Compiled by Barry Nightingale and Harry Hussey
This summary of unchecked reports covers the period from early May to early June 2022.
Headlines Without doubt, the star turn of this period was Britain’s first twitchable Eleonora’s Falcon. Other sought-after raptors seen included a Short-toed Eagle in Highland, an Egyptian Vulture briefly in Cornwall and two Pallid Harriers, in Highland and Shetland. An at-sea White-throated Needletail, had it made landfall, would have been popular too, as would a Little Swift over London if it had lingered. Other southern overshoots included a European Roller in Cornwall, a Sardinian Warbler in Kent, Moltoni’s Warblers in Pembrokeshire and Shetland, and a Blue Rock Thrush in Essex. From the southeast came a Collared Flycatcher to Fair Isle, Black-headed Buntings to Argyll and Scilly, a River Warbler to Shetland and a Brown Shrike and ‘Masked Wagtail’ to Yorkshire. Dark-eyed Juncos in Cornwall and Pembrokeshire ensured that all points of the compass were represented.
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis Long-stayer Norfolk to 16th May; Old Hall Marshes (2) (Essex), same Carlton Marshes/Minsmere (Suffolk), all 15th May. Snow Goose Anser caerulescens Two, South Slob (Co. Wexford), 14th May. American Wigeon Mareca americana Records from Forth, Highland, Norfolk, Suffolk and Co. Derry. Black Duck Anas rubripes Long-stayer at Cross Lough (Co. Mayo) to 6th June. Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca Belvide Reservoir (Staffordshire), 22nd May to 6th June; Blashford Lakes (Hampshire), 23rd May. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris Achill Island (Co. Mayo), 30th May to 3rd June; Oxford Island (Co. Armagh), 4th June. Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis Marshside (Lancashire & N Merseyside), 29th May to 6th June. King Eider Somateria spectabilis Records from four Scottish recording areas.
White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus At sea between Orkney and Fair Isle, 4th June. Alpine Swift Tachymarptis melba Records from five English recording areas. Pallid Swift Apus pallidus Boulmer (Northumberland), 18th May. Little Swift Apus affinis Catford, 26th May, then Eltham (both Greater London), 27th May.
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps Long-stayer Loch Feorlin (Argyll), to 23rd May.
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus Records from Avon (3), Cambridgeshire (2), Clyde, Dorset (2), Essex (3), Gwent, Kent (2), Norfolk (6), Nottinghamshire (2), Suffolk (3), Sussex (2) and Yorkshire (2). White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus Hickling Broad (Norfolk), 23rd–24th May, then Rimac, 26th–27th, and Saltfleetby (both Lincolnshire), 28th, Bickershaw (Greater Manchester), 29th–30th, Woolston Eyes (Cheshire & Wirral), 31st May, Sandwell Valley (West Midlands), 1st June. American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominicaFleetwood (Lancashire & N Merseyside), 13th May; Tacumshin (Co. Wexford) 29th May to 6th June. Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus Records from Glamorgan, Kent, Lincolnshire, Lothian and Pembrokeshire.Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus Gibraltar Point (Lincolnshire), 15th May; North Uist (Outer Hebrides), 19th–21st May. Baird’s Sandpiper Calidris bairdii Balnakeil (Highland), 15th May. White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis Rutland Water (Leicestershire & Rutland), 22nd May; Tacumshin (Co. Wexford) 1st–6th June. Buff-breasted Sandpiper Calidris subruficollis Clogheen Marsh (Co. Cork), 28th May. Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos Records from seven English, two Scottish and single Welsh and Irish recording areas. Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius Singles at three English locations (all in the northwest region) and one in Co. Kildare, Ireland. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes Singles recorded from two sites in Scotland, two in Ireland and from one site in both England and Wales. Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola Predannack (Cornwall), 19th May; Horsey Island (Devon), 6th June.
Bonaparte’s Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia Washington (Co. Durham), 10th May; Cork Lough (Co. Cork), 15th May; Exmouth (Devon), 17th–19th May; Gibraltar Point, 20th May; Ouse Washes (Cambridgeshire), 26th May. ‘Azorean Yellow-legged Gull’ Larus michahellis atlantis Two at Mullet Peninsula (Co. Mayo), to 14th May, one to 3rd June at least. Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica Gosford Bay (Lothian), 17th–19th May; Harper’s Island (Co. Cork), 17th–19th May; Radipole Lake (Dorset), 29th May; Tacumshin (Co. Wexford), 30th–31st May; Abbotsbury (Dorset), 1st June. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspiaRecords from Kent during 18th–27th May and Norfolk during 19th–22nd May. Least Tern Sternula antillarumReturning bird, Portrane (Co. Dublin), 3rd–7th June at least. White-winged Black Tern Chlidonias leucopterus Rye Harbour (Sussex), 11th May; Lewis (Outer Hebrides), two, 18th May; Burton Mere (Cheshire & Wirral), 6th June. ‘American Black Tern’ Chlidonias niger surinamensis Long Nanny (Northumberland), 13th May onwards. Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinus Peaks of 86 Dungeness (Kent), 9th May; 90 North Uist, 13th May. Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus Peak of 320, North Uist, 13th May.
White-billed Diver Gavia adamsii Records from six Scottish recording areas.
Wilson’s Storm-petrel Oceanites oceanicus Scilly pelagic, 6th June. Black-browed AlbatrossThalassarche melanophris Long-stayer Bempton Cliffs (Yorkshire), to 6th June.
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus Records from 19 English, seven Irish and three Scottish recording areas.Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus Healing (Lincolnshire), 26th May; Ham Wall (Somerset), 28th May; St Mary’s (Scilly), 4th–6th June. Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax Pendeen (Cornwall), 10th May; Hunmanby (Yorkshire), 20th May; St Mary’s, 4th–5th June. Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides Lodmoor (Dorset), 17th May; Smithy Fen (Cambridgeshire), 17th May; White’s Marsh (Co. Cork), 27th May to 7th June. Purple Heron Ardea purpurea Records from nine English and single Irish and Welsh recording areas.
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus Devoran (Cornwall), 22nd May. Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus Lairg, 24th May, then Loch Grudie (both Highland), 27th to 5th June. Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus Balnakeil, 17th May; Foula (Shetland), 18th May. Black Kite Milvus migrans Records from ten English, four Scottish and two Irish recording areas.
Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus Long-stayer St Kilda, again 22nd–23rd May; North Uist (both Outer Hebrides), to 15th May.
European Roller Coracias garrulus Praze-an-Peeble (Cornwall), 23rd–30th May. European Bee-eater Merops apiaster Peak counts of 22 in Suffolk on 15th May, 12 in Leicestershire & Rutland on 17th May, and eight in Kent on 22nd May, with smaller numbers from another 11 English, three Scottish and one Welsh recording areas.
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus Records from Berkshire, Cornwall, Devon, Hampshire (2), Kent (2), Lincolnshire, Norfolk, North-east Scotland, Somerset and Suffolk. Eleonora’s Falcon Falco eleonoraeSandwich Bay then Stodmarsh, 26th May, then Worth Marsh (all Kent), 27th May to 4th June.
Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus Spurn (Yorkshire), 14th May. Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor Norwich (Norfolk), 27th–28th May. Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator Records from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Pembrokeshire, Shetland, Somerset and Yorkshire.
Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus Records from 16 English, six Scottish, four Irish and one Welsh recording areas.
Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla Records from Norfolk and Scilly.
Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica Records from 11 English and three Scottish recording areas.
Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus Long-stayer Stiffkey (Norfolk), to 14th May. Iberian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus ibericus Long-stayer Regent’s Park (Greater London), to 6th June; also, Telford (Staffordshire), 9th May. Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides Calf of Man (Isle of Man), 4th June. Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus Idle Valley (Nottinghamshire), 15th May; Snettisham (Norfolk), 16th–18th, two 19th–22nd, at least one to 6th June; Hook-with-Warsash (Hampshire), 24th May; Grafham Water (Cambridgeshire), 31st May; Langford Lowfields (Nottinghamshire), 4th–6th June. Blyth’s Reed WarblerAcrocephalus dumetorum Fair Isle, 18th–24th May. River Warbler Locustella fluviatilis Out Skerries (Shetland), 17th May. Savi’s Warbler Locustella luscinioides Wolla Bank (Lincolnshire), 12th May. Sardinian Warbler Curruca melanocephala South Foreland (Kent), 28th–30th May. Western Subalpine Warbler Curruca iberiae Calf of Man, 14th–19th May; Out Skerries, 20th May. Moltoni’s Warbler Curruca subalpina Skokholm (Pembrokeshire), 17th–29th May; Unst (Shetland), 5th June. Eastern Subalpine Warbler Curruca cantillans Barra (Outer Hebrides), 2nd June; Foula, 27th May to 6th June. ‘Subalpine Warbler’ Curruca iberiae/subalpina/cantillans North Ronaldsay (Orkney), 22nd May; Out Skerries, 23rd–27th May; Blakeney Point (Norfolk), 5th June.
Rose-coloured Starling Pastor roseus Records from six English, three Scottish and three Welsh recording areas.
Thrush Nightingale Luscinia luscinia Fair Isle, 20th May; Bardsey (Caernarfonshire), 2nd June; Lundy (Devon), 3rd June. Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis Fair Isle, 20th May. Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius The Naze (Essex), 12th May.
‘Ashy-headed Wagtail’ Motacilla flava cinereocapilla Pagham Harbour (Sussex), 11th May. ‘Spanish Wagtail’ Motacilla flava iberiae Kilnsea (Yorkshire), 16th May. ‘Black-headed Wagtail’ Motacilla flava feldegg Cors Caron (Ceredigion), 28th May. Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola Thornham (Norfolk), 16th May; Spurn, 16th May. ‘Masked Wagtail’ Motacilla alba personata Easington/Kilnsea (Yorkshire), 18th–19th May. Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris West Runton (Norfolk), 11th May; St Mary’s, 19th May; St Martin’s (both Scilly), 21st–22nd May.
Arctic Redpoll Acanthis hornemanni North Ronaldsay, 31st May. European Serin Serinus serinusRecords from seven English, three Scottish, two Irish and two Welsh recording areas. Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica Horse Shoe Point (Lincolnshire), 15th May; Noss, 17th May; Out Skerries (all Shetland), 17th May; Isle of May (Fife), 17th May; Fair Isle, 19th May; Barra, 26th May; Unst, 30th May to 3rd June; Nanjizal (Cornwall), 3rd June. Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala Bryher (Scilly), 23rd–27th May; Mull (Argyll), 24th May.
Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis St. Ishmael’s (Pembrokeshire), 22nd May; Port Isaac (Cornwall), 25th May. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis Great Saltee (Co. Wexford), 20th May.