chris Batty, RBA
Saturday 6th October 2018  
  The highlight of the day was the reappearance of the Pechora Pipit on Unst whilst around the Shetland Isles were Subalpine Warbler sp (Whalsay), Pied-billed Grebe (Mainland), Citrine Wagtail and American Golden Plover (Bressay), Melodious and Marsh Warbler, Little and Lapland Bunting, two Blyth's Reed, eight Barred and 11 Yellow-browed Warblers. Whilst on the Isles of Scilly Tawny Pipit, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Barred Warbler, Red-backed Shrike, Wryneck, two each of both Rose-coloured Starling and Great Shearwater, four Yellow-browed Warblers and six Cattle Egrets were all logged.

Rarities elsewhere comprised Isabelline Shrike sp and Snowy Owl on the Western Isles, American White-winged Scoter still in Lothian, Pallid Harrier in Hertfordshire, Blyth's Reed Warbler in County Donegal, Alpine Swift briefly in County Cork, Bee-eater in Northumberland, Blue-winged Teal in County Kerry, Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire, Ferruginous Duck in Suffolk, Lesser Yellowlegs in each of Cornwall, Dorset, Suffolk and the Western Isles, and a White-billed Diver passed County Durham then Northumberland.

Scarcities elsewhere included Red-breasted Flycatcher (County Cork), Rose-coloured Starling (Lothian), Red-backed Shrike (West Sussex), Wryneck (Cornwall), Surf Scoter (Northumberland), Temminck's Stint (Hampshire), Spotted Crake (Hertfordshire), American Wigeon (Lancashire), Lesser Snow Goose (Moray), two each of Little Bunting, Richard's Pipit and Common Rosefinch, three Glossy Ibises, four Barred Warblers, six Long-tailed Skuas, nine American Golden Plovers and a total of 10 Pectoral Sandpipers.
Chris Batty, RBA
Friday 5th October 2018  
  New rarities comprised Black Scoter in Lancashire, Marsh Sandpiper in Aberdeenshire and Baird's Sandpiper in Cornwall.

The Shetland Isles continued to host both White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows, Lanceolated Warbler, Pied-billed Grebe, Blyth's Reed Warbler, Citrine Wagtail, Melodious Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Common Rosefinch, two Barred Warblers and American Golden Plovers and 12 Yellow-browed Warblers.

Isles of Scilly produced Tawny Pipit, Glossy Ibis, Wryneck, Red-backed Shrike, two Rose-coloured Starlings, six Cattle Egrets, Corncrake, Common Rosefinch, Buff-breasted Sandpiper and five Yellow-browed Warblers.

Elsewhere lingering rarities included Bonaparte's Gull (Co Waterford), Lesser Yellowlegs (Cornwall, Dorset and Western Isles), Ferruginous Ducks (Hampshire and Suffolk), Pallid Harrier (Hertfordshire), Long-billed Dowitcher (Lincolnshire), American White-winged Scoter (Lothian), Baird's Sandpiper and King Eider (Moray), Lesser Scaup (Somerset) and Isabelline shrike sp and Blyth's Reed Warbler (Western Isles).

Scarcities away from Shetland and Scilly included Hoopoe (Dorset), American Wigeon (Leicestershire), Richard's Pipit (Cornwall), Corncrake (Lincolnshire), Red-backed Shrike (West Sussex), Rough-legged Buzzard (Norfolk), two Red-breasted Flycatchers, Common Rosefinches, Spotted Crakes and Little Buntings, three American Golden Plovers, four Barred Warblers, seven Pectoral Sandpipers and 15 Yellow-browed Warblers.
Stuart Piner, RBA
Thursday 4th October 2018  
  On Shetland a Lanceolated Warbler was discovered at (Mainland), a Pied-billed Grebe returned to Loch of Spiggie (Mainland) and a Blyth's Reed Warbler was confirmed at Skaw (Unst). Elsewhere on the archipelago Citrine Wagtails remained on Unst and Bressay and the White-crowned and the White-throated Sparrows were still on Foula. Scarcities included two American Golden Plovers, Marsh Warbler, Common Rosefinch and five Yellow-browed Warblers.

Isles of Scilly hosted Tawny Pipit, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Common Rosefinch, Wryneck, Yellow-browed Warbler and two Rose-coloured Starling.

Away from Shetland and Isles of Scilly new discoveries included a Blyth's Reed Warbler (Barra, Western Isles) and Bonaparte's Gull (Co Waterford), whilst Brown Shrike (Cornwall), Lesser Yellowlegs (Cornwall, Suffolk and Western Isles), Pallid Harrier (Hertfordshire), Ferruginous Ducks (Hampshire and Suffolk), American White-winged Scoter (Lothian), King Eider (Moray) and Isabelline shrike sp (Western Isles) all lingered.

The best of the rest included Red-breasted Flycatcher (London), Hoopoe (Dorset), Barred Warbler (Northumberland), Red-necked Phalarope (Norfolk), Common Rosefinch (Argyll), two Red-backed Shrikes and American Golden Plovers, at least two Spotted Crakes (Hertfordshire), four Yellow-browed Warblers and at least four Wrynecks (all Cornwall).
Stuart Piner, RBA
Wednesday 3rd October 2018  
  On the Shetland Isles new discoveries included a Pechora Pipit, presumed Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Citrine Wagtails and two Blyth's Reed Warblers, whilst White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows and Citrine Wagtail lingered, and scarcities included Marsh Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Red-backed Shrike, Spotted Crake, three American Golden Plovers and Common Rosefinches, nine Barred Warblers and at least 28 Yellow-browed Warblers.

Isles of Scilly produced lingering Tawny Pipit, as well as Common Rosefinch, Melodious Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Rose-coloured Starling and two Yellow-browed Warblers.

Away from Shetland and Scilly, new discoveries included Lesser Yellowlegs (Suffolk), Snowy Owl and two Blyth's Reed Warbler (Orkney) and Baird's Sandpiper (Moray), whilst Brown Shrike (Cornwall), Blue-winged Teal (Co Kerry), Ferruginous Ducks (Hampshire and Suffolk), Pallid Harrier (Hertfordshire), Lesser Scaup (Somerset) and Isabelline shrike sp (Western Isles).
Stuart Piner, RBA
Tuesday 2nd October 2018  
  The highlight of the day was the continued presence of the River Warbler on Unst whilst around island totals from Shetland included the White-throated Sparrow and Buff-breasted Sandpiper both still on Foula, a Citrine Wagtail briefly on Bressay, Melodious Warbler, Marsh Warbler, two each of American Golden Plover, Barred Warbler and Lapland Bunting, three Common Rosefinches and eight Yellow-browed Warblers.

On the Isles of Scilly a Tawny Pipit remained on Bryher with Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Rose-coloured Starling, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Lapland Bunting, two Pectoral Sandpipers and two Yellow-browed Warblers present around the archipelago.

Rarities elsewhere were headlined by an Isabelline Shrike new on the Western Isles on Barra and a Blue-winged Teal discovered at Trabeg, County Kerry, with lingering rarities comprising the Brown Shrike still in Cornwall, American White-winged Scoter in Lothian, Pallid Harrier in Hertfordshire, Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire, Lesser Yellowlegs in both Dorset and the Western Isles, King Eider in Moray and Ferruginous Ducks in Essex, Hampshire and Suffolk.

Scarcities included Dotterel (Argyll), Great Shearwater (Cornwall), two each of Rose-coloured Starling, Red-backed Shrike, Yellow-browed Warbler, Red-necked Phalarope, Sabine's Gull, Spotted Crake, American Wigeon and Glossy Ibis, and six of both Pectoral Sandpiper and Long-tailed Skua.
Chris Batty, RBA
Monday 1st October 2018  
  The highlight of the day was the discovery of a River Warbler on Unst. Other notable birds on the Shetland Isles today comprised an American Buff-bellied Pipit new in on Foula where both the White-crowned Sparrow and White-throated Sparrow remain, with around island totals of Melodious Warbler, Short-toed Lark, Marsh Warbler, American Golden Plover, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Lapland Bunting, Yellow-browed Warbler, Iceland Gull and two each of both Common Rosefinch and Barred Warbler.

On the Isles of Scilly a Tawny Pipit remained alongside Rose-coloured Starling, Pectoral Sandpiper, Lapland Bunting, two Red-breasted Flycatchers, three Common Rosefinches and seven Yellow-browed Warblers whilst 100 Great Shearwaters were logged offshore.

Rarities elsewhere comprised the Brown Shrike still in Cornwall, Olive-backed Pipit in Norfolk, American White-winged Scoter in Lothian, Pallid Harrier in Hertfordshire, Baird's Sandpiper and White-rumped Sandpiper together in County Londonderry, Long-billed Dowitcher in Lincolnshire, Lesser Yellowlegs in both Dorset and the Western Isles, Lesser Scaup in Somerset and Ferruginous Ducks in both Hampshire and Suffolk.

Other scarcities included American Golden Plover and Common Rosefinch (Orkney Isles), Rose-coloured Starling (Lothian), Red-necked Phalarope (County Wexford), Temminck's Stint (Hampshire), American Wigeon (Lancashire), Glossy Ibis (Leicestershire), Great Shearwater (East Yorkshire), two each of Hoopoe, Red-backed Shrike, Wryneck, Yellow-browed Warbler and Surf Scoter, three of Barred Warbler and Spotted Crake, four Lapland Buntings, five Buff-breasted Sandpipers, and seven each of Pectoral Sandpiper and Long-tailed Skua.
Chris Batty, RBA
Sunday 30th September 2018  
  The ninth White-crowned Sparrow for Britain appeared on Foula, Shetland this morning, less than twelve months after the previous British record, also on Foula. The White-throated Sparrow also remained on the same island, making for an impressive double. A Brown Shrike was present for its second day in Cornwall at Soapy Cove, The Lizard.

Other new discoveries today included a Blyth's Reed Warbler at Lowestoft, Suffolk, single Citrine Wagtails on St Kilda, Western Isles and on Unst, Shetland, a Bee-eater at Burry Port, Carmarthenshire and a Baird's Sandpiper at Easington, Yorkshire.

Lingering rarities included American White-winged Scoter in Lothian, Ferruginous Duck in Suffolk, Lesser Yellowlegs in Dorset and Cornwall, Pallid Harrier in Hertfordshire and Tawny Pipit in Scilly.

Scarcity highlights included an Ortolan Bunting, a Melodious Warbler, two Red-backed Shrikes, two Rose-coloured Starlings, three Richard's Pipits, four Barred Warblers, five Wrynecks, six Lapland Buntings, ten Common Rosefinches, 16 Yellow-browed Warblers, three Spotted Crakes, two Honey Buzzards, a Glossy Ibis, three American Wigeon, a Dotterel, a Temminck's Stint, two American Golden Plovers, two Buff-breasted Sandpipers, eight Grey Phalaropes, ten Pectoral Sandpipers, a Little Auk, a Sabine's Gull, a Long-tailed Skua, 15 Pomarine Skuas, 12 Leach's Petrels and an Iceland Gull.
Will Soar, RBA
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