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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.

Land­birds

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.

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