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: Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis St John's Loch (Caithness), 1st February to 10th March and 28th December to 1997. Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax Lizard (Cornwall), 26th-29th October. Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris Bran & Seal Sands, Greenabella Marsh (Cleveland), 13th October to 5th November. Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda Foula (Shetland), 2nd-l5th September. Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan Foula, 6th-7th July. Crested Lark Galerida cristata Landguard (Suffolk), 2nd & 9th October. Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler Locustella certhiola Portland (Dorset), 13th September. River Warbler L. fluviatilis Bellingham (Northumberland), 16th-30th June. Rüppell's Warbler Sylvia rueppellii Aberdaron (then Gwynedd, now Caernarfon), 21st June 1995. Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia St Mary's (Scilly), 5th- 14th October. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea Ramsey Island (Pembrokeshire), 18th-26th October. M. J. Rogers, Secretary, BBRC, 2 Churchtown Cottages, Towednack, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 3AZ.