In May 2015, I discovered a singing male Iberian Chiffchaff on territory in the Nedd Valley, Gower. Some weeks later, I made a considerably more startling discovery…

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In autumn, most Siberian Accentors are possible to age in the hand. Differences in the pattern of juvenile and adult-type greater coverts are the most reliable feature for ageing…

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Autumn 2016 was arguably the best ever for Siberian vagrants in Britain but it will be remembered most for the unprecedented influx of Siberian Accentors…

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British Birds February 2018: summary of contents

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The British Birds Charitable Trust is again looking for applications from young people aged 16–21 for projects in 2018. Grants would be up to a maximum of £250 and in the first instance all that we need is an e-mail to…

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For older British birders the name of Arthur Singer may ring a bell. Perhaps without realising it, many birders in the 1970s and 1980s will have been familiar with his work, since he was the illustrator of the Hamlyn Guide to European Birds, first published in 1970…

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Identities

Book reviews // 23.01.2018

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It’s winter and ‘the’ local Great Grey Shrike is back – but is ‘the’ Great Grey Shrike really the same individual returning for its umpteenth winter, or are some sites simply more attractive to wintering shrikes than others?

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It is just five years since I reviewed the first edition of this book and I decided it was ‘…a superb work of ornithological scholarship which will surely become the standard point of first reference for years to come’. This new edition undoubtedly merits exactly the same judgement…

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Tim Cleeves is assured of a prominent place in the history of British ornithology thanks to an enigmatic shorebird. But his central role in the folklore of British birding was guaranteed long before he found the Druridge Bay curlew in May 1998…

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This book explores the eventful life of one of the great Victorian collectors and the often-elite communities within which he operated. Henry Dresser was born in 1838…

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