Sunning in sub-Saharan Africa

01 April 2021
Comments Notes On 13th March 2020, CRB and JO observed a White Wagtail Motacilla alba sunning at Tanji Beach, The Gambia. At 11.55 GMT, a brightly marked White Wagtail landed on a sandy beach, walked towards the debris line without feeding and abruptly lay on ...
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Monthly marathon

01 January 1992
Comments Other October's fast-departing barred bird (plate 231) was named as: Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus (84%) Saker.F. cherrug (8%) Kestrel F. tinnunculus (4%) Hawk Owl Surnia ulula (3%), with fewer votes for Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus, Spa...
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Notes

01 June 1990
Comments Notes Alpine Swift 'playing' with piece of paper. At 10.00 GMT on 20th June 1985, in sunny conditions with little wind at Les Baux, France, I watched several Alpine Swifts Apus melba with Swifts A. apus feeding 100-200 m up in the vicinity of the old village...
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Letters

01 November 1976
Comments Letters The Coto Doñana In 'News and comment' in April 1966 (Brit. Birds, 59: 163-164), it was announced that H. E. Axell, then warden of Minsmere, Suffolk, had been seconded for two months by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to the reser...
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Notes

01 February 1975
Comments Notes Breeding success of Red-throated Divers on Fetlar At the beginning of May 1971 I arrived on Fetlar, Shetland, to take up the post of summer warden on the bird reserve. Soon after, I became interested in the breeding Red-throated Divers Gavia st...
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Notes

01 April 1973
Comments Notes Arctic Skuas repeatedly chasing passerines On 24th and 25th July 1971, a weekend of rough, wet weather, I noted eleven and 38 Arctic Skuas Stercorarius parasiticus respectively at Aberlady Bay, East Lothian. They were continually chasing Kittiw...
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