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October itinerary: Stronsay, Orkney

Stronsay has been known as a migrant magnet to birders for decades, and is still mostly underwatched despite being relatively accessible for a small Orkney island. Stronsay is a vintage vagrant trap which has produced many rarities with few

October itinerary: Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland

The volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula is the prime autumn birding site in south-west Iceland, and is an extensive low-lying area of rocky coastline, sandy beaches and coastal pools. In the right weather conditions, it is one of the best places in Iceland

October itinerary: Redcar to Saltburn, North Yorkshire

The scenic coastline between Redcar and Saltburn extends for about 5.5 miles, and has habitats that include rocky and sandy foreshore, sand dunes, coastal fields and scrub, wooded valleys and open sea. The area between Redcar and Marske is known as


Diving duckling?

Hi all. Today I saw a solitary duckling going about its business and don't have a clue what it is. It's head was brown, shoulders/lower head light brown/beige, top part of body brown and bottom

RE: grey wagtail ?

Hi Dave Thanks alot for the reply. Much appreciated. Dominic

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Thornseat Delf 24th November Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 24 Nov 2014


Posted by andrew on 21 Nov 2014

This shot was taken from aboard Royal Caribbeans cruise ship Adventure of the Seas during…

Posted by Darren on 20 Nov 2014

Latest News

'Best' fishermen land big opportunity

Posted: 29 Nov 2014
Fishing boats which bring benefits to local communities and conserve British seas must be rewarded with more opportunities to fish, according to a new report.

Renewables are now Scotland's biggest source of energy

Posted: 28 Nov 2014
The news that renewables are now Scotland's largest source of power has been welcomed by the RSPB, country's biggest wildlife charity.

Swarovski Digiscoper of the Year winners revealed

Posted: 27 Nov 2014
The four winners in Swarovski’s prestigious photography competition have been announced in the December issue of Birdwatch, on sale now.

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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Buzzard ID Quiz

Frontiers in Birding by Martin Garner and friendsClosing Date: 13 Dec 2014

It’s a crisp winter’s morning, and you are birding a favourite patch of coastal grazing marsh. Scouring the open landscape with a scope, you quickly home in on a strikingly pale raptor alighting on a fencepost.

The bird has settled on its lookout perch, so you have some time – but can you clinch it? Clearly a Buteo on size, shape and ‘jizz’, it has the extensive pale areas typically associated with Rough-legged Buzzard. What’s more, BirdGuides has been buzzing with reports of this very scarce northern winterer in recent days. Can you identify with certainty, or is a pale Common Buzzard a real possibility?

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