NewsMap Lite - Rare and scarce birds in the British Isles today

Welcome to NewsMap Lite. Click on the symbols on the map to find the basic details on the latest breaking rare and scarce birdnews for Britain and Ireland.  To see details of each sighting you need to use the subscriber only "NewsMap".

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  Most recent RBA news as at 23:41 (Includes local news not shown on NewsMap Lite)
Below is the actual text of the 3 most recent messages to RBA subscribers. For how to access all messages: click here
  Today at 22:38   Orkney Glaucous Gull ad Mainland at Graemeshall Loch  
  Today at 22:38   Argyll Green-winged Teal drk Islay at Port Charlotte on old distillery ponds  
  Today at 22:27   Co.Wexford Ring-billed Gull ad Wexford harbour still  
  News summary for yesterday  
  RBA subscribers click here for more daily summaries complete with weather charts
  Rarities today comprised both the Harlequin Ducks still in Aberdeenshire and Highland, American Coot on the Western Isles, Laughing Gull on the Wirral, Blue-winged Teal on the Orkney Isles, two Penduline Tits together in Devon, Bonaparte's Gulls in Dorset, Glamorgan (2) and County Waterford, Lesser Scaups in Ayrshire, Glamorgan and County Sligo, and six White-billed Divers together in Aberdeenshire.

Scarcities included American Wigeon (Nottinghamshire), Yellow-browed Warbler (Worcestershire), two each of Little Bunting, Lapland Bunting and Glossy Ibis, four of Surf Scoter and Rough-legged Buzzard, five Ring-necked Ducks, eight Shorelarks, 10 Great Grey Shrikes and 22 Waxwings. Notable gulls included 21 Iceland, nine Ring-billed, nine Glaucous, two Caspian and a Kumlien's.

Spring migration is still slow with just 10 White Wagtails, six Willow Warblers, six Swallows, five Garganey, two Tree Pipits and a single Osprey seen today.
Chris Batty, RBA