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

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  Most recent RBA news as at 03:50 (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
  Yesterday at 22:55   Suffolk 4.Caspian Gulls in pig fields 1.5mls north of Great Livermere this evening  
  Yesterday at 22:51   Dorset Red-necked Grebe ad Portland Harbour off Hamm Beach at high tide but distant  
  Yesterday at 22:46   Glos 2.Cattle Egrets (both ads) again Frampton-on-Severn roosted in trees on opposite side of Court Lake  
  News summary for yesterday  
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  New rarities today all came in the form of waders along the east coast. Top of the bill went to a Stilt Sandpiper found at Cresswell in Northumberland and still present this evening. A Broad-billed Sandpiper found at Gibraltar Point was not so obliging, as it disappeared late morning. This site also held a White-rumped Sandpiper for it's second day, and another White-rumped Sandpiper was found today at Pool of Virkie on Mainland Shetland. In Suffolk the six Black-winged Stilts (presumably from Cavenham) were seen in flight near Great Livermere this evening.

Other lingering rarities included the much appreciated Pacific Golden Plover in Staffordshire, Bonaparte's Gull in Kent, Laughing Gull in County Cork, family of Bee-eaters on the Isle of Wight and the Swinhoe's Petrel which was trapped yet again on Fair Isle last night.

There was a Spotted Crake at Burton Mere in Cheshire that was seen with chicks this afternoon, whilst the bird at Titchwell in Norfolk was still present but played hard to get. The adult Long-tailed Skua was still at Thornham in Norfolk this morning, a Cory's Shearwater flew past Lossiemouth in Moray and Nairn and two Great Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian Ferry. The Night Heron was still in Warwickshire and Glossy Ibises were still to be found in Lincolnshire, Cumbria and Leicestershire.
Pete Hayman, RBA