March 15 coverBB eye Ethnic cleansing, or a fight for identity and survival? Ian Carter Report on scarce migrant birds in Britain in 2011-12: part 1, non-passerines This report presents data on the non-passerine scarce migrants recorded in Britain during 2011-12. To a large extent, the patterns illustrated here continue some long-term trends, with good numbers of most herons and their allies and Nearctic waders, while other species - Ferruginous Duck, Night Heron, Kentish Plover, White-winged Black Tern and Red-footed Falcon were genuinely rare. The year 2011 was a record year for no fewer than six species - Great White Egret, Purple Heron, Black Kite, American Golden Plover, Buff-breasted and Pectoral Sandpipers. How the Redheads got the chop: the BBRC review of British records of Redhead A review of all the British records of Redhead was undertaken by BBRC following growing concerns about several records since 2000. Following the completion of the review, only one record remains acceptable: that of a male at Bleasby, Nottinghamshire, in March 1996, then at Rutland Water, Leicestershire & Rutland, in February 1997. White-winged Scoter in North-east Scotland: new to Britain A White-winged Scoter of the nominate (North American) race was found amongst the large summering scoter flock at Blackdog, North-east Scotland, on 11th June 2011. The discovery and identification of the bird are described, and records of vagrant White-winged Scoter in Europe are summarised. Obituaries Derek Moore (1943-2014) Letters Important Bird Areas in Cyprus; A reference checked; Rachel Carson; Spinning phalaropes Book reviews, recent reports and news & comment complete the March issue. To read the issue in full, you can subscribe to the journal on our website  

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