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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.



Hello one and all, I very new to birdwatching and i kinda wanted to set up a hanging feeder in my garden just to get me more familiar with bird types and various binocular testing. What kind of

RE: please do my bird survey?

It's good post.Well done

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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.

Lound gravel pits 25th April Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 27 Apr 2015

Lound gravel pits 25th April Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 27 Apr 2015

Lound gravel pits 25th April Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 27 Apr 2015

Latest News

RSPB Scotland sets strict criteria for T in the Park festival

Posted: 27 Apr 2015
RSPB Scotland says that the T in the Park festival being held at Strathallan Castle, Perthshire, this July, can go ahead if it adheres to strict criteria to protect Ospreys.

Wetlands report highlights importance of Britain for waterbirds

Posted: 26 Apr 2015
Data collected by thousands of Wetland Bird Survey volunteers has just been published, showing the importance of the UK's wetlands for millions of wintering waterbirds.

Only 30 per cent of Britons have nest box

Posted: 25 Apr 2015
Less than a third of Britons have a nest box in their garden, despite the country’s bird populations declining so rapidly.

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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Bluethroat ID Quiz

Advanced Bird ID GuideClosing Date: 08 May 2015

KEEN to find your own Bluethroat in spring, you’re familiar with it in all its plumages and – even better – have boned up on vocalisations. Turning a corner on the boardwalk at your local wetland reserve, you hear a tell-tale song, raise your bins and – bingo! – there it is: a singing male Bluethroat.

Wait a minute, though – isn’t it supposed to have a white or a red spot on its throat? Try as you might, you can’t seem to see this feature. Using Andy Stoddart’s definitive guide to the species – to be found in our May 2015 issue – it should still be possible to identify this bird to form, even if the actual subspecies might be impossible. Going through the different subtle plumage features, you should eventually alight on the correct identification, though it might be tough going.

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