Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica

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Very rare vagrant. L&A included a record of one seen by J. Whitaker at Chapel St Leonards on 22nd September 1906 (Whitaker 1906). However, the supporting details are sparse, even for the time, and authorities of the early twentieth century placed the record in square brackets (Witherby & Ticehurst 1908, Blathwayt 1912). Consequently, we now treat the 1906 record as unacceptable, and a male seen at Gibraltar Point on 11th May 1975 becomes the first record.

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