Matthew Morgan has reported four Eleonora's Falcons Falco eleonorae at Farquhar on 7 January 2020.
SBRC has accepted 47 previous records of this species. All but 4 of these records are of single birds and this is the frst report of more than 3 at the same time.
Mathew Morgan and Anabelle Cupidon have reported Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa at Farquhar: Two at the southern tip of North Island on 23 December 2019 and one at Manahas Milieu on 7 January 2020.
SBRC has accepted 10 previous records of this species. However, this is the first record south of the Amirantes.
Annabelle Cupidon has reported two Senegal Lapwings Vanellus lugubris at Farquhar on 19 December. This species is resident from West Africa to East Africa south to South Africa, and at islands off Tanzania (Pemba, Zanzibar, Latham, Mafia). However, it has never previously been reported from oceanic islands east of Tanzania.
Annabelle Cupidon has reported a pale morph Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae at Farquhar on 16 December. There are 47 previous records of this species.
Teesha Baboorun has reported a White Wagtail Motacilla alba near the Grand Kaz, la passe, Silhouette on 4 December
Stuart Dunlop has reported a Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio at Cousineon 3 December. SBRC has accepted 10 previous records of this species.
Stuart and Bronwyn Dunlop have reported the first record of Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin Cercotrichas galactotes for Seychelles and the Indian Ocean, presnt on 6-8 November 2019.
Grey-tailed Tattler (left) and Caspian Plover (right),; photos: Chris Narty
The Island Conservation Society team on Alphonse have reported the sighting of two rare waders. A Grey-tailed Tattler was observed by Chris Narty and Dillys Pouponeau, identified by Gorge Curd, on 23 October. The following day, Chris Narty observed a Caspian Plover; he also photographed both birds.
SBRC has accepted 5 previous records of Grey-tailed Tattler including 2 on St Francois. There have been 17 accepted records of Caspian Plover but no previous ones from Alphonse and the only other record from Amirantes is one on D’Arros in 2017.
Garganey at Aride (left, photo: Ilana Engelbrecht and Nasreen Khan) and Fregate (right, photo: Anna Zora)
Garganey have been reported at three islands: Aride, Alphonse and Fregate. Garganey is an annual visitor the Seychelles in small numbers and SBRC collects records of all sightings. The first of the season on 8 October was found at Aride, in exhausted condition by ICS Ranger Francis Saloman. A second bird was reported at Alphonse on 25 October by ICS Conservation officer Gail Fordham, said to have been present for a few days. The third sighting at Fregate on 28 October was made by Conservation Officer Anna Zora.
Reports collected by SBRC show that sightings peak from this time of year through to the end of December, declining sharply thereafter with very few sightings from March onward.
Olaf Zesch and Chris Feare have reported a Corncrake Crex crex from Bird island, presumed to be an immature. Olaf Zesch first saw and photographed the bird in front of the hotel restaurant on the morning of 27 September. Searches there for it in the afternoon failed, but Christine Larose and Chris Feare found in in the late afternoon feeding in short vegetation on the airstrip.
The first record for Seychelles was also from Bird Island and also reported by Chris Feare in October 1973. In the intervening 46 years between the two Bird sightings there have been just 3 other records accepted by SBRC, with individuals at Aride, Fregate and North.