first, this same individual doing suchlike at College Lake BBOWT (Bucks) from 10th-14th, while elsewhere, adults were seen at Dawlish Warren NNR (Devon) throughout, Hook Head (Co. Wexford) on 23rd-30th and at Dunnet Head (Caithness) on 29th. Ring-billed Gull sightings included just three in Britain but up to 25 in Ireland, while three or four North American Herring Gulls were identified including a ‘new’ juvenile in West Cornwall in the Newlyn area from 27th and a Ross’s Gull off of the Lizard (Cornwall) on 2nd- 4th. A Laughing Gull was reported from Walney Island (Cumbria) on 30th with an adult Franklin’s Gull roosting at Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB (Cambs) on 30th and Great Hardmead Lake, Amwell NR (Herts) the following evening; a further Franklin’s Gull was in Ireland on the Cashen Estuary (Co. Kerry) from 24th-28th, with the adult Glaucous-winged Gull at Castletownbere Harbour (Co. Cork) until at least 29th February. The long-staying adult Forster’s Tern in Galway survived until at least 16th February. A Brünnich’s Guillemot proved popular, sharing the Scapa Bay (Orkney) with up to 50 Little Auks from 8th-12th.
A Mourning Dove survived in Lerwick (Shetland) until 14th January. The overwintering Hoopoe at Wall Heath, Kingswinford (West Midlands) survived until at least 3rd March, with eight wintering Shore Larks, four Richard’s Pipits (three at Flamborough’s North Landing and another at The Swale NNR in Kent), two black-bellied Dippers on Shetland, a pathetic six Waxwings across the country (including one for three days in Ipswich, Suffolk, attracted to apples late in the month) and ABOVE (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP) Kumlien’s Gull, Barmston, East Yorkshire, 30 January
Mourning Dove, Lerwick, Shetland, January
Vega Gull, Duncannon Harbour, Co. Wexford, Ireland, 13 January Richard’s Pipit, Flamborough Head East Yorkshire, 30 January a Ring Ouzel in Berkshire at Bury Down. A Dusky Warbler was seen at Ham Wall RSPB, Shapwick Heath (Somerset) until at least 12th, with 15 wintering Yellow-browed Warblers mostly in the south-west and largely moved on by 15th and an influx of Penduline Tits, including up to four at Titchfield Haven NNR (Hants) throughout, two at Horsbere Pool, Gloucester (Gloucs) from 11th until at least 3rd March, one or two at Dungeness Hookers Pit (Kent) from mid-month and two at Saltholme Pools (Cleveland) from 5th February. It was an exceptional winter for Great Grey Shrikes with no less than 54 seen in January, with the Rose-coloured Starling on The Lizard (Cornwall) throughout, a first-winter Scandinavian Arctic Redpoll at Birling Carrs, Warkworth (Northumberland) from 19th to 7th February, two Serins at Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB (Cambs) from 8th-20th with another near Downham Market (Norfolk) from 15th-26th and a Little Bunting on Tory Island (Co. Donegal) on 16th.