Clare Keating Daly has reported a European Roller present at the airstrip, D'Arros on 30 October.
European Roller is a rare visitor to Seychelles but has been recorded in every year since 2007.
Photos: Clare Keating Daly
On 29 October, hotel staff at Alphonse island resort contacted Island Conservation Society's staff member Ariadna Fernández to say two ducks were making use of the hotel pool facilities! The ducks in question turned out to be two Garganey, a rare but annual visitor to Seychelles.
Clare Keating Daly has reported a Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus found dead at D'Arros on 22 October. This is the second report of this species from D'Arros, the first beng an adult female or subadult male also found dead on 26 September 2008. Eurasian Golden Oriole sightings have become more frequent over the last ten years
The following day, Clare found a Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus present on the island. near the main house pond. SBRC has accepted 15 previous records of this species. This is the first report from D'Arros and only the second report for the whole of the outer islands.
Janske van de Crommenacker has reported a Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris at the hydroponics farm, Fregate on 16 October. According to the agricultural staff at the farm, the bird had already been present for 3-4 days.
SBRC has accepted eight previous records of this species including one also seen by Janske, present at Denis island from December 2015 to June 2016.
Pep Nogués has reported a Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva at the airstrip, Alphonse on 13 October. SBRC classifies this species as an annual visitor to the granitic islands and Amirantes and a vagrant west of 52˚E (Aldabra and Farquhar groups). This is the 11th report from Alphonse, more than any other island in the Amirantes. It is unusual in that the bird shows partial breeding plumage which is extremely rare to see in Seychelles. Indeed, this is the first time it has been photographed at any island to the knowledge of SBRC.
Pep also reports a Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus present the previous day at St Francois. Terek Sandpiper is an annual visitor to the granitics and a vagrant elsewhere in Seychelles. This species has been rported six times previously at St Francois and a further 4 times at Alphonse.
Ari Fernández, Pep Nogués and Chris Narty have reported an amazing five Collared Pratincoles at the Alphonse airstrip 5-6 October. 21 of the 23 previous records of Collared Pratincole accepted by SBRC have been single birds and no more than 3 birds have ever been recorded at the same time.
Thomas Collier, who recently arrived as the new Conservation Officer at Farquhar has reported a Madagascar Pratincole at North Island, Farquhar. There are just two previous Seychelles records
On 10 September, I had a rare opportunity to visit Astove on a (mostly) cargo flight. Seabirds are very few in number but Caspian Terns almost certainly breed. Eight birds including a juvenile hovered above my head near the lagoon entrance, calling loudly as if defending territory but no nests were found, There was no sign of any Pied Crows, a native species that has been persecuted despite its status. Three land bird species survive: Madagascar White-eye, Souimanga Sunbird and Madagascar Cisticola. In addition, there are resident populations of Striated Heron, Cattle Egret, Dimorphic Egret and Grey Heron.
Island Conservation Society Conservation Offier Francois Baguette has reported Fairy Terns breeding at Silhouette, A chick was located on 4 August on a Tabebuia pallida tree at La Belle Tortue at a height of 15 metres. SBRC is not aware of any previous confirmed breeding record at Silhouette.