Articles
Here you will find a wide range of birding related articles from various organisations, conservation bodies as well as individual accounts of rare bird finds and other interesting articles.
 
 
 
 
Book Review: A Year in British Wildlife   (Book of the Month)
Mark Ward walks us through a calendar year of wildlife-watching opportunities from around the British Isles. More here >
Written by:  (02 Jan 2019)
 
 
Annual Rarity Roundup 2018: Part 1   (Annual Rarity Review)
David Campbell looks back on the first half of the year. Highlights included American Bittern, Trindade Petrel, Audouin's Gull, as well as Snowy Owl and Rose-coloured Starling influxes. More here >
Written by:  (02 Jan 2019)
 
 
Robin hushed: Wind turbines are making songbirds change their tune   (Research)
Wind turbines are often criticised for their impact on wildlife, particularly larger birds, but their impacts on smaller birds are less well documented. More here >
Written by:  (23 Dec 2018)
 
 
Not Extinct: Stresemann's Bristlefront photographed in Brazil   (Conservation News)
Alexander Zaidan of Fundacao Biodiversitas photographed a female Stresemann's Bristlefront on Dec 12, re-confirming the species' existence. More here >
Written by:  (21 Dec 2018)
 
 
British List demotion for Norfolk Indigo Bunting   (British List)
After a review, the British Ornithologists' Union Records Committee (BOURC) has placed the following record in Category E. More here >
Written by:  (21 Dec 2018)
 
 
Finders-in-the-field: Dusky Thrush, Whalsay, Shetland   (Finders account)
Whilst on a walk with his dog, with a little gentle birdwatching and Birdtracking thrown in, Brian Marshall finds a Dusky Thrush. More here >
Written by:  (20 Dec 2018)
 
 
Merry Christmas from the RBA team   (News)
The RBA team would like to wish all our subscribers and supporters and friends a very Merry Christmas.
More here >
Written by:  (19 Dec 2018)
 
 
Weekly birding roundup 12 - 18 Dec   (12 Birds of Christmas)
Jon Dunn brings you his comprehensive roundup of the week's best birds from around Britain, Ireland and the Western Palearctic. More here >
Written by:  (19 Dec 2018)
 
 
Britain's best Nightingale site a step closer to being saved from development   (Conservation News)
Housing development plans around Lodge Hill scaled back from 2,000 to 500 houses following campaigns by the RSPB, Kent Wildlife Trust and other partner organisations. More here >
Written by:  (18 Dec 2018)
 
 
More 'heatwave' summers will affect animals   (Research)
A new study shows that overheated birds have smaller offspring, and that those that are born may have lower chances of survival. More here >
Written by:  (18 Dec 2018)
 
 
23 Andean Condors poisoned in Patagonia   (Wildlife crime)
This year alone, more than 90 condors have died in Argentina due to pesticide poisoning, the global population is just 7,000. More here >
Written by:  (18 Dec 2018)
 
 
Europe is losing its mountain birds   (Research)
New population data for European mountain birds shows the abundances of mountain-specialist birds has declined by as much as 10% in the 2000s. More here >
Written by:  (18 Dec 2018)
 
 
New to Britain: halimodendri Lesser Whitethroat   (British List)
The BOURC has announced that Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca halimodendri has been added to the British List. More here >
Written by:  (18 Dec 2018)
 
 
Finders-in-the-field: American Royal Tern, Anglesey, Dec 2018   (Finders account)
Tony White describes finding an American Royal Tern at Treath Dulas on Anglesey
More here >
Written by: Tony White,  (18 Dec 2018)
 
 
Common Cranes enjoy record breaking 2018   (Conservation News)
The Common Crane has continued to make a comeback after the latest survey revealed a record breaking 54 pairs across the UK in 2018, with the total population now believed to be more than 180 birds. More here >
Written by:  (14 Dec 2018)
 
 
Grouse moor regulation vital to end illegal killing of Scotland's raptors   (Wildlife crime)
A new report details the clear associations between the decline or absence of these birds in parts of Scotland's uplands, intensive grouse moor management and wildlife crime. More here >
Written by:  (14 Dec 2018)
 
 
Weekly birding roundup 5 - 11 Dec   (Weekly Roundup)
Jon Dunn brings you his comprehensive roundup of the week's best birds from around Britain, Ireland and the Western Palearctic. More here >
Written by:  (12 Dec 2018)
 
 
Hummingbirds thrive in innovative Mexico gardens   (Conservation News)
Launched in 2014, the project now has five gardens around the Mexico City metropolitan area, and has inspired private citizens to create dozens of others. More here >
Written by:  (12 Dec 2018)
 
 
Antarctic fauna threatened by human-spread pathogens in polar latitudes   (Research)
A new study reveals the fragility of polar ecosystems and warns about the risk of massive deaths and extinctions of local fauna populations due to pathogens. More here >
Written by:  (12 Dec 2018)
 
 
Butterfly expands range and sets up in Scottish cities   (Conservation News)
A butterfly once restricted to a small part of Scotland is making a comeback by expanding its range in the countryside and moving into cities like Edinburgh and more recently, Aberdeen More here >
Written by:  (12 Dec 2018)
 
 
RSPCA renews calls for balloon release ban after gull dies in Derbyshire   (Press report)
A European Herring Gull has died after becoming entangled in a deflated balloon, prompting calls once again from the RSPCA for balloon and sky lantern releases to be banned. More here >
Written by:  (12 Dec 2018)
 
 
First ever breeding Bitterns on Isle of Wight confirmed   (Conservation News)
The RSPB are confident that the secretive birds successfully bred at the newly restored wetland, making this the first ever Bittern breeding record for the Isle of Wight. More here >
Written by:  (12 Dec 2018)
 
 
Two owls found shot in Peak District   (Wildlife crime)
A Short-eared and Tawny Owl were found within a 3-week period in the northern 'Dark Peak' - a notorious raptor persecution hotspot. More here >
Written by:  (12 Dec 2018)
 
 
Massive wild bird seizures reflect soaring pressure on Sumatran birds   (Wildlife crime)
The seizure of over 8,000 birds from three incidents over a 10-day period points to large-scale extraction from the wilds of Sumatra, to feed Indonesia's demand for caged birds. More here >
Written by:  (12 Dec 2018)
 
 
New report finds a third of Welsh birds are declining   (Conservation News)
State of Birds in Wales 2018 also highlights crucial role citizen science plays in saving our species from extinction. More here >
Written by:  (05 Dec 2018)
 
 
Norfolk gets it's first Birdfair   (News)
A team of nature and conservation experts are coming together to host a brand new bird and wildlife fair showcasing why Norfolk is renowned as 'the birdwatching capital of Britain. More here >
Written by:  (05 Dec 2018)
 
 
Birding Heaven and Hell: the ultimate trek for the Seram Thrush   (Personal Account)
John Gregory and Ashley Banwell trekked a gruelling 80kms in 5 days in search of one of the most elusive birds in the world. More here >
Written by:  (05 Dec 2018)
 
 
Weekly birding roundup 28 Nov - 4 Dec   (Weekly Roundup)
Jon Dunn brings you his comprehensive roundup of the week's best birds from around Britain, Ireland and the Western Palearctic. More here >
Written by: Jon Dunn (05 Dec 2018)
 
 
Buzzard and Hobby killed on the Isle of Wight: Police appeal for information nine months later   (Wildlife crime)
Hampshire police have launched an appeal for information after a Buzzard and Hobby were killed on the Isle of Wight. More here >
Written by: RBA (05 Dec 2018)
 
 
Sparrows thriving in Scotland   (Conservation News)
The latest report from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) shows that the House Sparrow is doing very well in Scotland. More here >
Written by: BTO (05 Dec 2018)
 
 
Waders in decline in Strathallan, Scotland   (Conservation News)
Over the period of 1990-2015 Oystercatchers showed the greatest proportional decline with the breeding population falling by 95%. More here >
Written by: BTO (05 Dec 2018)
 
 
Great apes and ravens plan without thinking   (Research)
The new study "What can associative learning do for planning?" rejects the idea that ravens and great apes have human-like planning capacities. More here >
Written by: RBA (03 Dec 2018)
 
 
Hunting of Greenland White-fronted Geese in England and Wales finally banned   (Conservation News)
The WWT welcomes decisions by the UK and Welsh governments to end the hunting of Greenland White-fronted Geese. More here >
Written by: WWT (03 Dec 2018)
 
 
Book review: How to Be an Urban Birder    (Book review)
Andy Stoddart reviews the latest title from David Lindo. in which he tells you everything you need to know about birds and birding in and around towns and cities in the UK. More here >
Written by: Andy Stoddart (30 Nov 2018)
 
 
Weekly birding round-up 21 - 27 Nov   (Weekly Roundup)
Jon Dunn brings you his comprehensive roundup of the week's best birds from around Britain, Ireland and the Western Palearctic. More here >
Written by: Jon Dunn (28 Nov 2018)
 
 
Captive-breeding will not save wild Asian Houbara without regulation of hunting   (Conservation News)
A new study finds that trying to stabilise populations solely through captive breeding will require the release of such large numbers it will compromise wild populations. More here >
Written by: RBA (27 Nov 2018)
 
 
Northern Bald Ibis no longer Critically Endangered   (Conservation News)
Northern Bald Ibis has moved from Critically Endangered - the highest threat category - to Endangered on the latest IUCN Red List.
More here >
Written by: BirdLife (27 Nov 2018)
 
 
When good looks alone are not enough to win a mate   (Research)
Females birds-of-paradise evaluate not only how attractive the male is, but also how well he sings and dances.
More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (27 Nov 2018)
 
 
White-browed Shortwing is not 1 but 4 species   (Research)
Scientists analysis of DNA, plumages, structure, songs and geographical distributions to come to their conclusions.
More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (27 Nov 2018)
 
 
A win for Barnacle Geese   (Conservation News)
A proposal to downgrade protection of Barnacle Geese which would make it widely legal to kill them has been rejected.
More here >
Written by: WWT (27 Nov 2018)
 
 
2,300 vultures poisoned in Balkan Peninsula in last 20 years   (Wildlife crime)
The authors of a new study put a conservative estimate of over 2,300 vultures poisoned vultures in the Balkan Peninsula since 1998. More here >
Written by: VCF (27 Nov 2018)
 
 
Britain's best birdnews team just got better   (News)
We are delighted to announce that we have recruited Surrey based birder David Campbell as the newest member of the RBA birdnews team. More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (23 Nov 2018)
 
 
Weekly birding round-up 14 - 20 Nov   (Weekly Roundup)
Jon Dunn brings you his comprehensive take on the week's best birds from Britain, Ireland and the Western Palearctic, with the re-appearance of the Mourning Dove, wagtails, swifts and much more. More here >
Written by: Jon Dunn (21 Nov 2018)
 
 
Stress in early life has a lasting impact on male birds' song   (Research)
Male songbirds that had better early life conditions as nestlings sing more often and produce more complex songs as adults. More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (16 Nov 2018)
 
 
Conservation areas help birdlife adapt   (Research)
These areas help northern bird species maintain their abundances on the southern boundary of their current area of distribution. More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (16 Nov 2018)
 
 
Oil drilling plans off Portuguese coast stopped after NGOs' legal action   (Conservation News)
Drilling for oil and gas in the region would also pose risks for the migratory seabirds that use the area as a flyway, such as the threatened Balearic Shearwater. More here >
Written by: BirdLife (16 Nov 2018)
 
 
Songbirds set long-distance migration record   (Research)
Researchers have studied flight routes to determine how far willow warblers migrate in the autumn.
More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (16 Nov 2018)
 
 
It's not trails that disturb forest birds, but the people on them   (Research)
The physical presence of trails has less impact on forest birds than how frequently the trails are used by people, finds a new study. More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (16 Nov 2018)
 
 
Decline in shorebirds linked to climate change, experts warn   (Research)
Climate change could be responsible for a substantial decline in populations of shorebirds, say researchers at the University of Bath. More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (16 Nov 2018)
 
 
Nearly half of Endangered species' last refuges unprotected    (Conservation News)
The Alliance for Zero Extinction has mapped 1,483 highly threatened species that are found only at a single site. More here >
Written by: BirdLife (16 Nov 2018)
 
 
Weekly birding round-up 7 - 13 Nov   (Weekly Roundup)
Jon Dunn brings you his comprehensive take on the week's best birds from Britain, Ireland and the Western Palearctic, and it was swifts which grab the headlines this week. More here >
Written by: Jon Dunn (14 Nov 2018)
 
 
Shipment of illegally killed birds discovered in Slovenia   (Wildlife crime)
The 15 seized boxes, bound for Italy, were revealed to contain a staggering 1349 dead birds, and included 13 separate protected species. More here >
Written by: BirdLife (13 Nov 2018)
 
 
Pied Wheatear, Meols, Wirral - A county first   (Finders account)
Allan Conlin describes his part in the identification of Wirral's first Pied Wheatear.
More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (13 Nov 2018)
 
 
Storm Petrel breeds on Shiant Isles for first time   (Conservation News)
A European Storm Petrel chick has been recorded calling on the Shiant Isles, the first known breeding of these seabirds on the islands. More here >
Written by: RSPB (09 Nov 2018)
 
 
EU funded project saving UK Little Terns   (Conservation News)
The UK's second rarest breeding seabird, the Little Tern, has benefited from nest site protection at vulnerable beach sites. More here >
Written by:  (08 Nov 2018)
 
 
Weekly birding round-up 31 Oct - 05 Nov   (Weekly Roundup)
Jon Dunn brings you his comprehensive take on the week's best birds from Britain, Ireland and the Western Palearctic, including yet another frustrating chapter in Tengmalm's Owl history. More here >
Written by: Jon Dunn (07 Nov 2018)
 
 
'Message in a bottle' bird found by friend over 3000 miles away   (Conservation News)
A Spoon-billed Sandpiper reared by a WWT conservationist in Russia was sighted by a friend in China just weeks later. More here >
Written by: WWT (07 Nov 2018)
 
 
Mystery of the 'bird from Atlantis' solved   (Research)
Researchers have now shown that the ancestors of the Inaccessible Island Rail flew to Inaccessible Island from South America about 1.5 million years ago. More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (06 Nov 2018)
 
 
Irish Roseate Terns help sustain British colony   (Conservation News)
Scientists have found that the growth of the Roseate Tern population on Coquet Island has been supported for over 20 years by birds moving from Rockabill in Ireland. More here >
Written by: RSPB (06 Nov 2018)
 
 
Missing - presumed killed: Four Hen Harriers disappear on Scottish grouse moors   (Wildlife crime)
RSPB Scotland is appealing for information following the suspicious disappearance of four satellite tagged Hen Harriers over the last 10 weeks. More here >
Written by: RSPB (06 Nov 2018)
 
 
Weekly birding round-up 24 - 30 Oct   (Weekly Roundup)
Jon Dunn rounds up another exciting week of birds with highlights incl Ireland's first Taiga Flycatcher, a male Siberian Rubythroat on Fair Isle, superb east coast sea-watching plus all the best from around the Western Palearctic. More here >
Written by: Jon Dunn (31 Oct 2018)
 
 
How the world's fastest muscle created four unique bird species   (Research)
The tiny muscle doing the heavy lifting is also the reason this bearded manakins have evolved into four distinct species.
More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (31 Oct 2018)
 
 
Ground-breaking project gets green light on Orkney   (Conservation News)
Major project to safeguard Orkney's internationally important native wildlife wins National Lottery and LIFE support
More here >
Written by: RSPB (31 Oct 2018)
 
 
New Singapore IBA to protect globally threatened birds   (Conservation News)
The recognition of the new IBA will benefit globally threatened birds such as the Chinese Egret and Straw-headed Bulbul.
More here >
Written by: BirdLife (31 Oct 2018)
 
 
RSPB Lake District nature reserve awarded grant for woodland creation   (Conservation News)
The RSPB has been awarded a grant of more than £2,000 by the Lake District Foundation to help create new woodlands at Haweswater.
More here >
Written by: RSPB (31 Oct 2018)
 
 
Weekly birding round-up 17 - 23 Oct   (Weekly Roundup)
Jon Dunn rounds up another exciting week of birds with highlights including Ireland's first Veery, the lingering Grey Catbird in Cornwall and the first Blue Grosbeak for the Western Palearctic. More here >
Written by: Jon Dunn (24 Oct 2018)
 
 
The Wren: A Biography   (Book Of The Week)
By Stephen Moss, With beautiful illustrations throughout, this captivating year-in-the-life biography reveals the hidden secrets of this fascinating bird that is lives right on our doorstep. More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (24 Oct 2018)
 
 
Rote Leaf-warbler - a new phylloscopus species   (Conservation News)
The Rote Leaf-Warbler was newly described by a joint research team from NUS and the Indonesian Institute of Science.
More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (24 Oct 2018)
 
 
Albatross-eating mice responsible for two million fewer seabird chicks   (Conservation News)
Without action, the Tristan albatross is likely to be one of the next UK birds to go globally extinct.
More here >
Written by: RSPB (24 Oct 2018)
 
 
Getting to the root of long-term Tree Swallow declines   (Research)
Two new studies take a deep dive into the demographic factors behind declining populations of Tree Swallows. More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (24 Oct 2018)
 
 
Weekly birding round-up 10 - 16 Oct   (Weekly Roundup)
A week of blockers - one falls and a lucky few get one of their own, Jon Dunn rounds up an epic week in British, Irish and Western Palearctic birding. More here >
Written by: Jon Dunn (17 Oct 2018)
 
 
Aviaries Assembled: Homes for world's rarest duck ready ahead of release   (Conservation News)
Final preparations have been made ahead of plans to release the world's rarest duck, the Madagascar Pochard, into the wild this autumn. More here >
Written by: WWT (16 Oct 2018)
 
 
Optical illusion spooks raptors and could prevent bird strikes   (Research)
Researchers from the CNRS and Université de Rennes 1, in collaboration with Airbus, have designed a visual pattern that elicits long-term avoidance of high-risk areas by raptors. More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (16 Oct 2018)
 
 
UEA researchers to investigate mysterious hare deaths   (Conservation News)
Researchers at the University of East Anglia have joined forces with Norfolk and Suffolk Wildlife Trusts to investigate the cause of mysterious hare deaths in the region. More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (16 Oct 2018)
 
 
Corncrake remain vulnerable in Scotland   (Conservation News)
Corncrakes, one of the country's rarest breeding birds, remain vulnerable in Scotland with counts showing their numbers are largely static following recent declines from a high in 2014, RSPB Scotland has warned. More here >
Written by: RSPB (16 Oct 2018)
 
 
Buzzard found poisoned on North York Moors   (Wildlife crime)
The bird was discovered by a member of the public in January 2018, lying dead on top of a wall in a layby on the Kildale to Commondale road within the North York Moors National Park. More here >
Written by: RSPB (16 Oct 2018)
 
 
Prolific egg collector pleads guilty to charges   (Wildlife crime)
Most prolific egg collector in recent times took nearly 5,000 eggs, including those of rare and declining birds. More here >
Written by: RSPB (16 Oct 2018)
 
 
Weekly birding round-up 3 - 9 Oct   (Weekly Roundup)
Jon Dunn brings you his comprehensive take on the week's best birds from around Britain, Ireland and the Western Palearctic. More here >
Written by: Jon Dunn (11 Oct 2018)
 
 
Newly Discovered Hummingbird Already Critically Endangered   (Conservation News)
The Blue-throated Hillstar was only discovered in 2017 in the Ecuadorian Andes. More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (11 Oct 2018)
 
 
Fritillary recolonises after 50-year absence   (Conservation News)
One of Europe's most threatened butterflies has been discovered breeding on a site in Carmarthenshire where it has not been seen for more than 50 years.More here >
Written by: Butterfly Conservation (11 Oct 2018)
 
 
Location, location, location: how to reduce bird collisions   (Conservation News)
Wind energy has an incredibly green image. Yet placed in the wrong locations, wind turbines can harm birds and bats. More here >
Written by: BirdLife (11 Oct 2018)
 
 
Weekly birding round-up 26 Sept - 2 Oct   (Weekly Roundup)
Jon Dunn brings you his comprehensive take on the week's best birds from around Britain, Ireland and the Western Palearctic. More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (04 Oct 2018)
 
 
Finders-in-the-field: Beluga, Thames Estuary September 2018   (Finders account)
EXCLUSIVE to RBA - Dave Andrews describes making a truly incredible find in the Thames Estuary, which went on to make headlines around the world. More here >
Written by: Dave Andrews, Rare Bird Alert (04 Oct 2018)
 
 
Nighthawks' migration route tracked in search of clues to species' steep decline   (Research)
Scientists are tacking the enigmatic nighthawk which travels 20,000kms each year in its annual migration from north America to the Amazon rainforest in Brazil/ More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (04 Oct 2018)
 
 
Vital Argentinian marshlands under threat from dredging and clearing   (Research)
Valenzuela marsh, which we've identified as in Important Bird & Biodiversity Area (IBA) is being threatened by dredging and forest clearance. More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (04 Oct 2018)
 
 
Scientists develop new way to track Swift Parrots   (Research)
Researchers could be a step closer to saving the critically endangered Swift Parrot, after showing it's possible to predict where the parrots will settle to breed. More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (04 Oct 2018)
 
 
Lanzarote Pelagics and the Cadiz to Lanzarote Ferry. September 2018   (Personal Account)
Bob Flood describes being onboard two fantastic Lanzarote Pelagics trips plus seabirding from the Cadiz to Lanzarote ferry. More here >
Written by: Bob Flood (28 Sep 2018)
 
 
Improving "Silvopastures" for Bird Conservation   (Research)
New research shows that birds in silvopasture forage less efficiently than those in forest fragments but offers suggestions for how this habitat could be improved. More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (26 Sep 2018)
 
 
Weekly birding round-up 19 - 25 Sept   (Weekly Roundup)
Jon Dunn brings you his comprehensive take on the week's best birds from around Britain, Ireland and the Western Palearctic. More here >
Written by: Jon Dunn (26 Sep 2018)
 
 
Shot Red Kite 'like balloon bursting'   (Wildlife crime)
A Red Kite seen falling from the sky accompanied by the sound of gunshots is the latest in a series of concerning incidents involving birds of prey in the Peak District National Park. More here >
Written by: RSPB (21 Sep 2018)
 
 
Second rare Hen Harrier goes missing in Wales   (Wildlife crime)
It is the suspicious disappearance of a second satellite-tagged Hen Harrier near Wrexham within a six month period. More here >
Written by: RSPB (21 Sep 2018)
 
 
Newly identified African bird species already in trouble   (Conservation News)
The newly discovered Mountain Sooty Boubous may already be endangered due to pressure from agricultural development. More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (21 Sep 2018)
 
 
Weekly birding round-up 12 - 18 Sept   (Weekly Roundup)
Jon Dunn brings you his comprehensive take on the week's best birds from around Britain, Ireland and the Western Palearctic. More here >
Written by: Jon Dunn (19 Sep 2018)
 
 
Charity Raffle: Win an original Dusky Thrush watercolour   (Competition)
We are giving you the chance to win a stunning framed original watercolour by illustrator Ray Scally. Tickets are just £1 each and proceeds are donated to Spurn Bird Observatory. More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (19 Sep 2018)
 
 
Brian Field 1962 - 2018   (Personal Account)
Peter Aley remembers his friend and well known birder Brian Field who died recently. More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (19 Sep 2018)
 
 
Finders-in-the-field: Barolo Shearwater, South Uist   (Finders account)
John Kemp describes finding what would be, if accepted, Scotland's fifth ever Barolo Shearwater off South Uist. More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (19 Sep 2018)
 
 
Three young Hen Harriers have disappear in suspicious circumstances   (Conservation News)
All of the birds had been fitted with satellite tags as part of the RSPB's EU-funded Hen Harrier LIFE project. More here >
Written by: RSPB (19 Sep 2018)
 
 
Britain's Bitterns reach record high   (Conservation News)
The Bittern - which was on the brink of extinction in Britain 20 years ago - has enjoyed its best year since records began. More here >
Written by: RSPB (19 Sep 2018)
 
 
Head-turning violence helps tiny songbirds kill big prey   (Research)
New research says that shrikes use powerful beak-and-jaw motions to shake their victims vigorously, which cause injuries akin to whiplash. More here >
Written by: Rare Bird Alert (17 Sep 2018)
 
 
Weekly birding round-up 5 - 11 Sept   (Weekly Roundup)
Jon Dunn brings you his comprehensive take on the week's best birds from around Britain, Ireland and the Western Palearctic. More here >
Written by: Jon Dunn (12 Sep 2018)
 
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