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 1996 unless stated otherwise.
ACCEPTED: White-billed Diver Gavia adamsii Salthouse (Norfolk), 7th October. Madeira/Cape Verde/Soft-plumaged Petrel Pterodroma madeira/P. feae/P. mollis Sea Area Fair Isle, 25th June; Newbiggin (Northumberland), 13fh September; Strumble Head (Pembrokeshire), 4th October. Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis First-summer male, Anglers Gravel-pit and adjacent waters (West Yorkshire), 15th-21st April; Frodsham (Cheshire), 16th May to 9th September; female, Drift Reservoir (Cornwall), 17th-18th November; Stithians Reservoir (Cornwall), 23rd November to at least 5th December, and, same individual, Argal Reservoir (Cornwall), 28th December into 1997. Great Snipe Gallinago media Rye Meads (Hertfordshire), 30th September to 1st October. Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus Bowling Green Marsh (Devon), 2nd June. River Warbler Locustella fluviatilis Singing, Doxey Marshes (Staffordshire), 20th June to 22nd July. Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides of 'two-barred' race plumbeitarsus Holkham Meals (Norfolk), 15th-16th October. Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis Waterside, Wigton (Cumbria), 13th July into 1997. Blackpoll Warbler Dendroica striata Stornoway (Western Isles), 26th-29th October. M. J. Rogers, Secretary, BBRC, 2 Churchtown Cottages, Towednack, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 3AZ.