British Birds October 2016

Published on 09 October 2016 in Latest issues

1610-coverBB eye Goose legs and the internet, by Rob Hume

Report on rare birds in Great Britain in 2015

The 58th annual report of the British Birds Rarities Committee presents details of rare birds recorded in Britain in 2015. The report includes no fewer than five taxa new to Britain (four species and one distinctive race). Four of these were long-awaited but one – Chinese Pond Heron – has taken many by surprise. The inclusion of these four species takes the British List to 603 (the fifth new taxon, ‘Azorean Yellow-legged Gull’, does not add to the overall total).

The rarest species in this report include:

  • 1st Yelkouan Shearwater Puffinus yelkouan, Chinese Pond Heron Ardeola bacchus and Slaty-backed Gull Larus schistisagus
  • 1st & 2nd ‘Azorean Yellow-legged Gull’ Larus michahellis atlantis
  • 1st–10th Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii
  • 2nd Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias, Citril Finch Carduelis citrinella and Wilson’s Warbler Cardellina pusilla
  • 3rd Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica
  • 4th–6th Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  • 5th Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus and Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  • 5th–8th Moltoni’s Warbler Sylvia subalpina
  • 6th Fea’s Petrel Pterodroma feae, Thick-billed Warbler Iduna aedon and Cretzschmar’s Bunting Emberiza caesia

Conservation research news Egyptian Vultures and poison baits; veterinary drugs and vultures; ducks and poisoning from lead shot

Obituary John Parslow

Notes, Letters, Book reviews complete the October issue.

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