A ‘Masked Wagtail’ at Camrose, Pembrokeshire, from 29th November to 26th December 2016 becomes as the first record of this taxon for Britain…

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The potential for confusion between dark-headed examples of ‘Grey-headed Wagtail’ Motacilla flava thunbergi and ‘Black-headed Wagtail’ M. f. feldegg is highlighted by a well-photographed bird on Cabrera…

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British Birds May 2020: summary of contents

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It wasn’t too many years ago that most birdwatchers regarded the species as an entirely stable unit of classification, something approaching a fixed state of being. In the past two decades, however, a steadily increasing number of studies in taxonomy…

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Records of White-billed Diver in the UK have increased since the 1990s. Most of this increase has occurred in Scotland…

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Two apparent records of Downy Woodpecker in Britain are described. These records have not been formally reassessed for more than a century…

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The behaviour of a pair of Common Kestrels using a nestbox on a farm in Hampshire was monitored throughout three breeding seasons, 2017–19…

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British Birds April 2020: summary of contents

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The Common Buzzard is a success story. It is an adaptable bird with a varied, flexible diet and, as persecution has become less of a problem, it has been able to take full advantage of our modern landscapes. It is Britain’s most abundant raptor and…

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Ringing of Common Chiffchaffs during three consecutive winters at a waste-water treatment works in south Devon revealed that the site supported a wintering population of at least 90 birds…

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