BE­LOW

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on 9th, re­lo­cat­ing to Edg­bas­ton Reser­voir from 11th-15th, while that in Cen­tral Scot­land re­mained at Blair­drum­mond Wildlife Park un­til at least 29th.

Rap­tors, waders, gulls and terns

The adult male North­ern Har­rier sur­vived on North Ron­ald­say (Orkney) un­til at least 18th, while at least six Rough-legged Buz­zards con­tin­ued, in­clud­ing the ju­ve­nile at Hol­land Haven (Es­sex). The odd Stone-curlew had put in an ap­pear­ance in Suf­folk Breck­land as early as 12th, but on the rare wader front, a fairly poor show­ing, with Corn­wall’s win­ter­ing Hud­so­nian Whim­brel still com­mut­ing be­tween Per­ranuth­noe and Marazion un­til 31st, the Spot­ted Sand­piper at Pil­more Strand, Youghal (Co. Cork) un­til 3rd, the Lesser Yel­lowlegs at Brey­don Wa­ter (Nor­folk) un­til 4th and Long­billed Dow­itch­ers at Cress­well Pond (Northum­ber­land), Pen­ning­ton Marshes (Hants) and at Rut­land Wa­ter (Le­ics) through­out. Adult Bon­a­parte’s Gulls were seen at Thurso Har­bour (Caith­ness) and Dawlish War­ren NNR and en­vi­rons (South Devon), all month, while Ring-billed Gull sight­ings in­cluded five in Bri­tain and up to 25 in Ire­land. Both Amer­i­can Her­ring Gulls re­mained in West Corn­wall, at St Just and New­lyn re­spec­tively, with a new bird on Barra from 3rd, while the adult Glau­cous-winged Gull at Castle­town­bere Har­bour (Co. Cork) was noted un­til at least 31st. A Franklin’s Gull was re­ported from Si­bly­back Reser­voir (Corn­wall) on 5th, while the longstay­ing adult Forster’s Tern in Gal­way sur­vived un­til at least 16th.

Land­birds

The over­win­ter­ing Hoopoe at Wall Heath, Kingswin­ford (West Mid­lands) sur­vived un­til at ABOVE (CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT) Amer­i­can Wi­geon, Scar­bor­ough, North York­shire, 10 March

Surf Scoter, Filey Brigg, North York­shire, 10 March

Richard’s Pipit, Flam­bor­ough Head, East York­shire, 10 March

Long-billed Dow­itcher, Cress­well Pond, Northum­ber­land, 11 March Hoopoe, Hinks­ford, Staffs, 6 March least 31st. Win­ter­ing Shore Larks de­creased to five, with both Flam­bor­ough Head Richard’s Pip­its at North Land­ing all month, the two Black-bel­lied Dip­pers on Shet­land and just the odd Bo­hemian Waxwing noted. This year’s record Pen­du­line Tit in­flux con­tin­ued, with one or two still at Titch­field Haven NNR (Hants) un­til 14th, the two males at Hors­bere Pool, Glouces­ter (Gloucs) un­til at least 31st and two at Saltholme Pools (Cleve­land) un­til 12th, with fur­ther sin­gles at Mag­no­lia NR (Es­sex) on 14th15th and Strump­shaw Fen RSPB (Nor­folk) from 15th-31st. The Rose-coloured Star­ling re­mained on The Lizard (Corn­wall) through­out, with a Lit­tle Bunting at Church Farm, near Wok­ing (Sur­rey) from 13th-31st.

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