British Birds February 2016

Published on 02 February 2016 in Latest issues

Feb 16 coverBB eye When the fox preaches, take care of your geese: the urgent need for international collaboration to manage migratory geese.

The past, current and potential status of breeding Hen Harriers in North-east Scotland The Hen Harrier recolonised North-east Scotland in the 1940s and expanded its population and range into the 1990s. Coordinated survey and monitoring during 1980-2014, together with supplementary records, identified 118 discrete breeding areas. The vast majority were on moorland managed for Red Grouse shooting. Peak numbers of at least 28 breeding pairs in the 1990s declined steadily to just 1-5 pairs in 2010-14. Illegal persecution and grouse-management practices are believed to be the main causes of that decline, which occurred despite ample suitable habitat and prey.

Report on scarce migrant birds in Britain in 2013: passerines This report presents data on the scarce passerine migrants recorded in Britain during 2013. It was a record year for three of the species concerned: Red-backed Shrike, Yellow-browed Warbler and Little Bunting. Among the species doing poorly were Aquatic Warbler and Tawny Pipit, with just one and four accepted records respectively, two species that were readmitted to the BBRC fold from the start of 2015.

Obituary Norman Moore

Letters Boxing clever – the value of nestboxes to bird conservation; Light pollution; Field guides; Bird literature in other languages

Notes Whooper Swan associating with breeding Mute Swans; Backyard Tysties; Turtle Dove mobbed by Meadow Pipits and Jackdaws; Eurasian Jay’s mimicry of Tawny Owl to deter Carrion Crow; Male Blackbird brooding young; Common Chaffinch feeding young House Sparrows

Book reviews, Recent reports and News & comment complete the February issue.

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