The Wiltshire Hawk Owl

Published on 17 June 2013 by in Notes

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BB readers who enjoyed various recent articles and correspondence about old records of Hawk Owls, and a report of one shot in Wiltshire sometime in the nineteenth century in particular, may be interested in a piece that has just appeared in Hobby, the Wiltshire bird report. This is reproduced here with kind permission of WOS and the authors

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Skylarks entering cars to avoid predators

Skylark entering cars to avoid predators …all three birds dived and approached us head-on at great speed. As I tried to keep up with the action through my binoculars I felt a slight impact on my shoulder. My wife then suddenly shouted, ‘it’s in the car, it’s in the car!’ I couldn’t believe my eyes when I looked down to see the Skylark cowering under the clutch pedal!

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Avocets feeding by upending

Published on 24 April 2013 by in Notes

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Avocets feeding by upending

On 26th April 2012 at Marquenterre, Somme estuary, northern France I saw a total of 12 Avocets Recurvirostra avosetta feeding by upending in shallow water in a brackish lagoon. When up-ending they completely submerged the front half of the body…

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On 4th June 2012, I observed a pair of Blue Tits carrying food into a nest site deep in a natural site in an apple tree…

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Upland Sandpiper perching on overhead wires

On 10th July 2012 I was driving between Lake McGregor and Frank Lake in Alberta, Canada, when a bird perched on overhead power lines caught my attention…

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An exceptional arrival of thrushes on the east coast of England in October 2012

On 22nd October 2012, an exceptional fall of thrushes and other migrants took place on the east coast of England. The two accounts presented here, one from Blakeney Point, the other from Spurn, give a flavour of the conditions and the numbers of birds involved…

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Common Buzzard falls victim to the cold

On 4th February 2012, in a public park in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, I discovered a dead first-winter Common Buzzard hanging upside down from a low branch of an Ash tree, approx. 1.5–2 m above the ground…

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Red-necked Phalaropes: top spinners or not?

I have observed Red-necked Phalaropes Phalaropus lobatus on a number of occasions in the UK and the Middle East (and twice in the Americas) and have always been surprised at how little spinning they actually do. Although not recorded systematically, I was conscious that a ‘spin’ was rarely more than a couple of turns, and most of the feeding carried out while swimming comprised rapid, alternate, sideways picks at the water surface for invertebrates…

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During the morning of 23rd November 2011, I was watching a sometimes elusive Hume’s Warbler feeding in Sycamore trees in Lowestoft, Suffolk. When often the bird moved off and was unseen, my attention was drawn to the food items it was eating…

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Sunbathing behaviour by Red-rumped Swallows

On 3rd June 2011 at the Acebouche Visitor Centre in the Coto Donana National Park, Andalucia, Spain, I observed and photographed a group of Red-rumped Swallows. The weather was fine and extremely hot…

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