Left: Little Stint; right Sand Martin (Clare Keating Daly)
Clare Keating Daly has reported a Little Stint, both present at the eastern tip of D'Arros on 28 November.
Little Stint was long considered an annual visitor to Seychelles but a huge decline in the number of sightings led to a change of status to vagrant. SBRC has accepted 39 previous records of Sand Martin.
Christopher Narty has reported a Red-throated Pipit present at the airstrip, Alphonse on 28 November. The bird was also observed by Ariadna Fernández. SBRC has accepted 32 previous records of this species including 8 times from Alphonse.
Christopher Narty, Pep Nogués and Ariadna Fernández have reported an immature White Wagtail at the beach, Alphonse on 27 November. SBRC has accepted 45 previous records of this species including five from Alphonse.
Eddie Urbanski, Simon Hugheston-Roberts and James Millett have reported a Tufted Duck present at the pool adjacent Kempinski Resort present on 25 November 2017. The bird was first located by Eddie Urbanski,
SBRC has only accepted one previous record of this species, a juvenile female present at the sewage ponds, Alphonse from 23 December 2006 (and possibly from one week earlier) to 25 December 2006.
Amur Falcon was unrecorded in Seychelles before 1995 but since 2000 it has been an annual visitor to Seychelles. Juan Michel reported the first birds of the current migration season with two present at Denis Island on 22 November.
Andre Dufrenne reported one at Seychelles International Airport on Monday 20 November increasing to five the following day until 25 November, from the main parking area to the Anonyme Island jetty. The birds were till present on this date and further dates are likely to follow,
From left to right: male, female and immature Amur Falcon (Pep Nogués)
Island Conservation Society staff at Alphonse - Christopher Narty, Pep Nogués and Ariadna Fernández have reported five Amur Falcons present at the airstrip from 24 November. These included one adult male, two immatures and two females. Three were still present at the present date (29 November) but one female and one immature died on 27 November.
Alphonse is the southern limit of the range of this annual visitor to Seychelles. First recorded here in January 2001 it has been recorded 19 times and in most years since this date but the previous maximum number of birds present on any one occasion was three in December 2008.
Christopher Narty located and photographed a Ruff at Alphonse on 7 November. Identified by Ariadna Fernández, the bird was also observed by Pep Nogués. Thirty-six records of this species have been accepted by SBRC, all of them from the inner islands except for two previous Alphonse records.