Monthly Archives: February 2013

New Owl Species and other breaking news

Rinjani Scops Owl (Otus jolandae) and other species new to science by José Luis Copete In the short period between 2012 and 2013, several new  species of owl have been described. A group of these, are splits of the Philippine Hawk … Continue reading

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Israel in Spring and Autumn

Wakefield RSPB – Thursday 28th Feb. Looking forward to speaking to the local RSPB group in Wakefield this Thursday. Full info here– all welcome!

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Mile High Club

Reading Club that is… Now in every seat on every SAS flight around the world you can read about Arctic Norway (in their in-flight mag) and see great pics of birds plus a couple of dodgy looking characters… What a hoot! Nice job … Continue reading

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Bearded Tits. Hyde Park, London

Cute, Close n Confidin’ Arriving via train from the north on 6th Feb 2013, I disembarked at Hyde Park Corner and entered Hyde Park. Knowing there had been some remarkable confiding Bearded Tits in the centre of London I rang the fount of all… Mr Tom … Continue reading

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Possible Slaty-backed Gull in Connecticut?

The 1st Winter Challenge Julian Hough has been in touch and is welcoming informed comment on this first winter (2cy) gull. It’s an interesting realm, given only adult Slaty-backs have been identified in Europe. While expected, the trickier first winters are more likely to get overlooked. This bird … Continue reading

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Dark-breasted Barn Owl I.D.

and the East Sussex bird Stunning ‘darkish’ Barn Owl. Southease, East Sussex, Feb.2013. All photos, same bird by Michael Southcott. The reported Dark-breasted Barn Owl  at Southease, East Sussex this month drew Michael Southcott to visit and take some beautiful photos. Sharp-looking bird! He got … Continue reading

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The Hebridean Hedge Sparrow

Irish, Scottish and British Dunnocks by Martin Love those English bird names in ‘The Handbook’. Credit to  Meinertzhagen also whose deeds of  infamy are usually more familiar. He catalogued the different Dunnocks of the Outer Hebrides and the Handbook records ‘Birds … Continue reading

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Ring-necked Parakeet

Hand feeding – literally! by Martin This is my hand and a bird with monster chomping mandibles trying to see if it’s edible. It isn’t. I’m in Hyde Park on Feb 4th prior to an evening gig with the London Bird Club. The photo … Continue reading

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Is this a Whistling Swan?

By Terry China doesn’t yet have a rarities committee.  That will come as birding becomes more popular.  And so, for the time being, there is no formal way to assess reports of unusual birds.  I am therefore inviting readers of … Continue reading

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