British Birds, June 2016

Published on 01 June 2016 in Latest issues

BB June 16 coverBB eye The environment and Europe, by Andy Clements

The Hobby in Britain – a revised population estimate This paper summarises the evidence from atlas work and targeted survey work on the Hobby, which is used to suggest the parameters of a new population estimate for Britain of at least 3,000 pairs.

Thayer’s Gull in Essex: new to Britain An adult Thayer’s Gull at Pitsea Landfill, Essex, on 6th November 2010 is described and illustrated. This bird was eventually accepted as the first record of this taxon for Britain. Further records are discussed.

Twite in central England The small population in the Derbyshire Peak District now appears separated from the birds in the Pennines, at least in the breeding season. This paper reviews what is known about the Derbyshire population, both historically and currently.

Ptarmigan in the English Lake District Did Ptarmigan occur in the English Lake District in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries? Robin Sellers re-examines the evidence.

Rarities Committee News

Notes Numbers of Balearic Shearwaters passing through west Lyme Bay, Devon, in 2006–2015; Foraging and feeding habits of Audouin’s Gulls in the Balearic Islands; Iris colour of Green Woodpecker; Stonechat post-breeding groups in north Norfolk

Letters Early field guides

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

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