Dan Richards has reported a female Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe at Alphonse Island on 16 March. The bird was also seen and photographed by Tim Kemple. SBRC has accepted 74 previous records of this species, which is probably an annual visitor in small numbers. Records are still collected because it remains a very rare visitor and there is potential confusion with other vagrant wheatear species. Accepted records include 11 from Alphonse, more than any other locality other tthan Aldabra.
Northern Wheatear records peak later in the season than any other migrant for reasons unknown. It is also unusual in that the majority of sightings are from the outer islands (60 of 74 records) unlike the vast majority of migrant land birds.
Terence Mahoune has reported a Common House Martin Delichon urbica at the pig and cattle farm area, Denis Island on 14 March. The bird was also observed by Anton Walter. SBRC has accepted 22 previous records of this species, mainly from the outer islands. This is the first record from the inner islands at anywhere other than Bird Island (where it has been recorded on 5 occasions).
Terence Mahoune has reported an adult male Northern Wheatear at Denis Island at Belle Etoile coast on 7 March. The bird was also observed by Nischal Gabazu.
SBRC has accepted 74 previous records of this species, including two from Denis. Aldabra has recorded the most sightings with 37 records, exactly 50% of the total.
Clare Keating Daly has reported a Yellow Wagtail at the airstrip, D'Arros. SBRC has accepted 51 previous records of this species. SBRC attempts to assign race to sightings wherever possible and previous records include flava, beema, feldegg and lutea. The blue-grey head, yellow throat and white supercilium of this bird suggests race flava (Blue-headed Wagtail), which breeds across central Europe to the Urals
This is the first record of Yellow Wagtail for D'Arros. The species has been previously recorded in the Amirantes only from Alphonse.
Chris Narty has reported a European Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur near the IDC Guesthouse at Alphonse. SBRC has accepted 10 previous records of this species. The bird was also seen by Ariadna Fernández,
Gordon Holm and Peter Hunger have reported a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at the baby tortoise pens, Curieuse on 5 February. SBRC has accepted 5 previous records of this species, 3 at Mahe and 2 at Alphonse.
Clare Daly and Ryan Daly have reported a Common Redstart at D'Arros from 30 January to 2 February. SBRC has accepted 18 previous records of this species but all except one of these records (a bird on Alphonse) are from islands further to the east: the granitics, Bird, Denis and Platte.
Returning to the island after a period away, Stef Houben has reported three Garganey at the quarry pond, Frégate on 17 January. Meanwhile, a male Amur Falcon was also present on the island, which might be the same individual first seen on 19 of December or possibly a new visitor. Amur Falcons are annual visitors to Seychelles south as far as Alphonse, but the vast majority of sightings are female or immature birds.
IDC Island Manager Alain Comettant has reported to Island Conservation Society staff at Desroches the sighting of a Jacobin Cuckoo Oxylophus jacobinus. The bird was identified by ICS staff member Chris Jones. SBRC has accepted 13 previous records of this species including one from Desroches on 2 December 2016.
The first vagrants to Seychelles to be reported in 2017 come from Pep Nogués & Ari Fernandez at Alphonse. These are a Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo on New Year's Day and a Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe on 4th January,
SBRC has accepted 29 previous records of Eurasian Hobby and 74 records of Northern Wheatear.