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T.O. Backyard - Pre-holiday Season Mix Hello, thanks for returning to the Bird Canada blog and seeing what is happening in our neck of the woods here in Toronto, Ontario. It's actually been rather quiet at home with the birds. We can blame a Cooper's Hawk with near daily visits.
Red List 2019: Guam Rail second bird to recover from extinction in wild This year’s update to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species brings with it some fantastic conservation successes, including an almost unheard of incidence of a bird species coming back from extinction in the wild. But for other species, human threats are making it harder to stage a comeback.
15 Conservation Lessons from the Eastern Afromontane When CTPH first began working in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, there were very few female rangers, and men in the area did not believe women had the courage to chase gorillas away. Today, the number of female rangers has greatly increased.
Otmoor evening Did a couple of hours at Otmoor this afternoon / evening. The Starling roost was pretty impressive with a bit of murmuration too.
Mister Goldfinch I've not been out much this last week, mainly because of the dreadful weather. A couple of trips out proved fruitless in the way of birding, ringing or photographs. Andy and Sandra have just returned from sunny Morocco. I'm hoping they brought back sunny weather and she'll let him out to play soon.
Winter dregs It's been slim pickings recently. The best I could muster up at Beddington after a bit of window watching, a two hour session yesterday from the hides and two nights with the MV moth trap on was a dodgy Caspian Gull, a couple of Mottled Umbers, up to 5 December Moths and 2 Winter Moths.
Handa and seabirds on the chugga-chugga When I first went to the island of Handa on the northwest coast of Scotland we chugged across the narrow straits on a little, narrow boat. But there was no worry – the straits were calm and shelter…
Country diary: this elegant wader has become a local celebrity Nore Barn, Emsworth, Hampshire: Few spotted redshanks overwinter in Britain, so this bird has attracted a lot of attention.
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.
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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.
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