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Aves, 34/4 | 1997 | 195-223

Dufourny, H.

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This combined eport of the Flemish (B.A.H.C.) and Walloon Rarities Committees (C.H.) deals with rare birds in Belgium in 1995. Six taxa were added to the Belgian list in 1995 : Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii), dowitcher sp., probably Long-billed (LImnodromus sp. cf. Limnoodromus scolopaceus), "Eastern" Yellow-legged Gull (Larus (cachinnans) cachinnans), Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus), Arctic Warbler (Phylloscopus borealis) and Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus). Retrospectively, the first record of Hume's Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus humei) (in 1981) is also included in this report. Other noteworthly records for the belgian avifauna include a Black-winged Pratincole (Glareola nordmanni) in 1982, a Brünnich's Guillemot (Uria lomvia), a Scops Owl (Otus scops) in 1992, a Red-rumped Swallow (Hirundo daurica) in 1993, an Eye-browed Thrush (Turdus obscurus) and a Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea) of the subspecies C.f. rostrata and also several mentions of American Wigeon (Anas americana), of Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis), of Siberian Stonechats (Saxicola troquata maura) and of Hume's Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus humei). An unprecedented influx of Great White Egrets (Casmerodius albus) was also observed, as well as the third breeding record of Parrot Crossbil (Loxia pytopsittacus). Most of these rare birds were observed in the northern Flemish Region, thanks to a large number of birdwatchers, but Wallonia also accounts for excellent finds as the Baird's Sandpiper, one Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), one Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus), one Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus), two Pectoral Sandpipers (Calidris melanotos), one Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) and one Rock Bunting(Emberiza cia).

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