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What’s in the latest issue? July 2014

  • BB eye
  • News & comment
  • The review of the Druridge Bay Curlew
  • Asian Red-rumped Swallow – new to Britain
  • Nightjar foraging activity and habitat use
  • Assessing and recording Subalpine Warblers
  • Obituary – David Glue
  • Notes
  • Reviews
  • Recent reports

Latest articles

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The North American Bird Guide (2nd edn)

It is almost 14 years since the ‘Sibley Guide’ first appeared. It soon became established as the most detailed and authoritative guide to North American birds, becoming the bestselling guide to the region, and has gone on to sell over 1.5 million copies…

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Merlin ditching a carcass

This sequence of photos taken on 5th March 2014 at Elmley, in Kent, illustrates some interesting Merlin behaviour…

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Hummingbirds – a life-size guide to every species

Hummingbirds make up the second-largest family of birds in the world and, depending on which checklist you follow (this book follows Howard & Moore (2013) taxonomy), there are around 338 of them. This book sets out to provide a description of each species together with brief information on distribution, habitat, size and status. A colour distribution map is also provided for each species…

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Peregrine Falcons of the World

While there is certainly no shortage of books about the Peregrine Falcon, the focus of most of them is on Peregrines in Britain, Europe or North America. This book aims to do something different by providing a comprehensive global overview of this cosmopolitan species.

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BB eye – July 2014

One hundred years ago this month Europe entered a war that was to kill millions. Men from all walks of life, including birdwatchers and ornithologists, volunteered or were called to fight for their country and many died. Derek Niemann (Birds in a Cage, 2012) has described how John Barrett, John Buxton, Peter Conder and George Waterston made it through the Second World War, but almost nothing is known of other young ornithologists whose lives and careers were brought to a premature end in the two world wars…

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