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Downloadable Birdwatch magazine index v5.03 - Excel 2007

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

This Stone-Curlew on Lanzarote belongs to the sedentary subspecies <em>insularum</em> - but is it a new cryptic Canarian endemic, along with the stone-curlews on the rest of the archipelago? Photo: James Lowen.

Stone-curlew to be split?

A genetic study of the four recognised subspecies of Stone-curlew has found the current classification inaccurate, and that the two forms on the Canary Islands may be a separate species.

Downloadable Birdwatch magazine main index v5.03 PDF - articles

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


Pigeon/dove with yellow legs

Hi, Spotted this yesterday in Hertfordshire. I have done a search but can't seem to find anything matching given the bright yellow legs. Funny as it sounds it has the markings of a male

RE: Sorry - no idea

Possibly a Blue Tit?

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Harewood village 28th March Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 29 Mar 2015

Harewood village 28th March Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 29 Mar 2015

Harewood village 25th March Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 26 Mar 2015

Latest News

Blackbird top of class in RSPB's Big Schools' Birdwatch

Posted: 29 Mar 2015
Blackbird is once again the most commonly recorded species in school playgrounds across the country, according to the results from this year's Big Schools' Birdwatch.

South Georgia fully baited for rats

Posted: 28 Mar 2015
The British Overseas Territory of South Georgia, a Globally important seabird sanctuary, is now ready to be freed from invasive rats, say conservationists.

An urgent condor moment

Posted: 27 Mar 2015
The World Land Trust is urgently calling for votes to help a conservation project win a grant of £25,000 and help save the endangered Andean Condor.

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.

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Spotted, Little and Baillon's Crake ID Quiz

Advanced Bird ID GuideClosing Date: 11 Apr 2015

HISTORY shows that, despite being reedbed denizens by nature, crakes can and do show up on even the smallest pond on occasion, so keeping an eye out for any rallid on your reedy local patch is a good idea.

With this in mind, you have seen a small crake-like bird peeking through the reeds on your morning circuit in spring. Is it the fairly common Water Rail (still a good ‘patch bird’ for many), or one of the more unusual species? Given your brief and partial views of the front end of the bird, is it that scarce passage migrant Spotted Crake on the way to its scattered breeding grounds, or either of the much rarer Little or Baillon’s Crakes?

Using the information gleaned from Andy Stoddart’s detailed advice in our ID photo guide in the April 2015 issue of Birdwatch, it’s time to make the call.

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