British Birds September 2019

Published on 01 September 2019 in Latest issues

Foraging and chick-provisioning ecology of Roseate Terns breeding at Rockabill, in Ireland  Rockabill, in Co. Dublin, supports the most important colony of Roseate Terns in Europe, testament to intense conservation effort over the last 30 years. This paper describes the first boat-based visual tracking of Roseate Terns from Rockabill and relates this to observations of chick provisioning at the colony. 

From the BBRC files: ‘Eastern Stonechats’ in Britain  This paper summarises the current knowledge of stonechat taxonomy, and the identification and British status of the three ‘Eastern Stonechat’ taxa that are known to have occurred here, with particular reference to the appearance of genetically sampled individuals in Britain and Europe. It also sets out BBRC’s approach to identifying and recording ‘Eastern Stonechats’.

Tracking data suggest that Oman’s Egyptian Vulture population is much larger than expected Twelve adult Egyptian Vultures, captured at a landfill near Muscat, Oman, in January 2018, were satellite tracked. The results suggest that the majority of Egyptian Vultures wintering in Oman are resident; and that the Omani population must greatly exceed the published estimate of 100 pairs. 

The Curlew summit  A meeting to discuss the pressing conservation issues surrounding breeding Curlews in the UK was held at No. 10 Downing Street on 8th July 2019. It was attended by representatives of conservation NGOs, game and landowning interests, as well as ornithologists closely involved with the Curlew.

Notes  Partner swapping between broods in the Northern Wheatear in consecutive years

BB eye, News & comment, Book reviews and Recent reports complete the September issue.

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