TOTAL NUMBER OF SPECIES RECORDED IN BRITAIN AND IRELAND COMBINED IN 2015

As of 10 November 2015, a total of 430 species have been recorded this year

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Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Today's Summary

On the Monmouthshire/Gwent border, the singing first-summer male MARMORA'S WARBLER continues to perform admirably in its chosen moorland habitat, 150 yards either side of the lower car park, 1 mile east of the B 4246 NE of Blaenavon. Park in the car park by the tall radio masts and walk 700 yards east to view from the road and car park at SO 269 107. The bird is constructing a nest by the roadside and shows exceptionally well at times.

At Portland Bill (Dorset), a singing male MARSH WARBLER sang elusively from dense vegetation close to the Observatory Garden today, whilst another present for its fourth day sang from Willows 1 mile west of Long Melford (Suffolk) close to the fence behind the former BBA factory at TL 847 461.

In Derbyshire, the county's first-ever GREAT REED WARBLER continues to bellow out from the small reedbed at Straw Bridges Ponds just WSW of Ilkeston (SK 453 416), whilst a female SUBALPINE WARBLER was discovered this afternoon on Lundy Island (Devon) 500 yards north of the village by the Quarter Wall.

A HOOPOE was present for a second day in Surrey, at the Abbeyfield Mobile Home Park near Chertsey, whilst EUROPEAN BEE-EATERS today included one briefly on wires at Trewellard (West Cornwall) and another 2 miles WSW of Aberdaron (Gwynedd) just west of Uwchmynydd at Mynydd Mawr (at SH 143 256) and later over South Stack RSPB (Anglesey). A singing male GOLDEN ORIOLE was at the Calf of Man Bird Observatory (Isle of man) early morning.

A CATTLE EGRET made a surprise brief appearance at Slimbridge WWT (Gloucs) this afternoon, whilst a calling male CORNCRAKE was an unexpected visitor to Pont Crosor, the RSPB Osprey Project Centre at Porthmadog (Gwynedd).

In the north of Britain, a BROAD-BILLED SANDPIPER continues to show very well at Port Clarence (Cleveland), on the flood viewable from the fence west of the A178, whilst not far away, a male RED-BACKED SHRIKE remains for a second day just west of Sunderland South Dock (Durham) on waste ground behind Hendon Town Moor (at NZ 408 574). On the Farne Islands (Northumberland), RED-BACKED SHRIKE and COMMON ROSEFINCH were present.

Meanwhile, late news concerns a GULL-BILLED TERN which flew SW past Flat Holm and the Heliport in Cardiff Bay (Glamorgan) yesterday evening, with a WOODCHAT SHRIKE in South Devon in Ivy Cove, west of Lannacombe Beach at Start Point.

In County Wicklow in IRELAND, a TAWNY PIPIT showed well today in Newcastle, near Six Mile Point on the beach 300 yards north of the railway station, whilst the long-staying first-year GLOSSY IBIS was still to be seen in the marsh south of the East End Pool at Tacumshin (Co. Wexford).

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