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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.

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