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The following records were published in recent Bulletins of the African Bird Club and are for information only.

from ABC Bulletin 23.1

Reports received by Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) from the period June–November 2015 include the following. A Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus on Denis on 29 November was the third record for the archipelago, whilst a juvenile Wattled Starling Creatophora cinerea on Aldabra on 24 May was the fifth (four of which were on Aldabra), with a Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus at Île Persévérance on 1–8 November also being the fifth.

A Flesh-footed Shearwater Ardenna carneipes was observed between Mahé and Praslin on 14 and 23 October (seven previous records). Single Northern Shovelers Spatula clypeata were on Desroches on 20 October, Aride on 30 October and Mahé on 2 November (ten records). On Mahé, single Squacco Herons Ardeola ralloides were at Providence on 2 November and Police Bay on 7 November (ten records). A Little Egret Egretta garzetta was on Denis on 25–27 October and a Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus on Aride on 1 October. Oriental Pratincoles Glareola maldivarum were reported from Denis on 19 October, Desroches on 22 October and Île Persévérance on 22–27 November, whilst a Collared Pratincole G. pratincola was on Praslin on 21–22 October. A first-winter Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus was found on Cosmoledo on 18 November (eight records), a Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago on Île Persévérance on 30–31 October, with two, possibly including the first bird, on 7 November, and three Marsh Sandpipers Tringa stagnatilis on Alphonse on 28 October (11 records).

A Pacific Swift Apus pacificus was noted on Desroches on 13–15 November (14 records). Common Sand Martins Riparia riparia were observed on Alphonse on 28–29 May and again on 14 June (one) and on Denis on 24–27 October (two), whilst a Common House Martin Delichon urbicum was on Cosmoledo on 14 November. Other passerine records include single Yellow Wagtails Motacilla flava on Alphonse on 12–16 October and on Aldabra on 5 November; three White Wagtails M. alba on Île Persévérance on 13–28 November; a male Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus of the race samamiscus on Denis on 24 October; and a first-winter Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus on Denis on 12 November.

from ABC Bulletin 22.2

Reports received by Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) from the period mid-December 2014 - May 2105 include the following. Two species recorded in Seychelles for the first time were quite remarkable: a Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris on Denis Island on 5–10 March was possibly the first natural vagrant south of the equator and an adult male Rufous Vanga Schetba rufa on Aldabra on 19 January was the first vagrant record of this Madagascar endemic anywhere. A Seychelles Kestrel Falco araea on La Digue on 10 April was the first report from the island in 40 years. A Common Kestrel F. tinnunculus on Alphonse on 17 - 18 February was the second record for Seychelles, a Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus on Aldabra on 5 April the third, two adult Little Terns Sternula albifrons on Mahé on 6 March (with one still present on 7 March) also the third record, and a Whinchat Saxicola rubetra on Denis on 28 November the fifth.

A new conservation centre opened on Farquhar in late 2014 resulting in the sighting of several species new to the atoll, including two immature Madagascar Pond Herons Ardeola idae on 2 - 6 February (six previous records east of Aldabra, where it breeds), a juvenile Sooty Falcon Falco concolor on 12 December (seven previous Seychelles records), a Pacific Swift Apus pacificus on 17 March (14 records), three Broad-billed Rollers Eurystomus glaucurus on 7 December (22 previous records east of Aldabra, where it is an annual visitor) and a Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata on 6 March. A Mascarene Martin Phedina borbonica on 4 February (15 records) and a White Wagtail Motacilla alba on 3 December were second Farquhar records.

A Broad-billed Roller was observed on St. François on 18 February and a White Wagtail on Alphonse on 19 December. Northern Wheatears Oenanthe oenanthe were seen on Albabra on 6 January, Alphonse on 31 January - 18 February and Desroches on 10 - 13 February. Also noteworthy were a Long-tailed Cormorant Microcarbo africanus on Assumption on 3 April (six records), a Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus on Mahé on 10 May (six records), a Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni on Alphonse on 15 - 16 March (eight records), a Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio on Aldabra on 29 December (nine records) and a Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius on Alphonse on 1 February - 17 March (ten records). Other records of interest included a Little Egret Egretta garzetta on St. François on 18 February, a Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo on Astove on 19 February, two Eleonora’s Falcons F. eleonorae on Aldabra on 7 December and one (presumably one of the same birds) on 8 - 9 December, a Common House Martin Delichon urbicum on Alphonse on 15 - 17 April, and a Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava on Aldabra on 14 March. 

from ABC Bulletin 22.1

Reports received by Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) from the period June–December 2014 include the following. Two pelagic trips to the Seychelles Bank east of the granitic islands produced two Bulwer’s Petrels Bulweria bulwerii on 23 June (one previous record), one Black-bellied Storm-petrel Fregetta tropica on 28 July (one record), one White-faced Storm-petrel Pelagodroma marina on 26 July, with another the next day (three records), at least 100 Flesh-footed Shearwaters Puffinus carneipes on 4–26 July (five records) and one Jouanin’s Petrel Bulweria fallax on 3 July (12 records). Two days of chumming for tubenoses off Denis Island on 26–27 November produced 14 Matsudaira’s Storm-petrels Hydrobates matsudairae (one previous record) and 25 Wilson’s Storm-petrels Oceanites oceanicus (six records) at four separate sites, a Black-bellied Storm-petrel and a Flesh-footed Shearwater.

An African Palm Swift Cypsiurus parvus on Aldabra on 2 June was the third record for Seychelles, a Corn Crake Crex crex on North Island on 23 October the fourth, and a male and female Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca on Desroches on 13 November the fifth. A Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis on Desroches on 31 October–1 November was the first west of the granitic islands, where it is resident.

Other records of interest include a European Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur on Aride on 2–4 November (nine previous records), a Pacific Swift Apus pacificus on Denis on 15 June (12 records) and at least two Mascarene Martins Phedina borbonica on Farquhar on 5–14 October (12 records),

Also noteworthy were at least two Eleonora’s Falcons Falco eleonorae on Aldabra on 29 October–6 November and another two on 7–9 December; a third-year Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus heuglini on Desroches on 1–16 December and an adult on Alphonse on 16 December; a Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus on Silhouette on 13–18 November, with another on Aldabra on 19 November; two Common Swifts Apus apus on Aldabra on 6–17 October; single European Rollers Coracias garrulus on Praslin on 15 October–16 November, Denis on 17–24 November and Alphonse on 2 December; a Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus on Alphonse on 6 October; a Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus on Cousin on 16–17 November; a Common Sand Martin Riparia riparia on Desroches on 4–6 June, with four on the same island on 24 November; up to five Common House Martins Delichon urbicum on Aldabra on 23–26 October; a Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus on Denis on 19–26 May, with another on Alphonse on 26 November; a Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata on Aldabra 13 November; and two Eurasian Golden Orioles Oriolus oriolus on Denis on 26 May and up to four on Aldabra on 2 December. 

from ABC Bulletin 21.2

Reports received by Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) from the period January - May 2014, with a few additional ones from November - December 2013, include the following. Two species were recorded in Seychelles for the second time: Alpine Swift Tachymarptis melba (one on Mahé on 29 December) and Garden Warbler Sylvia borin (one on Assumption, Aldabra group, on 7 December). A Madagascar Kestrel Falco newtoni on Assumption on 5 February was the first from anywhere other than Aldabra, where it is resident.

Other records of interest include a Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus on Cosmoledo on 8 - 9 February (ten previous records), a Madagascar Pond Heron Ardeola idae on Desroches on 6 - 26 February (six records east of Aldabra where it breeds), a Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni on Desroches on 22 - 28 March (seven records), a Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni on Desroches on 8 - 11 April 2014 (13 records), a Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos on Cousine Island on 2 - 30 November (nine records;), a Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus on St. Anne on 28 April - 27 May (seven records), an Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina on Desroches on 20 January (eight records), a Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix on Aldabra on 10 December (six records), a Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla on Assumption on 21 November (five records) and a Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio on Assumption on 28 March, with another on Aldabra on 11 April (eight records). 

Also noteworthy were a Eurasian Hobby Falco Subbuteo on Assumption on 4 - 7 December, an Eleonora’s Falcon F. eleonorae on Alphonse on 25 - 28 December, a Ruff Calidris (=Philomachus) pugnax on Alphonse on 4 December, single Common Cuckoos Cuculus canorus on Alphonse on 12 December, Cousin on 16 December, Assumption on 3 January and Desroches on 14 February, a Lesser Cuckoo C. poliocephalus found dead on Mahé on 20 January, single European Rollers Coracias garrulus on Alphonse on 11 December, 24 January and 12 February (probably different individuals) and on Aldabra on 30 March, a Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava on Alphonse on 22 March, a Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe on Alphonse on 16 February, a Common Sand Martin Riparia riparia on Alphonse on 10 February, a Common House Martin Delichon urbicum on Desroches on 2 May, a Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata on Aldabra on 30 March, and a Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus on Assumption on 22 - 23 October, with another on Aldabra on 17 - 23 January.

from ABC Bulletin 21.1

Reports received by Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) from the period June - December 2013 include late submissions of several remarkable sightings at sea on 9 February 2011: the first country record of Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinus (two adults and one unaged bird halfway between Coëtivy and Agalega), at least 30 Jouanin’s Petrels Bulweria fallax in the same area (11 previous records involving 17 birds in total) and the first sight record of Herald Petrel Pterodroma arminjoniana, south of Coëtivy (30 geolocator records from Seychelles waters have also been accepted recently by SBRC). A Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris (=Limicola) falcinellus on Mahé on 10 - 12 February 2011 has been accepted as a sixth Seychelles record (chronologically the fifth).

A Spotted Crake Porzana porzana on Étoile on 26 November was the second country record, whilst a Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta on Cousine Island on 2 - 30 November was the third. An Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus on Bird on 8 July and a Flesh-footed Shearwater Puffinus carneipes off Mahé on 21 October were both fifth records for Seychelles. 

There were two unusual reports of resident species. A Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus on African Banks on 28 November was the first report from the coralline islands west of the granitic islands, where it is resident. A Madagascar Coucal Centropus toulou on Assumption from 29 January until 12 November at least was the first record from the island for more than a century - it was wiped out following the commencement of guano mining in the early 20th century, but is still resident on Aldabra. On 14 November, the first ornithological visit to Grand Île, Cosmoledo, since the eradication of rats from the island in 2008 located seven active nests of Masked Booby Sula dactylatra, the first breeding attempt there since 1968. Brown Booby S. leucogaster was found breeding on Boudeuse on 25 November, the first reported breeding record from the island since 1958 and the first reported recolonisation of any island in Seychelles by this species.

There were several sightings of land birds on Aldabra in August, which is very unusual for the time of year. These included the second record of Madagascar Bee-eater Merops superciliosus (four on 9 August, with at least one remaining until 15 September), a fourth record of Common Hoopoe Upupa epops on 1 - 2 August and a Mascarene Martin Phedina borbonica on 21 - 28 August (11 previous records).

A remarkable 15 - 20 Eleonora’s Falcons Falco eleonorae on Aldabra on 12 April was a record number (all but one of 36 previous accepted records have been of lone birds). Singles were also on Aldabra on 4 November and Denis on 11 December. There were four reports of Little Egret Egretta garzetta: on Curieuse between 23 January and 23 May, Mahé on 7 June and 9 December, and St François on 12 December. Common House Martin Delichon urbicum was reported twice: on Bird on 22 April and on Assumption on 11 October. Also of interest were a Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus on Alphonse on 10 October (nine previous records), a Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides on Alphonse on 18 - 20 November (six records), a Yellow-billed Kite Milvus migrans parasitus on Assumption on 4 - 6 August (seven records), two Collared Pratincoles Glareola pratincola on Aldabra on 21 October, a Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos on Alphonse on 4 December (eight records), a Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida on Île Persévérance on 4 May (seven records), a Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus on Assumption on 24 June - 4 July, a European Roller Coracias garrulus on 11 December on Alphonse, a Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus on Alphonse on 13 December, a Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla on Aldabra on 4 November (six records), a Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus on Remire on 27 November, a Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava on Aldabra on 25 October, and a Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus on Aride on 12 December.

During the period, SBRC reviewed the only country record of Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferrugina based on newly received and conflicting evidence. This record has now been rejected and the species removed from the Seychelles list.

from ABC Bulletin 20.2

Reports received by Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) from the period November 2012 - May 2013 included two firsts for the country: Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta, on Bird on 23 November and, probably the same individual, on Grand Soeur on 29 December, and Madagascar Kingfisher Alcedo vintsioides on Picard, Aldabra, on 20 March. A Red-billed Duck Anas erythrorhyncha on Aldabra on 30 November was a second record for Seychelles, but was possibly the same individual as the first record in January 2012, being in the same remote location. The third and fourth Whinchats Saxicola rubetra were recorded on Bird on 17 - 19 November and on Desroches on 17 November. An Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina on Bird on 16 November, a European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus also there on 19 November, and a Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris (Limicola) falcinellus on Mahe on 20 December were fifth reports for Seychelles.

Also of interest were three Little Egrets Egretta garzetta on Bird on 22 November and one on lie Perseverance on 1 - 12 May, a Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo on Bird on 24 November, single Eleonora's Falcons F. eleonorae on Assumption on 14 - 21 November and on Aldabra on 27 December and 12 April, two Common Snipes Gallinago gallinago on Bird on 18 - 24 November, a Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica on lle Persévérance on 30 November, a European Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur on Alphonse on 22 January (eight previous records), single Common Swifts Apus apus on Bird on 17 November and Aldabra on 27 December and 30 January, a Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus on Alphonse on 12 - 13 March (18 records east of the Aldabra group, where it is an annual visitor), a Mascarene Martin Phedina borbonica on Aldabra on 8 April (ten records), a Common Sand Martin Riparia riparia on Desroches on 11 March, a White Wagtail Motacilla alba on Farquhar on 16 - 22 November, single Red-throated Pipits Anthus cervinus on Alphonse on 2 - 11 December and Aldabra on 3 - 4 January, a Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus on Bird on 15 - 21 November, single Northern Wheatears Oenanthe oenanthe on Alphonse on 27 December, Bijoutier on 21 January, Aldabra on 4 February, Desroches on 8 February and again on Aldabra on 13 - 17 February, a Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata on Bird on 18 November, a Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio on Bird on 24 November (seven records), a Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus on Assumption on 27 November and up to four on Aldabra on 19 December - 8 January, and an Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana on Alphonse on 11 February (five records).

Old reports that have only come to the attention of SBRC recently include a Wilson's Storm-petrel Oceanites oceanicus on board a vessel 193 miles north-northwest of Bird on 23 October 1962, which flew off south; this has been accepted as chronologically the first Seychelles record (seven subsequent records have been accepted). A female Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti on Denis on 23 - 24 November 2009 was the third for the archipelago; the first two (first-year males on Bird and Cousine, possibly the same individual) were also reported in November 2009. A Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla on Denis on 24 September 2009 was the fifth record for Seychelles.

from ABC Bulletin 20.1

Reports received by Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) from the period June - November 2012 include the first Red Knot Calidris canutus, on Alphonse on 29 October; two published records of this species from 1972–73 were accepted by SBRC as ‘knot sp.’

A Namaqua Dove Oena capensis on Aride on 8 - 10 October was the third report for Seychelles, the first two being from 2011. An Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina on Bijoutier on 2 November was the fourth for the archipelago and the first for the outer islands. A Little Egret Egretta garzetta on Alphonse on 26 November was also the first record for the outer islands (with 27 records from the granitic islands and Bird). A Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla on 30 October and a first-winter male Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka on 14 November, both on Bird, were fourth reports, whilst a female Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla on Bird on 13 - 16 November was the fifth.

Temporary rainwater pools on the reclaimed Île Persévérance attracted migrants including the third Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus (ruber) roseus east of Aldabra (where it breeds) on 5 October (still present in early December) and the fifth Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus on 15 November. Also there were a Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis on 18 November (ten accepted records), a Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago on 17 November, a Common Sand Martin Riparia riparia on 7 - 8 October, and a Ruff Philomachus pugnax.

Other notable sightings included single Oriental Pratincoles Glareola maldivarum on Bird on 29 October, Bijoutier to Alphonse on 2 - 6 November and Desroches on 3 - 9 November; a Ruff on Bird on 13 - 24 November; single Common Sand Martins on Bird on 28 October and 12 - 14 November and Desroches on 29 October; a White Wagtail Motacilla alba on St. Anne on 10 November, with another on Bird on 2  -15 November; single Red-throated Pipits Anthus cervinus on Alphonse on 12 November, Bird on 14 - 24 November and Desroches on 17 - 25 November; a Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe on Alphonse on 12 October, with another on Desroches on 1 November; and single Spotted Flycatchers Muscicapa striata on Bird on 29 October, Mahé on 30 October and Alphonse on 14 November.

Also of interest were two Red-billed Tropicbirds Phaethon aethereus on Frégate on 16 October (seven records); a Eurasian (Great) Bittern Botaurus stellaris on Frégate on 13 October (six records); a Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides on Bird on 12 - 19 November (five records); a Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus on Desroches on 1 November; a Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus on Bird on 13–16 November; a European Roller Coracias garrulus on Bird on 12 - 23 November; a Mascarene Martin Phedina borbonica on St. François on 14 November (eight records); a Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava on Bird on 14 - 24 November; and up to six Eurasian Golden Orioles Oriolus oriolus on Bird on 26 October - 24 November.

from ABC Bulletin 19.2

Reports received by Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) from the period December 2011 - May 2012 include the first Red-billed Duck Anas erythrorhyncha, on Aldabra on 10 January, with the first Namaqua Dove Oena capensis also there on 11 - 15 December.

Also on Aldabra, 11 Little Terns Sternula albifrons on 21 April and a Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius on 30 December - 1 January were second reports for Seychelles, whilst a White-cheeked Tern Sterna repressa on Aride on 2 - 3 January and a Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor on Aldabra on 6 April were third reports. A Black Kite Milvus migrans on 12 - 15 February on Aldabra was the fourth report for the archipelago. A Reed Cormorant Phalacrocorax africanus on 12 February and again on 12 May were fourth and fifth reports. A Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus on Desroches on 12 March was the first report from west of the granitic islands (where it is resident).

A six-month programme to eradicate introduced birds on Assumption produced a wealth of bird sightings from an island rarely visited by ornithologists. These included a Richard’s Pipit Anthus richardi, which species had been reported previously in Seychelles but not confirmed by SBRC, during 15 January - 21 February, and a Namaqua Dove, believed to be a different individual from that on Aldabra (see above), on 16 - 17 January. An Intermediate Egret Egretta intermedia on 6 January - 29 February was the third for Seychelles, whilst a juvenile Purple Heron Ardea purpurea was the first west of the Amirantes and inner islands, where it is now an annual visitor. A Comoro Blue Pigeon Alectroenas sganzini on 18 - 22 March was the first recorded on Assumption for more than a century. An African Palm Swift Cypsiurus parvus on 2 - 5 March was the second report. A male Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla on 31 March was the fourth report and a Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix on 3 March the fifth.

Other notable sightings from Assumption included a Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides on 16 February (five accepted records); a Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo on 16 December and 2 January; an Eleonora’s Falcon F. eleonorae on 8 December; a Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis on 24 October (five records); at least seven Common Swifts Apus apus during 17 December - 10 February; a European Roller Coracias garrulus on 16 - 21 March; four Common Sand Martins Riparia riparia between 4 January and 2 March; a Mascarene Martin Phedina borbonica on 3 April (seven records); at least 12 Common House Martins Delichon urbicum between 8 February and 10 March (11 records); four Yellow Wagtails Motacilla flava between 12 January and 3 March; at least nine Northern Wheatears Oenanthe oenanthe between 15 January and 5 March; an Isabelline Wheatear O. isabellina on 26 January (eight records); five Spotted Flycatchers Muscicapa striata between 12 December and 5 March; a Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio on 11 December (six records); and a female Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus on 11 December, with another on 15 March. If accepted by SBRC this raises the number of vagrants recorded on Assumption from five to 25.

Also of interest were a Great Egret Egretta alba on Aldabra on 27 January and 6 May; a Yellow-billed Kite Milvus aegyptius (=M. migrans parasitus) on Alphonse on 18 - 23 January (seven accepted records); a male Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni on Frégate on 19 - 22 March (six records); a Eurasian Hobby on Aldabra on 11 December; a Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni on Aldabra on 11 January (11 records); an adult Oriental Pratincole G. maldivarum on Alphonse on 12 April; a Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos on Alphonse on 18 - 20 January (five records); a first-winter Jacobin Cuckoo Clamator jacobinus on Aride on 25 December, with another on Poivre on 18 January (ten records); a Lesser Cuckoo Cuculus poliocephalus on Aldabra on 24 December; a Common Cuckoo C. canorus on Aride on 26 December and 4 January; a Common Swift on Alphonse on 22 - 23 January; two Mascarene Martins on Aldabra on 11 March and up to five on 6 May, with a Common House Martin also there on 6–7 February; a Common Sand Martin on Alphonse on 9 March; a Yellow Wagtail on Frégate on 21 March and one of the race lutea on Aldabra on 29 March - 5 April; single Northern Wheatears on Aldabra (believed to be different individuals) on 21 December, 11 January, 1 March and 4 March, with one on Alphonse on 20 - 27 January; and a Spotted Flycatcher on Aldabra on 31 January.

from ABC Bulletin 19.1

Reports received by Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) from the period June - November 2011 include the first Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis, on Aride Island on 21 November; SBRC has accepted one previous record as a Ficedula sp.

A White-cheeked Tern Sterna repressa on Alphonse on 27 September was the third report for Seychelles, whilst a Wattled Starling Creatophora cinerea on Aldabra on 5 October and a Great Snipe Gallinago media on Alphonse on 12 - 13 October were fourth reports for the archipelago. Fifth reports for Seychelles include a first-winter Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana on Aldabra on 26 October, a European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus on North Island on 19 November and a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata on Alphonse on 20 November. A Greater Crested Tern Sterna bergii of the race velox on Alphonse was the second report (race thalassinus breeds in Seychelles). 

Also of interest were a Great Egret Egretta alba on Aldabra on 14 November (16 accepted records); single Purple Herons Ardea purpurea on Alphonse on 25 May - 27 June, Mahé on 27 June - 18 July and Denis on 4 - 6 October; a Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo on Alphonse on 19 November; an Eleonora’s Falcon F. eleonorae on Aldabra on 24 November; a Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos on Alphonse on 14 October (five accepted records); single Common Swifts Apus apus on Desroches on 29 September, Aldabra on 6 - 7 October and Denis on 8 October (20 accepted records); a Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus on Desroches on 13 October and another on Alphonse on 19 November (16 accepted records east of the Aldabra group, where it is annual); single White Wagtails Motacilla alba on Alphonse on 15 - 20 November and Aldabra on 16 November; two reports of Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata on Aldabra believed to refer to different individuals, one on Picard on 5 November and one on Grande Terre 10 - 11 November; and a female or immature Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus on Aldabra on 18 - 19 October.

from ABC Bulletin 18.2

Reports received by Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) from the period December 2010 - May 2011 include the first Knob-billed Duck Sarkidiornis melanotos, an immature or female, on Grand Terre, Aldabra, from 16 March, which was joined by a second on 11 April. The first Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus for Seychelles, discovered on Bird Island on 17 November, remained until 15 December and was ringed while there. Almost certainly the same individual was present at Victoria, Mahé, from 28 December to 6 April. A Grey-headed Kingfisher Halcyon leucocephala on Desroches on 29 December was the second for the archipelago, whilst a Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka on Picard, Aldabra, on 17 February was the third.

Also of interest were a Little Egret Egretta garzetta on Bird Island on 9 December; a Purple Heron Ardea purpurea on Desroches on 7 February; a Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus at Mont Fleuri, Mahé, on 5 January (ten previous records); a first-winter Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo on La Digue on 30 December; an Eleonora’s Falcon F. eleonorae on Alphonse on 23 - 25 December, with another on 20 January; an Allen’s Gallinule Porphyrio alleni on Aldabra on 11 - 12 January (eight records); a Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago on Frégate from 15 November to 6 February; a Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida on Aldabra on 5 December (five records); an immature Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus on Aride on 1 December, with two on Cousine on 17 December and one also there on 10–14 January; an immature Lesser Cuckoo C. poliocephalus on North Island on 15 January (16 records); a Eurasian Scops Owl Otus scops on Frégate on 10 January - 11 March (seven records); 2–3 Common House Martins Delichon urbicum on Bird Island on 19 December (ten records); single Yellow Wagtails Motacilla flava on Bird Island on 20 December, Alphonse on 10 - 14 January, Frégate on 7 February and Aldabra on 6 April; single Red-throated Pipits Anthus cervinus on Bird Island on 1 - 2 December, Aldabra on 12 December and Alphonse on 10 - 14 January; and a male Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina on Bird Island on 2 - 3 December (eight records).

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Reports received by Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) from the period March - November 2010 include two firsts for Seychelles: a Black-bellied Storm-petrel Fregetta tropica on Alphonse on 30 June and a Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus on Bird Island on 17 - 26 November.

Third reports for Seychelles include a Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla on Aride on 14 November and an Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana on Bird Island on 22 November. A Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides on Bird Island on 17 - 20 November, a Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis on Cousine on 16 May, and at least two Willow Warblers Phylloscopus trochilus on Bird Island on 21 - 26 November were all fifth reports for Seychelles.

There were several reports of Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus, including 7 - 8 at La Passe harbour, La Digue, on 23 March; three at Port Launay, Mahé, on 25 - 26 March; one at Plaisance, Mahé, on 17 June; one on Eden Island on 3 April, increasing to four by 20 April, with one remaining from 25 August until the end of November at least. Some or all of the Mahé and Eden Island reports may involve the same individuals. Glossy Ibis is known in the islands from just six previous records, two of which were in late 2009.

Also of interest were a Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus on Cousin on 10 October (six previous records); a Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris on Alphonse on 31 October - 1 November (five previous records); an Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii on Cousine on 14 September (six previous records); a Purple Heron Ardea purpurea on Desroches on 9 - 11 October, one at Police Bay, Mahé, on 20 October, and another on Alphonse on 1 November; a Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago on Bird Island on 24 November; a Lesser Cuckoo Cuculus poliocephalus on Alphonse on 11 November and another on Bird Island on 16 - 20 November (14 previous records); a Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus on Bird Island on 21 November (14 previous records east of the Aldabra group where it is annual); a Common Sand Martin Riparia riparia on Alphonse on 9 November; a Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava on Bird Island on 27 November; at least four Red-throated Pipits Anthus cervinus on Bird Island on 16 - 24 November; a Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus on Aride on 14 November and at least two on Bird Island on 16 - 23 November (11 previous records); a European Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus on Cousine on 15 - 30 October and one on Alphonse on 14 November.

The following records are mainly from the period October 2009–May 2010, with a few from earlier dates. Never have so many reports of rarities been received since the Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) was formed in 1992. Accepted firsts are Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria fallax (one at Cousin Island on 15 June 2009), Alpine Swift Tachymarptis melba (one on Bird Island on 20–21 November), Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti (a first winter male on Bird Island on 16–19 November) and Common Stonechat Saxicola torquatus (one on Denis on 27 December). This takes the total number of species on the Seychelles list to 254. First reports of Herald Petrel Pterodroma heraldica on Cousin on 10–11 June 2009 and of European Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca on Bird Island are currently being examined.

Second reports for Seychelles, all from Bird Island, include a first-winter female Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka on 13–20 November and a male Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla on 16 November. A record of a snipe on 12 November was accepted as either Pintail Snipe Gallinago stenura or Swinhoe's Snipe G. megala; this is the second such record, whilst there is only one confirmed record of Pintail Snipe. A first-winter bunting on 21 November was accepted as either Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana or Cretzchmar's Bunting E. caesia; there is only one accepted record of Ortolan and none of Cretzchmar's.

Third reports include a Reed Cormorant Phalacrocorax africanus on Grand Terre, Aldabra, on 16 February, a Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus on Alphonse on 7–9 December, a Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris on Desroches on 3–5 March, and an Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina on Bird Island on 12 November. Single Wood Warblers Phylloscopus sibilatrix on Bird Island on 17 and 27 November were the third and fourth records.

Fourth records were a Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides on Praslin on 12 January, a Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla on Bird Island on 16–23 November, with two present on the final date, and a female / immature Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis on Bird Island on 14 November.

The sixth Wilson's Storm-petrel Oceanites oceanicus for the archipelago was observed off D'Arros on 3 July 2009. A belated report of an Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii on Denis on 10 December 2007 was the fifth for Seychelles; singles were also recorded on Alphonse on 30 October–5 November, and on Desroches. A Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus on Frégate on 8–11 November and another on Bird Island on 10–17 November constituted the fifth and sixth records. A Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni was on Desroches on 8 March (sixth record). Single Common Pratincoles Glareola pratincola were on North Island on 25 September (earliest post-breeding arrival date), Alphonse on 5–14 November and Bird Island on 11 November (nine previous records). Reports of Black-winged PratincoleG. nordmanni included four adults on Alphonse on 4–16 May 2009, one on Frégate on 12 June 2009, one on Bird Island on 11–28 November, two on Frégate on 14 November and one on Desroches on 1 March; there are six previously accepted records. A Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos was on Alphonse on 8–16 May (fifth record). A belated report of a Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus at Victoria, Mahé, on 11 October 2006 was the fifth for Seychelles. Two Little Swifts Apus affinis were seen on Cousine on 20 January (fifth record). A Common House Martin Delichon urbicum on Alphonse on 4–5 October and a Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea on North Island on 18–19 November were the ninth records for both species.

A ring found at the Alphonse airstrip on 12 December 2009 had been applied to a first-year Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae at Las Islas Columbretes, Spain, on 17 September 2008. It is assumed that the bird died on Alphonse and the ring became detached; there have been 28 previous records of this species. Eurasian Hobbies F. subbuteo were reported from D'Arros on 21 November, Bird Island on 15–21 November (two), Frégate on 17 November, Poivre on 7 December and Desroches on 3–4 January; all were immatures (21 previous records). Common Cuckoos Cuculus canorus were observed on Alphonse on 15–22 January 2009, Desroches on 23 October–26 November, Roche Caiman, Mahé, on 18 November, North Island on 16 November–1 December, Bird Island on 16–26 November (with two present on 19–20 November), Cousine on 4 December and 25 December–2 January, Praslin on 12 January and Aride on 14 January (26 previous records). Lesser Cuckoos C. poliocephalus were present on Bird Island on 22 November, at Anse aux Pins, Mahé, on 13 January–27 February, with two there on the final date, and on Cousine on 10–13 January and 21 January–20 February (13 previous records).

For the third time in living memory and for the second consecutive season, there were reports of Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters Merops persicus in significant numbers, including 20–25 on Bird Island on 8–25 November, one at Roche Caiman Bird Sanctuary, Mahé, on 18 November, six on North Island on 18–19 November, two on Cousin on 19 November, six on Conception on 23 November, two on Aride on 16–20 November, one on Alphonse on 28 November, at least one on Denis on 2–12 December, four on D'Arros on 15 December, and one on Silhouette on 15–16 December. Apart from the three years when invasions took place, there have been 17 accepted records.

Further records of interest include a Little Egret Egretta garzetta on Cousine on 5 February–3 March (26th record), a Great Egret E. alba at Beau Vallon marsh, Mahé, on 14 November and another on Bird Island on 9–11 November (14 previous records), an adult Purple Heron Ardea purpurea at Roche Caiman Bird Sanctuary, Mahé, from about 18 October to at least 18 November, with an immature on Alphonse on 22 October, one on Desroches on 24 October–17 November and another immature on Bird Island on 11–21 November (37 previous records), a female or immature Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata on Aride on 5 January (tenth record), an immature Northern Pintail A. acuta on Aride on 20 January (11th record), a Ruff Philomachus pugnax on Desroches on 16 November, with two on Bird Island on 13–28 November (28 previous records), a Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago on Aride on 17 October, two on Alphonse on 20 October–6 November and two on Denis on 30 December (14 previous records), a Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa on Aride on 24 December (seventh record), a Common Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus on Cousine on 20 January (17th record), an adult Gull-billed Tern Sterna nilotica off Bird Island on 18 November (11th record), a Common Swift Apus apus on Desroches on 5 February (19th record), a Pacific Swift A. pacificus on Bird Island on 11–15 November, with another on Denis on 26–27 December (12th–13th records), a European Roller Coracias garrulus on Bird Island on 10–27 November and 18 March, with others on Frégate on 11–13 November, Praslin on 16 November, Desroches on 17–25 November and 7–17 February, Alphonse on 25–28 November (two) and 14 March, and Denis on 2 December (34 previous records), an adult Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus on Alphonse on 10–22 November (14th record east of the Aldabra group), a Common Sand Martin Riparia riparia on Alphonse on 20–26 October, with another on Bird Island on 9–11 November (18 previous records), a White Wagtail Motacilla alba on D'Arros on 7 November, with others on Desroches on 26 November and on Bird Island on 15–20 November (27 previous records), a first-winter Yellow Wagtail M. flava on Aride on 20–25 November (31st record), an adult and up to four first-winter Red-throated Pipits Anthus cervinus on Bird Island on 11–25 November (17th record), a Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus on Bird Island on 11 November (11th record), a Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe on Denis on 3 January and another on Aldabra on 14 January (45 previous records), and a female / immature Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus on Bird Island on 11 November, with another on Cousine on 24 December (14 previous records).

Reports received by Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) from mid-June to mid-November 2009 include the first of Herald Petrel Pterodroma aterrima,one on Cousin on 10–11 June 2009. A Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides at Roche Caiman Bird Sanctuary, Mahé, on 3 April–26 June was the fourth report for Seychelles. Single Indian Pond Herons A. grayii on Alphonse on 30–31 October, on Desroches on 11 November and on Denis Island on 10 December 2007 (details received late) were the fifth to seventh reports for Seychelles. A remarkable number of Common Swifts Apus apus were reported on Desroches, beginning with one on 18 October, rising to ten the following day, declining to five on 20 October, with one remaining until 25 October. Of 16 previous records, 14 involved solitary birds, whilst the remaining two involved two individuals, and no sightings have been made over such a sustained period, the majority being present on one day only. There was also a Common Swift at Alphonse on 19 October.

Also of interest were a Great Egret Egretta alba on Paul Island, St Joseph Atoll, on 10 November and another at Beau Vallon, Mahé, on 15 November (13 previous accepted records), a Purple Heron Ardea purpurea on Alphonse on 22 October and one on Desroches on 24 October (37 previous records), an adult Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola on Alphonse on 5 November (nine previous records), an adult Black-winged Pratincole G. nordmanni on Frégate on 12 June (seven previous records), a Ruff Philomachus pugnax at Roche Caiman, Mahé, on 23 September 2009 (27 previous records), a Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago on Aride on 12 October and two on Alphonse on 20 October–6 November (14 previous records), a Common Sand Martin Riparia riparia on Alphonse on 20–26 October (18 previous records), a Common House Martin Delichon urbicum on Alphonse on 4–5 October (eight previous records), and an adult male White Wagtail Motacilla alba on D’Arros on 7 November (27 previous records).

Reports received by Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) from mid-December 2008 to mid-June 2009 include a Plain Martin Riparia paludicola at Anse Etoile, Mahé, on 9 December 2008, which has been accepted as the first record for Seychelles. Other accepted records include an adult Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus at Seychelles Golf Club, Mahé, on 13 December (fourth record), two female Northern Pintails Anas acuta at Roche Caiman, Mahé, on 20 December (tenth record), an adult male Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca on Denis Island on 17 November (fourth record), an adult nominate race Black Kite Milvus migrans on Alphonse on 24 December and presumably the same individual on 7 January (third record), an adult and an immature Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola at Amitié, Praslin, on 28 November (ninth record), a Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius on Alphonse on 21 November (tenth record), a Grey-tailed Tattler Heteroscelus brevipes at St François Atoll on 17 November (fourth record), an adult Jacobin Cuckoo Oxylophus jacobinus on Cousine Island from 30 November to 4 December (tenth record), a European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus on Aride Island on 20 November (fifth record), and a female or first-winter Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus on Alphonse on 18 - 22 November (tenth record).

Other reports accepted by SBRC during the period include two Little Egrets Egretta garzetta on Praslin on 31 December and one at Providence, Mahé, on 25 January (24 - 25th records), an adult Purple Heron Ardea purpurea at Roche Caiman, Mahé, on 14 - 20 December at least (36th record), an immature Eleonora’s Falcon Falco eleonorae on Aride Island on 19 November (28th record), up to three Eurasian Hobbies Falco subbuteo on Denis on 24 - 27 November and a first winter on Cousine Island on 24 December - 11 January (20th and 21st records), a Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago on Alphonse on 16 - 22 November and one at Roche Caiman, Mahé, on 20 December (13 - 14th records), a first-winter Common Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus on Alphonse on 13 - 15 December (16th record), a Lesser Cuckoo Cuculus poliocephalus found dead on North Island on 20 December (13th record), an immature Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava on Aride on 19 November (30th record), a Common Sand Martin Riparia riparia on Alphonse on 23 - 26 December (18th record), and a first-winter male Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe (45th record).

Still under review by SBRC are the first report for Seychelles of a Bulwer’s Petrel Bulweria bulwerii at sea near Cosmoledo on 17 March, a Madagascar Pond Heron Ardeola idae at Poivre on 19 March (the fourth report east of Aldabra, where it breeds), together with the fifth Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus on Aride on 5 December, a Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni on Alphonse on 27 February - 3 April, a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminate on Alphonse on 8 - 16 May and a Little Swift Apus affinis on North Island on 24 January. Also of interest and under review are reports of a Jouanin’s Petrel Bulweria fallax at sea between Cosmoledo and Poivre on 18 March (11 previous records), a Great Egret Egretta alba at St Joseph Atoll on 26 April (12 previous records), an adult Purple Heron Ardea purpurea on Desroches on 23 April (36 previous records), four Black-winged Pratincoles Glareola nordmanni on Alphonse on 4 - 16 May (seven previous records), and a Pacific Swift Apus pacificus on Alphonse on 19 March (ten previous records).

An exceptional invasion of Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters Merops persicus in November - December 2008, involving several hundred birds from Bird and Denis in the north to Alphonse in the south, was reported. By late December most had moved on, except on Denis, Bird, D’Arros, St Joseph and Alphonse. On Denis c.10 remained through January, increasing to c.20 in February and 30 in April, declining thereafter with most having departed by 6 June, but three remained to at least 15 June. On Bird four were present until at least 4 May. On D’Arros numbers declined steadily from c.10 in January to three by 10 June. On St Joseph ten were present in January, with one remaining until at least 10 June. On Alphonse up to three were seen until 21 February. Elsewhere, 13 were reported at Cote d’Or, Praslin, on 19 - 28 April; on Aride, up to three on 25 - 31 December and one on 3 - 4 February; on Curieuse four on 6 January; on Silhouette, none from 27 December until three on 22 April; on Eden, two on 30 January and three on 10 February; on St François, three on 15 January; on Poivre, four on 12 March; and on Desroches, three on 27 February and 12 - 15 on 23 April. .

Reports received by Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) for June - December 2008 include an Oriental Plover Charadrius veredus and a Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni at the airstrip on Alphonse from 26 October, representing the fifth and sixth reports for Seychelles respectively; both were still present in early December. Three Sandwich Terns Sterna sandvicensis at Grand Anse, Praslin, on 9 July were the fifth report of this species.

An exceptional invasion of Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters Merops persicus began with six on Praslin on 17 November and six on Denis Island on 18 November. Numbers built up dramatically on 20 - 24 November with up to 500 on Denis, 120 at St Joseph Atoll, 100 on D’Arros, 50 on North Island, 35 on Praslin, 30 on Silhouette, 30 on Desroches, 30 on Mahé, 18 on Aride, 15 on Anonyme, ten on Cousine and five on Alphonse. Numbers declined thereafter but a few were still present in early December on all of the islands listed. This is the second time in living memory that a mass invasion of Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters has been witnessed in Seychelles. On the first occasion, hundreds or perhaps thousands of birds were seen on 15 different islands, arriving in early November 2001, with a few remaining as late as mid-June 2002. Apart from these two mass invasions, there have been only 14 previous records.

Amur Falcons Falco amurensis also arrived in significant numbers around the same time as the Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters, with up to 50 on Denis from 21 November; numbers declined thereafter but a few were still present in early December. There was one at North Island on 21 November, nine on 22 November and two still present in early December. There was also one at Glacis, Mahé on 21 - 22 November, up to 20 at D’Arros from 24 November and two at Point Larue, Mahé on 1 - 2 December. Amur Falcons were seen to take Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters on D’Arros and Denis, and a Madagascar Turtle Dove Streptopelia picturata was also taken on Denis. Amur Falcons are now annual visitors to Seychelles although the species was unrecorded prior to 1995.

Reports of European Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus, a species with only 11 previous records, include a male found dead on D’Arros on 26 September (the earliest arrival in Seychelles), a male and a female / immature on Praslin on 11 October, and one at St François on 28 October.

Other sightings of interest during the period were a Purple Heron Ardea purpurea at Denis Island on 3 October (34 previous records), a Broad- billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus at Alphonse on 17 September (an annual visitor to the Aldabra group with 11 previous records east of there) and a Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus on North Island on 6 October (16 previous records).

Reports received by Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) for December 2007 - May 2008 include the following. A juvenile Madagascar Pond Heron Ardeola idae on Assumption Island was the first record from any of the outer islands other than Aldabra, where it breeds. A female Northern Pintail Anas acuta at Roche Caiman, Mahé, on 5 December was joined by another female and a male in early January, which remained until at least 19 January (there are eight previous records). A Black Kite Milvus migrans on Alphonse Island on 26 - 27 March was the second report for Seychelles. Three Amur Falcons Falco amurensis were reported from North Island on 9 December and two from Alphonse on 26 December - 5 January (27 previous records). A Great Snipe Gallinago media at Mont Fleuri, Mahé, on 16 - 17 January and a European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus on Aride Island on 10 - 29 January have both been accepted by SBRC as the third records for Seychelles. A Lesser Cuckoo Cuculus poliocephalus was on Alphonse on 4 January (11 previous records).

The first Wire-tailed Swallow Hirundo smithii for the islands was a male at Picard, Aldabra, on 8 February . It has been accepted as the first record for the archipelago and is considered to pertain to the nominate race. Other sightings of interest include three Common House Martins Delichon urbicum on Alphonse Island on 16 - 18 May (seven previous records), a Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava (27 previous records) and single Northern Wheatears Oenanthe oenanthe on Aride on 18 - 20 December and Alphonse on 12 February (43 previous records).

Reports received by Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) for May - November 2007 include the third Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris for Seychelles (and the first for the outer islands), at Harrison’s Beach and Gendron’s Beach, Alphonse, on 1-3 November. A Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis at the airstrip, Alphonse, on 6-8 November was also a first report for the outer islands and the sixth for Seychelles. Two European Bee-eaters Merops apiaster at Picard, Aldabra, on 14 November represented the third report for Seychelles (both previous records were also from the Aldabra group). Isabelline Wheatears Oenanthe isabellina at the airstrip, Bird Island, on 27 October and at Providence, Mahé, on 6-7 November, were the fourth and fifth reports for Seychelles.

Common Sand Martins Riparia riparia were seen at the airstrip, Bird Island, on 27 October (two), at the south beach, St Francois Atoll, on 3 November (one) and at the airstrip, Alphonse, on 23-26 October (one); there are 15 previous records. White Wagtails Motacilla alba (23 previous records) were reported at Alphonse from 23 October to 3 November, D’Arros on 9 November and Picard, Aldabra, on 25 November.

Other sightings of interest include a Purple Heron Ardea purpurea (33 previous records) at Alphonse from 16 October until 9 November, an adult Common Pratincole Glareola pratincola (six previous records) at La Passe, Silhouette, on 28 October, a Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata (28 previous records, including 19 from Aldabra) at Picard, Aldabra, from 30 October to 3 November, and a Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus (ten previous records) at Cousine Island on 21 November.

Reports received by Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) for November 2006 - May 2007 include firsts for no fewer than five species: a Cory’s Shearwater Calonectris diomedea at Gro Latet, Aride Island, on 24 November, a juvenile female Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula at the sewage ponds on Alphonse on 23-25 December, a Madagascar Lesser Cuckoo Cuculus rochii at the Old Settlement, Picard, Aldabra, on 24-29 December, an African Palm Swift Cypsiurus parvus at Picard, Aldabra, on 20 December, and a Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustris found exhausted near the cemetery, Picard, Aldabra, on 24 April.

Other records from the period include the following. A dark-morph Kermadec Petrel Pterodroma neglecta at Cousin, on 10 January, was the fourth record from Seychelles; the previous three, in 2003, 2004 and 2006, also at Cousin, were all of intermediate morphs and at least two refer to the same individual (see Bull. ABC 13: 88–90; 14: 102). A first-year Eleonora’s Falcon Falco eleonorae was at the Old Settlement, Picard, on 12 December and another on 21 January.

At Providence landfill, Mahé, a Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta on 28 January was the second report for Seychelles, whereas a Temminck’s Stint C. temminckii on 10 March was the sixth. Three Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago were also there on 10 March; ten of the 11 accepted records are of singles and the other concerned two individuals. A Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus stayed at Roche Caiman Bird Sanctuary, Mahé, from 21 February until 10 March. Four Grey-tailed Tattlers Heteroscelus brevipes at St François Atoll on 1 March, with two until 7 April, constitute the third report for Seychelles; the first two records were of singles. A White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus at the airstrip of Alphonse on 1 December was the fifth for Seychelles. A European Roller Coracias garrulus stayed at the Research Station, Picard, on 16-19 May.

On Mahé, two White Wagtails Motacilla alba were at Oceangate, on 6 December, whilst a Yellow Wagtail M. flava, possibly of the race beema, was at Providence landfill on 27 January and another of unknown race at Mare Anglaise on 27 April. A Grey Wagtail M. cinerea was at the plateau, North Island, on 2-3 November and a Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe at the Old Settlement, Picard, on 11 February. A Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus which landed on a boat at the lagoon, St François Atoll, and was transported to Alphonse and released, was the fourth report for Seychelles. A juvenile European Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus was in the vicinity of the Settlement, Picard, on 24 December.

The airstrip at Alphonse was particularly productive during the period, with sightings of a first-winter Amur Falcon Falco amurensis on 25 December, an Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum on 2-26 December, a Black-winged Pratincole G. nordmanni on 10-26 December, a Common Swift Apus apus on 26 April, an adult Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus on 11 December, a Common Sand Martin Riparia riparia on 15-17 February, up to six Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica on 4-21 March, and a Common House Martin Delichon urbicum on 9-14 April.

The high number of records received from Alphonse was largely due to the opening of a new Island Conservation Centre with full-time staff in February 2007. This has also enabled the regular monitoring of neighbouring St François Atoll and its large wintering wader population. Regular counts at St François found remarkably high numbers of up to 1,750 Crab-plovers Dromas ardeola and up to 800 Ruddy Turnstones Arenaria interpres. Also recorded were the highest numbers in Seychelles for Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus (400 in April), Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola (250 in March) and Saunders’s Tern Sterna saundersi (1,800 in March). Also on Alphonse, a previously unknown colony of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters Puffinus pacificus has been discovered. The frigatebird roost on Alphonse has been found to be of national importance, with counts of up to 4,200 birds, comprising c.95% Lesser Frigatebird Fregata ariel and 5% Greater Frigatebird F. minor.

Reports received by Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) from August–November 2006 include the following. On Cousin, an intermediate-morph Kermadec Petrel Pterodroma neglecta, recovered on 13 August, proved to be the same individual ringed on the island on 29 June 2004 and presumed to be the same as that photographed on 29 August 2003; these are the only reports for Seychelles. A Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos on D’Arros on 13 November was the fourth report for Seychelles. Two Common Redshanks Tringa totanus at Roche Caiman Bird Sanctuary, Mahé, on 2 August, with one at Dauban marsh, La Passe, Silhouette, on 11 September were the fourth and fifth reports. There have been 14 previous records of Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus from Seychelles, but one on Bird Island on 25 March–2 April 2006 was more than a month later than any previous record and was the first of an adult in breeding plumage. Other sightings of interest included a Common Swift Apus apus at D’Arros on 9–12 November. The first Madagascar Bee-eater Merops superciliosus for Seychelles was at Aldabra on 15–31 October.

Reports received by Seychelles Bird Records Committee during the period January-April 2006 include two firsts for the archipelago: a male Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope at Dauban marsh, Silhouette, from 17 February to 1 March, and a Garden Warbler Sylvia borin, which came aboard the cruise ship Le Ponant between Aldabra and Alphonse on 27 March.

Reports from May-December 2005 received by Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) include the first Sooty Gull Larus hemprichii for Seychelles, an adult in breeding plumage at Aride Island on 29 August. Nine Flesh-footed Shearwaters Puffinus carneipes were reported from five locations on 25-27 October off the north and north-east edge of the Seychelles Plateau (north of Bird and Denis islands); four previous records have been accepted by SBRC to date. The fifth Wilson’s Storm-petrel Oceanites oceanicus for the archipelago was also reported in the same area on 27 October. A Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus stayed at Bird Island from 6 May until 28 August. The fifth Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris for Seychelles was also found there on 5-13 November, as well as the third Madagascar Pond Heron Ardeola idae east of the Aldabra group (where it breeds on Aldabra Atoll) on 14 September. A Great White Egret Egretta alba was found at an unnamed islet off Benjamin, St Joseph Atoll, on 21 July, and a Purple Heron Ardea purpurea at North Point, Mahé, on 23 October. A White-faced Whistling Duck Dendrocygna viduata was at Cinq Cases beach, Aldabra, on 20 August.

Eleven Amur Falcons Falco amurensis were on North Island on 30 November, with four still present on 23 December. A Eurasian Hobby F. subbuteo was seen at Mahé on 8 November and an Allen’s Gallinule Porphyrio alleni at Picard, Aldabra, on 6 June. The second Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus for Seychelles was at Bird Island on 1 November (interestingly, the first record, now accepted by SBRC, was at this same location the previous season), with the fifth Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola also there on 29 October, and two from 31 October to 23 December. A Grey-tailed Tattler Heteroscelus brevipes at Glacis, Mahé, on 30 September, was the third for Seychelles. A European Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur stayed at Bird Island on 4-9 November and a European Roller Coracias garrulus at Cousine on 13-29 November.

The third Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla remained at Bird Island from mid October to 12 November. A Mascarene Martin Phedina borbonica was at L’Union Estate, La Digue, on 4 July. Single White Wagtails Motacilla alba were observed at Bird Island on 5 May and at Cousine Island on 24 November. A Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus was at Bird Island on 8-12 November. A Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus was ship-assisted from east of La Digue on 29 October to La Digue on 30 October, and another was at Bird Island on 3-5 November. An Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina on North Island on 12 October constitutes the fourth report for Seychelles. Second reports were received for Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus at Bel Air, Mahé, on 9 November and Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina at Bird Island on 10 November. Also at Bird Island were a Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata on 7-9 November and a European Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus on 5-9 November.

A Pterodroma at Cousin Island on 29 August 2003 and 29 June 2004 (Bull. ABC 12: 70), has been identified by Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) as Kermadec Petrel P. neglecta, the first record for Seychelles. Reports from the period October 2004-March 2005 include the first Little Crake Porzana parva for the islands, seen on Cousin on 25-27 December, whilst a Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus at Bird Island from 25 October until 25 March will be the first for Seychelles if accepted (there is also a published record rejected by SBRC).

A Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus at the Sooty Tern Sterna fuscata colony area from 21 January until 3 February was the second report. A Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea at the Le Niol waterworks, Mahé, on 12-15 March was the fifth report for Seychelles. A Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus at Bird Island from 29 November until about 12 December will be the fourth record if accepted (there are a further two records deemed indeterminate with Common Chiffchaff P. collybita and one confirmed as Common Chiffchaff). Other sightings of interest included three Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters Merops persicus at Bird Island on 22 January-4 February, with two still present on 5 February, and a Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus at Bird Island on 22 December.

Recent records received by Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) include the first Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus for Seychelles found at Bird Island on 24 October–14 November 2004. A Pterodroma at Cousin Island on 29 August 2003 and, possibly the same individual, on 29 June 2004 was either a Herald Petrel P. arminjoniana or a Kermadec Petrel P. neglecta; evidence, including photos, a full set of morphometrics and a blood sample, is being examined by SBRC; neither species has ever been recorded in Seychelles.

Second reports for Seychelles in 2004 include a White-cheeked Tern Sterna repressa at Providence, Mahé, on 20 November, a Common Rock Thrush  Monticola saxatilis at Bird Island on 10 October, a Whinchat  Saxicola rubetra at Bird Island on 20 November and a Common Whitethroat  Sylvia communis also there on 17–20 March. A late report was received of a Common Redshank Tringa totanus at Anse aux Pins, Mahé, on 13 December 2002, together with a more recent one from Providence, Mahé, on 20 November 2004; there is only one previous accepted record for Seychelles.

Other reports of interest, from the period March–December 2004, include a Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aetherus at Aride on 30 October, two Amur Falcons Falco amurensis at Bird Island on 3 December, a Eurasian Oystercatcher  Haematopus ostralegus at Aride on 28 April and one at La Passe, Silhouette on 16–28 June, an adult and a first-winter Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola at Oceangate mudflats, Mahé on 1–18 November, an adult Oriental Pratincole G. maldivarum at  Bird Island on 21–22 March, a Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa at Bird Island on 14 November, a Ruff Philomachus pugnax at Bird Island on 3–4 October, a Jacobin Cuckoo Clamator jacobinus at Bird Island on 8 March and a Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla also there on 12 March.

Records accepted as firsts for the country by Seychelles Bird Records Committee (SBRC) include a Bimaculated Lark Melanocorypha bimaculata at Bird Island on 22 to 27 November 2003 (possibly also the first genuine vagrant for the Southern Hemisphere) and an adult Grey-headed Kingfisher Halcyon leucocephala that stayed at Denis Island from 30 December 2003 until 16 February 2004 (constituting the most easterly record for this species).

Other records from 2003 and early 2004 accepted by SBRC include two adult Red-billed Tropicbirds Phaethon aethereus at St François lagoon on 11 January 2003 (fifth record for Seychelles), an adult Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris at Cousine Island on 29 October 2003 (fourth record), an adult female Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus at Aride Island on 23 January 2004 (second record), an Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii at Denis Island, from 26 January to 26 February 2004 (fourth record), a non-breeding adult Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus at Beau Vallon, Mahé, on 3 to 6 December 2003 (second record), an Osprey Pandion haliaetus at Denis Island from 13 July 2003 until 4 February 2004 (second record), a Common Quail Coturnix coturnix at Bird Island on 21 November 2003 (accepted as the third for Seychelles with the caveat that other possible escaped quail species could not be ruled out), a Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus at Alphonse Island on 25 October 2003 and at Bird Island from mid October 2003 until 10 May 2004 (third and fourth records), a Little Curlew Numenius minutus at Seybrew mudflats, Mahé, on 21/22 October 2003 (second record), a Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa at Alphonse Island on 24 to 28 December 2003 (fifth record), a European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus at Denis Island on 5 to 7 November 2003 (second record), and a Rose-coloured Starling Sturnus roseus at Frégate Island in mid December 2003 (fourth record).

Significant records from October 2003 to February 2004 received by SBRC include two Northern Pintails Anas acuta at a pool near Praslin airport on 26 November, a Northern Shoveler A. clypeata at Providence mudflats, Mahé, on 29 November, a Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus at Aride Island on 6 November, a Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius at Aride Island on 21 to 27 November, a Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis at the Inter-Island Quay, Victoria, Mahé, on 29 November and another at Seybrew mudflats, Mahé, on 17 February, a European Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur at Bird Island on 23 to 27 November, an Asian Lesser Cuckoo Cuculus poliocephalus at Alphonse Island on 24 December and one at Aride on 29 December, a Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava at La Passe, Silhouette, on 11 to 17 October, a White Wagtail M. alba at l’Allée, Aride Island, on 18 to 23 November, a first-winter Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus at Aride Island on 29 October to 3 November and a male at Denis Island on 1 January to 13 February 2004, and a first-winter Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus at Bird Island on 22 November.

The exceptional number of Amur Falcons Falco amurensis of late 2002, a species unrecorded in Seychelles prior to 1995 (see Bull ABC 10: 138), was repeated in late 2003. Reports include an adult female at Praslin Airport on 4 December, up to ten at Bird Island on 20 to 28 November (mainly female or first-winters, with at least one second-year male), an adult female at La Passe, Silhouette, on 18 December, an immature at Alphonse Island from 25 December until 8 February 2004, and a male at Alphonse Island on 25 December.

Records from the period September 2002 to March 2003 include the following. Four Flesh-footed Shearwaters Puffinus carneipes at sea between Astove and Desroches on 23 December, and one at about one mile from the entrance to the lagoon of Desroches the next day, were the third and fourth records for Seychelles. The allegedly first Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides for Seychelles was reported from Bird Island in October 2002 (Bull. ABC 10: 61); subsequently, however, a record of this species at the Inter-Island Quay, Mahé, on 21 September, which will represent the first for Seychelles if accepted, was received by Seychelles Bird Records Committee. A Great White Egret Egretta alba was on Desroches on 8 November to 24 December. The report of five adult Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus at La Passe, La Digue, on 11 to 15 March, represents the first for Seychelles. A first-year female Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca at Anse Forbans, Mahé, on 19 to 25 December was the third for Seychelles.

In late 2002 a large number of Amur Falcons Falco amurensis were reported: one on Aride on 28 to 30 November, up to seven on various dates in December on Platte Island, one on Desroches on 11 December, two on Alphonse on 18th and one on La Digue on 26th; the majority of birds appear to have been first-years, with at least two adult females (interestingly, no adult male has ever been recorded in Seychelles). Other falcon records include one first-year and two adult pale morph Eleonora’s Falcons Falco eleonorae on Alphonse on 18 December, a first-year Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo at La Passe, Silhouette, on 6 November and another on 4 December.

An immature Madagascar Pratincole Glareola ocularis was at the Inter-island Quay, Mahé, on 21 to 25 October and two at Lemuria golf course, Praslin, on 25 to 27 October; these represent the second and third records for Seychelles. Buff-breasted Sandpipers Tryngites subruficollis at Lemuria golf course, Praslin, on 15 November and at a playing field adjacent to the Inter-Island Quay, Mahé, from 6 December to 1 January were the fourth and fifth reports for Seychelles. A male Ruff Philomachus pugnax stayed at Victoria, Mahé, from 19 December to 1 February. An adult Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa on Aride on 17 to 27 October was the fourth report for the archipelago. Two adults and one first-year Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis at Anse l’Islette, Mahé, on 23 December represent a fifth record for Seychelles. Black-naped Tern S. sumatrana was reported from Aride Island on 27 December.

Other noteworthy records include a Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus at Grand Anse, Mahé on 20 December, an Asian Lesser Cuckoo C. poliocephalus at Côte d’Or, Praslin on 26 December, an immature European Roller Coracias garrulus at Victoria, Mahé on 19 November to 6 December, five Broad-billed Rollers Eurystomus glaucurus at various locations at Aldabra on 6 November to 20 December, and a first-year White Wagtail Motacilla alba at La Passe, Silhouette, on 11 to 21 November.

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