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Swifts arrived in small numbers but there were 26 May Hoopoes. Perhaps 11 European Bee-eaters included a particularly confiding adult at Winterton/east Somerton (Norfolk) from 11th-16th. Elsewhere, there were nine Wrynecks, five Short-toed Larks, a Calandra Lark on Fair Isle on 10th-11th and 15 Red-rumped Swallows, including stayers on St Mary’s (Scilly) from 5th-17th, Beachy Head (East Sussex) on 12th and at Lodmoor/radipole Lake RSPB (Dorset) on 14th-15th. A Tawny Pipit was at Sumburgh Head (Shetland) on 8th, and a highly unusual spring Blyth’s Pipit turned up on Bardsey Island (Gwynedd) on 11th. Eight Richard’s Pipits appeared as did six Redthroated Pipits, female Citrine Wagtails on the Isle of May (Fife) and at Seaton Carew, Teesmouth (Cleveland) on 10th, male Black-headed Wagtails at Titchwell Marsh (Norfolk) on 2nd-3rd, Rhyl (North Wales) on 9th and at Skinflats Lagoon, Grangemouth, on 12th. Alpine Accentors were on Scolt Head Island (Norfolk) on 14th-19th April and at Gibraltar Point NNR (Lincs) on 8th May. Eight Thrush Nightingales were seen, as were at least 22 red-spotted Bluethroats including a singing male on territory in Strathspey (Highland) and a female Eastern Black-eared Wheatear at Cart Gap, Happisburgh (Norfolk) on 28th; a corking male Caspian Stonechat spent 10th-11th at Titchfield Haven NNR (Hampshire). A female Sardinian Warbler spent the day in the Canal Zone bushes at Spurn Point (East Yorks) on 16th, while no fewer than 22 Subalpine Warblers were discovered, including three of which that were clear albistriata. There was a bumper crop of reeling Savi’s Warblers, with males at Minsmere RSPB (Suffolk) to 17th, Greylake RSPB (Somerset) all month, Five Mile Point (Co. Wicklow) on Great Spotted Cuckoo, Portland, Dorset, 13 May
Dalmatian Pelican, Drift Reservoir, Cornwall, 25 May
Icterine Warbler, Laggan, Highland, 30 May
Western Bonelli’s Warbler, Gibraltar Point, Lincolnshire, 8 May 22nd-26th, Newport Wetlands NR (Gwent) from 26th-29th and at Blacktoft Sands RSPB (East Yorks) from 20th-31st, an even better showing of bellowing Great Reed Warblers with males at Willington GP (Derbyshire) on 9th, Netherfield Lagoons (Notts) on 9th, Haverton Allotments Pool (Cleveland) on 10th-16th and Paxton Pits NR (Cambs) from 18th into June. Some nine Icterine Warblers included a longstaying singing male at Laggan (Highland) from 29th until at least 16th June. There were two Melodious Warblers, an Eastern Olivaceous Warbler at Scatness (Shetland) from 29th-31st, an Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler trapped and ringed at the Calf of Man on 5th-6th, a Western Bonelli’s Warbler trapped and ringed at Portland Bill Bird Observatory Garden (Dorset) on 11th and 13th, a singing male Dusky Warbler at Hickling Broad (Norfolk) on 7th and another at Walney Island (Cumbria) on 14th. Several Greenish Warblers from 28th, including the first of at least four on Bardsey Island, a Green Warbler on Unst at Baltasound from 11th-14th, some 16 Red-breasted Flycatchers and a female Collared Flycatcher on Fair Isle on 23rd. Following the first migrant Red-backed Shrikes at Torness Power Station (Lothian) and Mizen Head (Co. Cork) as early as 8th, no fewer than 46 were to follow, with some eight Woodchat Shrikes, including one well north on Fair Isle on 11th-14th. Some 22 European Serins were found but none breeding. There were nine Common Rosefinches, including the odd male on territory in Scotland, a first-summer male Rose-breasted Grosbeak at West Burra (Shetland) on 2nd-3rd, a male Whitecrowned Sparrow at Port Nis, Lewis (Outer Hebrides) Two different Rustic Buntings on Fair Isle (a male on 13th and a female on 27th) and an Ortolan Bunting on St Agnes (Scilly) on 24th.