Rare birds in Great Britain in 2009
The 52nd report of the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC) occupies the entire issue of BB this month. As always, the report includes some stunning rarities, and includes the first records for Britain of Amur Falcon, Lesser Sand Plover, Tufted Puffin, Eastern Crowned Warbler and Citril Finch, together with the first and second ‘southern skuas’. Other highlights include:
- 2nd Wilson’s Snipe
- 2nd, 3rd & 4th Brown-headed Cowbirds
- 3rd Baikal Teal, Sandhill Crane, American Black Tern, Taiga Flycatcher and Blackburnian Warbler
- 4th & 5th Pacific Divers
- 5th Royal Tern, Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler and Balearic Woodchat Shrike
- 6th Oriental Pratincole
- 6th & 7th Hudsonian Whimbrels
- 7th Brown Shrike and Zitting Cisticola
- 8th & 9th Veerys
- 9th & 10th Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters
The report is packed with photographs, drawings, figures and analyses of many of the species involved.
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