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well, in­ter­mit­tently, at Mist­ley Quay (Es­sex/ Suf­folk) on the River Stour on 19th-20th be­fore re­lo­cat­ing to the Deben and Felixstowe Ferry (Suf­folk) on 21st. Five days later on 26th, it showed very well for almost five hours at Folke­stone (Kent) be­fore fly­ing off south at 2.30pm never to be seen again. Once again, Shet­land had a Ru­fous (Ori­en­tal) Tur­tle Dove (ssp meena) in Novem­ber, in a North Roe gar­den in north Main­land from 7th-17th. The num­bers of win­ter­ing Shore Larks con­tin­ued to im­press, with as many as 82 be­ing re­ported from Holkham Gap (Nor­folk) mid-month and up to 60 else­where, pri­mar­ily in Loth­ian and North Lin­colnshire, while a dozen Richard’s Pip­its oc­curred, in­clud­ing a re­turn­ing bird at Swale NNR, Isle of Shep­pey (Kent) from 25th. The win­ter­ing Black-bel­lied Dip­per in Need­ham Mar­ket (Suf­folk) was last re­ported on 26th. More than 2,000 Waxwings ar­rived into Bri­tain in the first half of Novem­ber. Scot­land pro­duced the last Siberian Ac­cen­tor of the au­tumn – the UK’S 13th – trapped and ringed at Avoch, on the Black Isle (In­ver­ness Dis­trict) on 6th. It was last re­ported on 12th and one of 232 that got ‘lost’ in Europe this au­tumn. Our only Siberian Rubythroat of the au­tumn was on Fair Isle on 18th – some­what sur­pris­ingly scarce con­sid­er­ing the ex­cep­tional in­flux of other rares from its re­gion. An un­prece­dented in­flux of Eastern Black Red­starts con­tin­ued with sin­gles at Skin­ningrove (Cleve­land) from 1st into De­cem­ber, Hartle­pool Head­land (Cleve­land) on 3rd-9th, Cay­ton Bay, Scar­bor­ough (East Yorks) on 7th-10th and at Tor­ness (Loth­ian) from 30th. Also un­prece­dented was the in­flux of Is­abelline Wheatears into Bri­tain, that on Is­lay in Machir Bay (Ar­gyll) from 22nd-30th rep­re­sent­ing the sixth in­di­vid­ual this au­tumn (the Gun Hill first-win­ter in Nor­folk sur­viv­ing un­til at least 6th De­cem­ber af­ter its ini­tial ar­rival on 22nd Oc­to­ber!). Desert Wheatears, too, have been im­pres­sive with a fur­ther three in Novem­ber (Thurle­stone Beach, South Devon, from 8th into De­cem­ber, The new record year to­tal (so far) of species seen in the UK and Ire­land for a sin­gle year

Num­ber of Cliff Swal­lows ever in the UK (in­clud­ing the two this year)

Num­ber of Siberian Ac­cen­tors in Europe this au­tumn: 75 in Swe­den, 74 in Fin­land, 13 in UK, 12 in Den­mark, 11 in Poland, 11 in Ger­many, 10 in Nor­way, nine in Latvia, eight in Es­to­nia, four in Lithua­nia, three in north-west Rus­sia and sin­gles in the Czech Repub­lic and the Nether­lands.

Num­ber of Is­abelline Wheatears in UK this au­tumn Min­i­mum num­ber of Waxwings in UK this au­tumn, in­clud­ing a flock of more than 500 in El­gin (Nairn) on 11th Novem­ber Lytham St Annes, Lan­cashire, from 17th-21st and at Nor­man’s Bay, Bex­hill-on-sea, East Sus­sex, from 28th), tak­ing this au­tumn’s tally to eight. Round­ing off what has been an as­tound­ing au­tumn for rare thrushes, Bri­tain scored with an adult male Eye­browed Thrush at Bo­lam Coun­try Park (Northum­ber­land) on 4th, the afore­men­tioned Der­byshire Dusky from 25th and a first-win­ter male Black-throated Thrush at Dale (Orkney) from 10th-16th; while late Barred War­blers in­cluded sin­gles in gar­dens at Deer­ness (Orkney) un­til 20th and trapped and ringed in Rhos-on-sea (Cl­wyd) on 24th and an equally late lin­ger­ing Radde’s War­bler on Cape Clear Is­land (Co. Cork) on 1st. A fur­ther seven Dusky War­blers made land­fall dur­ing the month, in­clud­ing sin­gles on Unst on 1st and 2nd, in Pen­with at Swyn­gates House and Land’s End (Corn­wall) from 3rd-10th, Broad­sands Ley (South Devon) on 6th, Carn Fri­ars, St Mary’s (Scilly) on 10th, Holme NOA (Nor­folk) on 23rd and Nan­jizal (Corn­wall) on 23rd: the big­gest au­tumn ever for this skulk­ing Siberian war­bler in the UK. An­other five Pal­las’s Leaf War­blers (with sin­gles at Bawd­sey, Suf­folk, on 3rd, Deal Hall, Dengie, Es­sex, on 8th, Skomer on 13th, Eas­ing­ton, East Yorks, on 12th and Hartle­pool Head­land, Cleve­land, on 25th), three late Red-breasted Fly­catch­ers and three-plus cau­da­tus Long-tailed Tits on Mull (Ar­gyll) on 7th. First-win­ter (Dau­rian) Is­abelline Shrikes were iden­ti­fied at Toe Head (Co. Cork) on 1st, Tre­vil­ley Farm, Skew­jack (Corn­wall) on 2nd and Mur­lough (Co. Down) on 5th, with five ju­ve­nile Rose­c­oloured Star­lings noted, in­clud­ing pop­u­lar birds at Lim­pen­hoe (Nor­folk) on 4th-8th and in Broad­field, Craw­ley (West Sus­sex) from 27th, a Red-eyed Vireo in the Par­son­age, St Agnes (Scilly) un­til 2nd, two Horne­mann’s Arc­tic Red­polls on Unst (Shet­land) on 12th-17th. Scan­di­na­vian Arc­tic Red­polls (ex­ilipes) were on Fair Isle on to at least 11th, up to three on Unst dur­ing 10th-20th, at Queenamidda (Orkney) on 19th and on Salt­house Beach (Nor­folk) from 22nd-26th. Fol­low­ing on from the un­der­ly­ing record theme, an­other half dozen or so Lit­tle Buntings were lo­cated, in­clud­ing sin­gles at Bawd­sey (Suf­folk) on 13th-15th and Thetford Nun­nery Lakes (Nor­folk) on 15th.

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