British Birds March 2019

Published on 01 March 2019 in Latest issues

Population estimates of wintering waterbirds in Great Britain  This paper provides updated estimates of population size for wintering waterbirds in Great Britain using recent data and new analytical approaches for some species that use smaller inland waterbodies or the non-estuarine coast. Overwinter population estimates are presented for 98 species or populations. 

Eastern Orphean Warbler on the Isles of Scilly: new to Britain  On 12th October 2017, an Orphean Warbler Sylvia hortensis/S. crassirostris was discovered on St Agnes, Scilly. Eventually, the bird was identified as an Eastern Orphean Warbler S. crassirostris and it has been accepted as the first British record. 

Bird hunting in Europe: an analysis of bag figures and the potential impact on the conservation of threatened species  Official hunting statistics from 24 EU member states as well as Switzerland and Norway were collated. The results show a total annual hunting bag of at least 52 million birds. The bag figures for certain species, such as Common Pochard, Northern Lapwing, Turtle Dove and Skylark, remain high in proportion to their declining populations in Europe. Hunting pressures may be undermining conservation efforts undertaken for these species. 

BB eye  The shapes of birds’ eggs

Notes  Carrion Crow manipulating water taps for drinking and bathing; House Martin nesting indoors on a beam; Double-brooding and renesting in British Hawfinches

Letters  More on cow dung; R. M. Lockley, Manx Shearwater pioneer

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

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