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Fine Focus: A quick dip into Dippers Just after watching a couple of Dippers on a river in the Pre-Pyrenees of Huesca, while on a Winter Wallcreeper Tour Erica asked: "What subspecies of White-throated Dipper do you get in Spain?" We answered: The taxonomy of the White-throated Dipper in Spain is very complex.

The race to save the Santa Cruz Ground-dove When a hundred Endangered doves were illegally captured from the wild, conservationists rushed to liberate them. But where do you release a bird when its last wild refuge is a dangerous active volcano? BirdLife’s Nigel Collar recounts how the effort united the conservation world.

Lisbon Geese Videos Here's a couple of videos from my weekend in Lisbon from Xo Fred. Tundra Bean Goose - this was one of two Bea…

Laura's Birding Blog About Laura Ways to Help Blog Radio Writing Miscellany Search Birds I started writing this at 10 am after my cataract surgery this morning. Vision in my right eye is very blurry, but I'm not having any trouble seeing my computer with my dominant, left eye.

Wallasea Island I made yet another trip down to Wallasea Island today and wasn't disappointed as at least six Short-eared Owls, two Hen Harriers, a pair of Marsh Harriers, a Merlin and a couple of Great Egrets all showed well from about 1.20pm until the light dropped around 3.30pm.

Staines Pain I planned a days birding today and when news broke of a Red-necked Grebe at Staines yesterday I decided to opt for a local twitch. I dipped - despite the bird being reported this morning.

Country diary: smelly berries are off the menu even for hungry fieldfares Wolsingham, Weardale: Haws make a feast for birds that give the scarlet fruits of the guelder rose a wide berth.

Will the Green Deal be a good deal for nature? The newly appointed European Commission has already done what no Commission has done before - not only admitting that we face an existential ecological threat, but putting the ecological transition we need at the top of its priorities.

The greatest threats facing Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas today The threats facing the world’s Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas are complex and varied. But thanks to improvements and innovations in monitoring over the past 40 years, we have a clearer picture than ever of the main issues – and the IBAs most at risk.

Bird Watching Blog - Tips, Events, News & More Our Bird Watching Blog will keep you up-to-date with all new additions to the web site including the latest birding news, events, tips, and more. Our site focuses on bird feeders, bird houses, choosing bird watching binoculars as well as general tips on attracting birds as well as identification.

300 up I finally made it across the line with my 300th bird of the year today after finding the Siberian Stonechat at Hollesley.

Caspian Gull returns to Snaresbrook News that the Caspian Gull had been seen on Eagle pond Snaresbrook during the week had me paying it a visit this morning. I've not seen the bird since 2017 so it nice to see it finally achieving adult plumage now in it's fourth year of life. Great to watch him today and to admire the change in plumage since my last encounter with him.

Extinction Rebellion, Beddington Farmlands Political Strategy Meeting, Tuesday 3rd December As Extinction Rebellion plan to shift attention from the public to polluters we are beginning to move the pieces in place locally. I am director of Little Oak Group, a small organisation for nature and people.

More Short eared Owls Yesterday I spent an afternoon at Burwell in Cambridgeshire watching the Owls. Only a couple of Owls were on view along with a pair of Marsh Harriers, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Common Buzzard and four Grey Partridge.

Beddington rounds A foggy start to the day, Nick and I covered 100 acre to the mound. Highlights included 2 Water Pipit, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Stonechat and 2 Wigeon. Ebird list HERE I am director of Little Oak Group, a small organisation for nature and people.

Thrush Time There was a heavy frost this morning with the temperature at minus 4C when I cleared the car windows but then struggled to open the frozen solid doors. At those temperatures I decided to give ringing a miss but stopped at Gulf Lane on the corner of the A588 to empty a bucket of seed and to count the Linnets ready for milder days.

Axe Birding It's been a hectic few work weeks for me, but with a gap in my diary yesterday morning I took the opportunity to take Dad to Axminster to see the lingering Whooper Swan, and then the Chard Reservoir female-type Smew. The Whooper Swan was the only swan in the field yesterday, whereas when I saw it here a week ago it was one of about twelve!

How one man changed a Christmas tradition forever - to save birds With whole families breaking away from the excesses of Christmas to take a welcome and refreshing walk in nature, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count has become a firm family tradition across the Americas and beyond, making it one of the longest-running wildlife censuses in the world.

Your life is profoundly meaningful It's quite simple, really. The matter in our universe is comprised of the same elements throughout. Proportions differ and it might be mixed together differently here and there, but it's the same stuff. Some of those mixes develop self-replication under certain conditions.

BirdCallsRadio Gives Thanks 2019 BirdCallsRadio Team and the Ocellated Turkey from Tikal, Guatemala are singing and wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and giving THANKS TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS! We are so grateful to each and every one of you in helping us be the best show and give a voice for and in the world for wild birds and conservation!

Patient of the Month: Laysan Albatross A Laysan Albatross that arrived into care at our San Francisco Bay-Delta Wildlife Center is our patient of the month. The bird was originally found at Marina State Beach and transferred to us by our friends at Monterey Bay SPCA. On arrival, the albatross was alarmingly underweight, very anemic, weak, and dehydrated.

Watching And Waiting With Nothing To Eat The last week has been another waiting game. Watching the weather forecast and waiting for the one day to come along that might allow a spot of ringing. Today was that day and although not ideal, a predicted 8mph meant a visit to Gulf Lane for Project Linnet might be in order.

A Surprise Present! THE NEW SWIFTALERT "BEST IN THE FIELD" RARE BIRD ALERT PAGER!: Today I received a beautiful present, a unique and exquisite piece of art. It was made by a very talented young lady called Lauren, who is the daughter of one of my lovely colleagues.

Birds: Ornithology and the Great Bird Artists, Continued. Before artists and naturalists knew much about ecology, they drew their pictures from specimens, not knowing much about them. So birds that inhabited different areas of the world, like a guinea fowl from Africa and parrots from South America were often pictured together.

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