Perhaps this has not been the best time to choose to stay at home and put my energies into Talking Naturally? Taken from the Rare Bird Alert ‘Lite’ website, this is the rare bird news for yesterday (no ‘lifers’ for me fortunately, but wow – what a September…):
- The highlight of the day was the discovery of a Semipalmated Plover in County Kerry at Ventry Harbour: only the second record for Ireland. Other Nearctic rarities recorded around the British Isles today were Hudsonian Whimbrel (County Cork), Solitary Sandpiper (Isles of Scilly), two Long-billed Dowitchers (Clyde and Cornwall), three each of Baird’s Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper and Lesser Yellowlegs, five each of American Golden Plover and White-rumped Sandpiper, 13 Buff-breasted Sandpipers, 16 Semipalmated Sandpipers and 22 Pectoral Sandpipers.
- Other rarities included the Sandhill Crane and Black Scoter in Aberdeenshire, Red-eyed Vireo on the Western Isles, American Buff-bellied Pipit and Citrine Wagtail on the Orkney Isles, Pallid Harriers in Argyll, Kent, the Orkney Isles, West Sussex and County Wexford, Arctic Warbler in Norfolk, Blyth’s Reed Warbler in Argyll, American Black Tern in Lincolnshire, King Eider in Moray, Ortolan Bunting in East Yorkshire, Black Kite in Cornwall, Ferruginous Duck in Somerset, and Blue-winged Teals in Cleveland, County Donegal and County Dublin.
- Meanwhile, on the Isles of Scilly the Northern Waterthrush remained with Bee-eater, Ortolan Bunting, Woodchat Shrike, Common Rosefinch, Red-backed Shrike and Wryneck. Whilst on the Shetland Isles Grey-cheeked Thrush, Pallid Harrier, Great Grey Shrike, four Common Rosefinches, 15 Lapland Buntings and 17 Yellow-browed Warblers were located.