Thursday, 24 March 2011

Something about Bird Observatories

This is a bit of a shameless plug for everyone to pay a spring visit to a Bird Observatory, but then if you never have you don't know what you've been missing! We have just added Portland as our 'Featured Site', so do go and have a look at what this gem has to offer. But other Obs happenings today have included the ringing of a Short-toed Treecreeper at Landguard BO (Suffolk).

This is the first record for Suffolk and there has only been one record further north, at Hornsea Mere (East Yorkshire) in 1970. The first was at Dungeness BO back in 1969 and since then the Obs has hosted no fewer than 12 of the 24 records, including two together on 7th October 1978. Of the others, three have been ringed at Sandwich Bay BO (Kent) and two have been ringed on Portland (Dorset). This is an incredible run of records, but is testimony to the ringing effort at the Observatories. Pre-2000, 16 of the 20 records were of birds caught for ringing, though interestingly the last four records have all been field sightings.

So there must be more out there somewhere, so get out your copy of Svensson, gen up on wing bars and alula patterns and get yourself to a southeast Bird Observatory.

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