This monthly listing of the most-recent decisions by the British Birds Rarities Committee is not intended to be comprehensive or in any way to replace the annual 'Report on rare birds in Great Britain'. The records listed are mostly those of the rarest species, or those of special interest for other reasons. All records refer to 1997 unless stated otherwise.
ACCEPTED: Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides Cotswold Water Park (Gloucestershire/ Wiltshire), 24th June to 1st July. Great White Egret Egretta alba Bough Beech Reservoir (Kent), 5th-14th January 1996 (same as EastWest Sussex, Hampshire, Brit. Birds 90: 460). Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva Swaffham Prior Fen (Cambridgeshire), 14th-27th April 1996. Laughing Gull Larus atricilla Dornoch, Sutherland (Highland), 14th August to 12th October 1996; Drift Reservoir (Cornwall), 22nd April. Eurasian Scops Owl Otus scops Scarinish, Tiree (Argyll), 6th April. Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica Guildford (Surrey), 6th-7th & 1lth12th May. Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus Fair Isle (Shetland), 14th May. Thrush Nightingale Luscinia luscinia Fair Isle, 24th-30th May; 7th-10th June; 26th June. M. J. Rogers, Secretary, BBRC, 2 Churchtown Cottages, Towednack, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 3AZ