British Birds March 2018

Published on 01 March 2018 in Latest issues

BB eye Birding in a conflict zone: a 50-year perspective Richard Porter

Ranging behaviour of Northern Gannets Adult Northern Gannets from Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire, were fitted with satellite tags to investigate their ranging behaviour during chick rearing and the early post-breeding period. This study was carried out to establish whether there was overlap of areas used by Gannets with potential offshore wind energy development zones (OWEDZ) in the North Sea.

The UK Cirl Bunting population exceeds 1,000 pairs The latest full survey of breeding Cirl Buntings in the UK, in 2016, recorded an estimated 1,079 territories in 186 occupied tetrads. The UK population is still largely confined to south Devon but there is now a self-sustaining population of 65 pairs in south Cornwall, established through a reintroduction project. There is some evidence of natural recolonisation elsewhere in Devon and Cornwall.

Chestnut Bunting in Orkney: new to Britain A first-calendar-year male Chestnut Bunting was discovered on Papa Westray, Orkney, on 19th October 2015 and remained until 29th October. Following review by BBRC and BOURC, Chestnut Bunting was added to Category A of the British List. All previous British records of the species are believed to refer to escapes from captivity.

The BB/BTO Best Local Bird Atlas 2007–17 British Birds and the British Trust for Ornithology announce the winner of the award for Best Local Bird Atlas 2007–17. All local atlases and avifaunas published since November 2007 were eligible for consideration for this award.

Notes Wood Warbler ‘micro-sleep’; Dipper anting; The Hawfinch population in the Forest of Dean/Wye Valley; Feeding and migration behaviour of Lapland Buntings

Letters Chats eating lizards; Carrion-feeding by Barn Owls; Conservation priorities

Obituaries Ian Langford

Book reviews, News & comment, Recent reports and Tail piece complete the March issue.

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