This is the 54th annual report of the to submit any well-documented older records British Birds Rarities Committee. The year 2011 was an exceptional one for rare birds, perhaps surpassed only by 2008 for the range of taxa recorded. A number of potential ‘firsts’ from 2011 are still under consideration, including White-winged Scoter Melanitta deglandi, Slaty-backed Gull Larus schistisag

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