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

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  News summary for yesterday  
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  The highlight of the day was the discovery of a singing Blyth's Reed Warbler in Kent at Joss Bay. New rarities elsewhere comprised a Red-footed Falcon in Norfolk at Stoke Ferry, a Lesser Scaup in Aberdeenshire at Loch of Skene, a Red-rumped Swallow on Tiree, Argyll, a Black Kite briefly in Hampshire and an Alpine Swift reported in Gloucestershire. Lingering rarities confirmed as still present were the Pied-billed Grebe in Argyll, territorial Little Bittern in Somerset and King Eider in Highland.

Scarcities included White-winged Black Tern (Surrey), Red-breasted Flycatcher (Isle of Man), Marsh Warbler (Suffolk), Red-necked Phalarope (Northumberland), Great Grey Shrike and Cattle Egret (Devon), and two each of Night Heron, Golden Oriole, Glossy Ibis and Shorelark.

Significant late news concerned a Lesser Kestrel on Noss, Shetland Isles on 1st May and a Slate-coloured Junco in Gwynedd at Dlogellau on 12th May.
Chris Batty, RBA