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Downloadable Birdwatch magazine index v5.06 - Excel 2007

A fully downloadable and searchable Excel index of Birdwatch articles, photos, features and stories from 2001 up to the June 2015 issue. This version requires Excel 2007 and offers the best functionality.

Downloadable Birdwatch magazine main index v5.06 PDF - articles

A downloadable PDF index of Birdwatch articles, features and stories from 2001 up to the June 2015 issue.

This Hume’s Owl photographed in Israel in 2011 is now a new species, after the type specimen was found to be closer to ‘Omani Owl’. Photo: Rony Livne.

Desert owls get complicated

Examining the type specimen of Hume’s Owl, a study has found that all known specimens except the type – that is, the first one from which the species was named – differ enough it to be described as a new species.


RE: Cormorant or Shag?

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I like Magpies, and I am interested to know how what percentage of birders share my views.

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Show off your latest sightings in the photo gallery, simply register for a free account and you can start uploading your photos straight away. Here are a few of the latest gallery additions.

Hornsea Mere 2nd August Sony A200 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 04 Aug 2015

Hornsea Mere 2nd August Sony A200 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 04 Aug 2015

Hornsea Mere 2nd August Sony A200 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 04 Aug 2015

Latest News

Hunting body lashes out at RSPB

Posted: 04 Aug 2015
The RSPB has responded to the latest criticism from You Forgot The Birds (YFTB), refuting allegations made by the shooting industry funded website, fronted by hunting estate owner Ian Botham.

Bee-eaters breeding in Cumbria

Posted: 03 Aug 2015
The RSPB has announced the exciting news that two pairs of European Bee-eater are breeding near Brampton, Cumbria.

Bookshop news

Posted: 03 Aug 2015
Birdwatch Bookshop is moving home, providing a faster ordering system in the process.

BirdGuides BirdMap

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Want to know what’s about? This map shows today's rare and scarce birds in Britain and Ireland; the larger the square, the rarer the species. First reports are shown in grey.

Click here or on the map to see a larger version showing today's sightings. For details of species and county, move your mouse over any square and check the pop-up 'tool-tip' (and/or, depending on the browser, the status bar at the bottom of your browser window). On the BirdGuides websiteBird News Extra subscribers can also see the site name, and can access further details by clicking on any square; they can also view BirdMaps from previous days.

For more information on BirdGuides bird news services, see


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Wader ID quiz

The Urban BirderClosing Date: 08 Aug 2015

SCOPING the scrape while visiting a coastal reserve during the first wave of wader migration, you note a small brownish calidrid with a slightly decurved bill. Dunlin is the most likely, but there is always the potential for it to be one of the scarcer or rarer species.

You try to age the bird first, before fully addressing its species, and begin to assess the streaking, distribution of colour, proportions and shape and length of bill, before you come to conclusion. Having digested the information in Andy Stoddart's ID photo guide in the August edition of Birdwatch, let us know which species this mystery bird is.

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