Peter Holden has reported an Arctic Skua and a three Common Swift at Desroches. The swift was seen on 11 February and the skua on 18 February. There have been 5 previous records of Arctic Skua accepted by SBRC but this is the first report from anywhere in the outer islands. There have been 35 previous records of Common Swift accepted by SBRC including 3 from Desroches. The vast majority of swift records have been single birds, but occasionally two, three on one occasion and more than three on just a single occasion. This last record was of ten birds in October 2009.......on Desroches!
Janske van de Crommenacker and Martijn van Dinther have reported a Eurasian Bittern present at Denis Island from around 25 February to 5 March. This is the second report from Denis for the current migration season following a sighting on 3 December 2015. This December bird was the first record for Denis Island but this second bird means Denis is suddenly the bittern capital of Seychelles, being the only island where the species has been seen more than once. There are seven other records from Aride (1988), Praslin (1993), Mahe (2000), Cousine (2003), Bird (2005), Alphonse (2010) and Frégate (2012).