British Birds January 2018

Published on 02 January 2018 in Latest issues

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The Polish swan in Britain & Ireland A strikingly pale colour morph of the Mute Swan, commonly called the Polish swan, was first described over 170 years ago, yet is still not widely recognised by birdwatchers and no attempt has been made to establish its distribution and abundance in Britain & Ireland. Moss Taylor traces the historical status of the Polish swan and presents the results of a survey in 2016.

Great bird reserves: The Farne Islands The Farne Islands represent one of Britain’s most accessible and awe-inspiring nature reserves. As well as spectacular seabird colonies, the islands also have a reputation as one of the best migration sites along the east coast of Britain. David Steele describes the history and management of the islands, their importance to seabirds and research, and highlights some of the outstanding migrants recorded.

Red-footed Booby in Sussex: new to Britain A Red-footed Booby was found on the beach at St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, on 4th September 2016. It was in poor condition and taken into care by the RSPCA, where it made a good recovery. It was flown to Grand Cayman in the Caribbean for release but died in quarantine there. This is the first record of Red-footed Booby for Britain.

Letters The real conservation priorities? Waxwings stripping bark.

Notes Collared Doves feeding on food pellets in an urban feral cat shelter; Carrion-feeding by Barn Owls; Mock attacks by Peregrine Falcon on Common Raven and other species; Robin displaying at red flowers of Toad Lily

Obituaries Jimmy Steele

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

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