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. Unless otherwise stated, all records refer to 1997.
ACCEPTED: Madeira / Soft-plumaged / Cape Verde Petrel Pterodroma madeira / mollis / feae 3.2 km southwest of Bishop Rock (Scilly), 18th August 1996. Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus Holme (Norfolk), 13th-14th June (probably since 12th). Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus Holkham (Norfolk), 12th-22nd January. American Wigeon Anas americana Graigluscar Nature Reserve (Fife), 9th March. Red-footed Falcon Falco vespeninus Near Merton (Oxfordshire), 23rd-30th June; Kelham Bridge, near Ravenstone (Leicestershire), 9th10th June; East Ruston (Norfolk), llth-17th May; presumed same, Hickling (Norfolk), 17th-18th May. Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola Berney Marshes (Norfolk), 15th-17th May; same, Burnham Norton (Norfolk), 26th May. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus Titchwell (Norfolk), 10th June. Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica Livermere (Suffolk), 8th-9th May. Cliff Swallow H. pyrrhonota Church Norton (West Sussex), 1st October 1996. Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus Blakeney Point (Norfolk), 3rd-4th May. M. J. Rogers, Secretary, BBRC, 2 Churchtozan Cottages, Towednack, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1AZ