Until recently, the migration route and wintering areas of Red-necked Phalaropes breeding in Scotland was a matter of speculation…

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By John Headon, Martin Collinson and Martin Cade Abstract A Pale-legged Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus tenellipes was discovered dead after hitting a window at the lighthouse on St Agnes, Isles of Scilly, on 21st…

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This report summarises the non-passerine scarce migrant birds recorded in Britain in 2016. It was a record year for two species: Cattle Egret, with a remarkable total of 192 birds, and Green-winged Teal…

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British Birds August 2018, summary of contents

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It seems that every few weeks a bird species is announced as being ‘new’ to science. In some cases (such as the Gran Canaria Blue Chaffinch) this is simply achieved through the promotion of a well-known subspecies to full species status. By comparison, the discovery of a completely new species that has gone undetected is still quite rare…

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It’s the middle Friday in July and the British Birds newsletter has arrived; I reach down to pick the envelope off the doormat…

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The Long Spring takes us on a fragmented journey through Europe: from Spain in February to Norway in May, via France, the UK, Sweden and Finland. As he travels north, the author remains in a ‘perpetually incipient spring’, which is a nice idea, captured perfectly in these three words…

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The latest population model predicts that there could be as many as 275 breeding pairs of Common Cranes in the UK within 50 years…

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This is an attractive little book, copiously and nicely illustrated, and written in a cheerful and informal style. It sets out to explain the binomial system we use to name birds, and then to translate and explain scientific names and, to a lesser extent, their vernacular counterparts. Unfortunately, it rather falls down on these aims…

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If you are interested in what seabirds do and why they do it, as opposed to what they simply look like, then buy this book – you’ll have a very entertaining and informative read…

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