British Birds October 2018

Published on 29 September 2018 in Latest issues

Report on rare birds in Great Britain in 2017

This is the 60th annual report of the British Birds Rarities Committee, and the first to follow the IOC World Bird List (Gill & Donsker 2017) since its adoption by BOU as the basis for the British List. There are therefore a number of taxonomic changes this year. 

There are once again more ‘firsts for Britain’ to report: Elegant Tern, Red-winged Blackbird and Masked Wagtail Motacilla alba personata, a distinctive form of White Wagtail. BOURC’s acceptance of Dalmatian Pelican and Eastern Orphean Warbler onto Category A – in mid September – came too late for this report, but those two will feature in the 61st report. 

Species with five or fewer records in this report include:

1st ‘Masked Wagtail’ and Red-winged Blackbird

1st–4th Elegant Tern 

2nd Amur Falcon Falco amurensis

3rd Allen’s Gallinule Porphyrio alleni and Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens

3rd–5th ‘Baltic Gull’ L. f. fuscus

4th White-winged Scoter Melanitta deglandi, Green Warbler Phylloscopus nitidus and Siberian Blue Robin Larvivora cyane

5th Eastern Yellow Wagtail Motacilla tschutschensis

Book reviews, News & comment and My patch complete the October issue.

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