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BIRD NOTES With Julian Hughes REMAINING focussed on rarities amid further storms and more American species turning up, it's hard to avoid the draw of small islands.

Our own Ynys Enlli holds a bird observatory and has turned up an endless list of rare birds along with a vast historic data set on all birds and their migration.

On the Isles of Scilly a Yellow-billed Cuckoo turned up but later succumbed after its transatlantic journey.

A Black and White Warbler, also from America, was found dead on a ship docking at Liverpool highlighting the desperation that birds are forced to through bad weather over vast oceans.

The ship, an island of temporary refuge, unfortunately lacks a food source for an insectivorous woodland bird from North America so many don't make landfall again.

Looking further afield, Siberian gems in the form of an Eye-browed Thrush turned up on Vlieland, Netherlands and a White's Thrush turned up on Ouessant off the French coast.

Small islands are popular with people searching for rare birds, the finite amount of habitat adding to the chances of that 'big find.'.

Those moments of discovery are euphoric and it is that adrenaline shot that keep birders ticking.

In Wales the Rufoustailed Rock Thrush remained in Pwll-Du quarries near Abergavenny and an Olive-backed Pipit was at St. Brides in Pembrokeshire and was the first ever on mainland Wales.

Thrushes flooded in from the continent too Redwings audible on their night-time migration whilst Ring Ouzels turned up at several locations.

These also originate from Scandinavia or even further east.

| Olive-backed Pipit taken by Robert Dowley

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