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

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  News summary for yesterday  
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  In Dorset, a Yelkouan Shearwater spent the day off Portland Bill with the lingering flock of Balearic Shearwaters. Although this potential second for Britain remained offshore through to the evening (for its second day), it often proved a difficult bird to connect with in the melee, to confirm you'd seen the 'correct' bird, and even to confirm that there wasn't more than one Yelkouan Shearwater present, with several pale Balearic Shearwaters present along with at least one moulting Manx Shearwater to add to the confusion.

A Sooty Tern flew south over Minsmere RSPB late morning, before lingering around the offshore rigs at Sizewell for a little over an hour.

Other lingering rarities included just the Lesser Yellowlegs in Yorkshire and single Bonamparte's Gulls in Kent and County Louth.

Scarcity highlights included six Rose-coloured Starlings, a Spotted Crake, two Glaucous Gulls, four Pomarine Skuas and eight Roseate Terns.
Will Soar, RBA