Avifaunas, Atlases & Authors: A Personal View of Local Ornithology in the United Kingdom, from the Earliest Times to 2019
Written by the author of Birds in Counties (2000), the book contains an account of the development of local ornithology, conforming with current recording areas, and including biographical details of authors. There is also a critical discussion of county atlases; an updated bibliography of local books and pamphlets; and listings of national and local journals.
Join Neil on a Birdfinders tour: to Lesvos (26th April-3rd May tbc) or Southern Spain: Coto Donana/Extremadura (4th-11th May tbc)
The Lesvos tour coincides with the peak migration season when many species arrive to breed on the island or pass through on the way to their breeding grounds. The island holds a number of specialities including Isabelline Wheatear, Kruper's Nuthatch, Olive Tree Warbler, Ruppell's Warbler and Cinereous Bunting. Other birds we should see include Long-legged Buzzard, Red-footed Falcon, Little Crake, White-winged Tern, European Scop's Owl, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Collared Flycatcher, Sombre Tit, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Black-headed Bunting plus herons/egrets, waders and a good chance of a few rarities. Depending on the conditions during the tour, it can be possible to see around 140-160 species.
Southern Spain has to be one of Europe's birding highlights and this tour is split between the Coto Donana area (a one hour drive SW of Seville) and the Trujillo area of Extremadura (a three hour drive N of Seville). We concentrate on wetland birds around the Coto Donana area - highlights here include White-headed Duck, Western Swamphen, Greater Flamingo plus various herons, egrets, waders, gulls and terns. We should also pick up a good selection of smaller birds including a variety of larks and warblers, and the localised Little Swift. In contrast, the area around Trujillo holds Little and Great Bustards, Bonelli's and Spanish Eagles, European Roller, Great Spotted Cuckoo and White-rumped Swift. Depending on the conditions during the tour, it can be possible to see around 150-170 species.
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Photo: small friendly groups...
Photo: ...and great birds (Little Bittern)...
Photo: ...on Lesvos and in Southern Spain (Hoopoe)
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