excite and delight in the Balranald RSPB area of North Uist (Outer Hebrides) throughout, much to the chagrin of the local Teal population.
Waders and gulls
On the rare wader front, there was little change, with Cornwall’s wintering Hudsonian Whimbrel still commuting between Perranuthnoe and Marazion all month, the Spotted Sandpiper at Pilmore Strand, Youghal (Co. Cork) until 23rd, the Greater Yellowlegs on the Isle of Wight on the River Medina at Whippingham until 4th, the Lesser Yellowlegs at Breydon Water (Norfolk) until 27th and Long-billed Dowitchers at Cresswell Pond (Northumberland) and Pennington Marshes (Hants) throughout and at Wanlip Meadows LWT (Leics) from 5th-20th then (possibly a different individual) at Rutland Water (Leics) from 23rd until at least 31st March. An adult Bonaparte’s Gull returned to Thurso Harbour (Caithness) from 23rd, while Ring-billed Gull sightings included just three in Britain, but up to 25 in Ireland. Both American Herring Gulls remained in West Cornwall, at St Just and Newlyn respectively, while the adult Glaucous-winged Gull was at Castletownbere Harbour (Co. Cork) throughout. The long-staying adult Forster’s Tern in Galway survived until at least 16th.
A male Snowy Owl was seen near Lairg at Dalchork (Highland) on 17th, with perhaps the same near Bridge of Orchy (Highland) on 27th while the overwintering Hoopoe at Wall Heath, Kingswinford (West Midlands) survived until at least 31st March. Wintering Shore Larks still numbered just eight, with four Richard’s Pipits (two at Flamborough’s ABOVE (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) Ferruginous Duck, Holkham Park Lake, Norfolk, 24 February
Juvenile Iceland Gull, Holyhead, Anglesey, 26 February
Slavonian Grebe, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, January Glossy Ibis, Marazion, Cornwall, 6 February North Landing and another two at Blackhall Rocks in County Durham), two Black-bellied Dippers on Shetland and a paltry two Waxwings, with singles in Ipswich (Suffolk) on 1st and at Widdrington (Northumberland) from 8th-13th. Perhaps six Penduline Tits survived, with one or two at Titchfield Haven NNR (Hants) throughout the month and the two males at Horsbere Pool, Gloucester (Gloucs) and two at Saltholme Pools (Cleveland) from 5th-28th. The Rose-coloured Starling remained on The Lizard (Cornwall) throughout, a peripheral first-winter Scandinavian Arctic Redpoll at Birling Carrs, Warkworth (Northumberland) until 7th and a northern (caudatus) Long-tailed Tit at Samphire Hoe CP (Kent) on 16th.