As busy a month October was for research at the D’Arros Research Centre, it was as active a month for vagrant and annual avian visitors to D’Arros and St Joseph. The first D’Arros record of both a Eurasian Bittern and a Caspian Sand Plover occurred this month. These birds are scarce vagrants to Seychelles and particularly to the Outer Islands. According to Adrian Skerrett of the Seychelles Bird Records Committee, the Caspian Plover has been recorded only 15 times in Seychelles and only once previously in the Outer Islands while the Eurasian Bittern has been recorded only eight times in Seychelles and again only once in the Outer Islands.
With the aim to get a good photo of the Eurasian Bittern, SOSF-DRC spotted a European Roller on the airstrip, however, the Eurasian Bittern, although present for at least three days, avoided the camera. A European Roller was last seen on D’Arros in late November 2014.
Finally, a dead European Golden Oriole was found outside the DRC. This bird was last recorded in 2009, also a dead individual found near the lab.