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. All records refer to 1997 unless stated otherwise.

ACCEPTED: Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes Frampton-on-Severn (Gloucestershire), 26th April to 1st May 1998. Ivory Gull Pagophila eburnea Aberthaw (Glamorgan), 2nd January 1998. Pallid Swift Apus pallidus St Agnes (Scilly), 17th May 1998. Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides Near Johnshaven, Aberdeen (Northeast Scotland), 31st August to 2nd September. Hume's Warbler P. humei Strumble Head (Pembrokeshire), 20th November 1993; Littlestone (Kent), 25th November. Radde's Warbler P. schwarzi St Mary's (Scilly), 14th October; presumed same, 19th October. Dusky Warbler P. fuscatus Point of Ayr (Flintshire), 11th to at least 12th November. Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus Kenfig (Glamorgan), since 11th November 1996 to at least 9th March, possibly to 16th; Dungeness (Kent), male and one other, 26th-27th October; Tresco (Scilly), 28th October; another male, Dungeness, 6th November to at least 19th February 1998, possibly to 14th March 1998; Lytchett Bay, Poole Harbour (Dorset), 20th January to 13th February 1998. Two-barred Crossbill Loxia leucoptera Near Parkend (Gloucestershire), from 15th February to 27th March 1998. Blackpoll Warbler Dendroica striata Tresco, 12th October to 1st November. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas St Mary's, 9th October to 2nd November. M. J. Rogers, Secretary, BBRC, 2 Churchtown Cottages, Towednack, St Ives, Cornwall.

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