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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  News summary for yesterday  
  RBA subscribers click here for more daily summaries complete with weather charts
  The highlight of the day was a Black-headed Bunting near Lybster, Highland, whilst in England three new Black-winged Stilts were discovered: in Cambridgeshire at the Ouse Washes, in Kent at Sandwich Bay and in Norfolk at Potter Heigham Marshes.

Rarities elsewhere comprised the Snowy Owl still on the Western Isles, Great Reed Warbler in Cambridgeshire, Iberian Chiffchaff in Cornwall, Pied-billed Grebe in Argyll, King Eider in Aberdeenshire and Bonaparte's Gull in Kent. In Cornwall a Wilson's Petrel passed Porthgwarra.

Scarcities included Marsh Warbler (Shetland Isles), Glossy Ibis (Northumberland), Cattle Egret (Merseyside), two migrant Red-necked Phalaropes (together in Worcestershire) and a total of six Rose-coloured Starlings.
Chris Batty, RBA