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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.

Land birds

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.

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