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Spoon-billed sandpipers, good news and bad news.

Posted Monday 22nd April 2013 at 22:37 by Rick and Elis
Bangladesh is one of the most important wintering areas for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Sonadia Island is foremost among the national wintering sites for this species there.
The good news is that there has been an on-going project at Sonadia since 2009 aimed at stopping the subsistence hunting which was considered a major threat to the Spoon-billed Sandpipers. It has been largely successful with most if not all hunters being equipped and trained to earn a living in a more sustainable way....
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In search of a Kingfisher

Posted Saturday 20th April 2013 at 20:23 by snakybat
Updated Sunday 21st April 2013 at 13:23 by snakybat
Went to Leighton Moss today in search of a Kingfisher for my youngest daughter.
Saw a gorgeous pair of Bullfinchs at the feeding station and then on to the public hide. On the way there we saw a really brave Coal Tit collecting wool caught in a fence about a metre from where we stood on the path. We also saw a lovely Wren in a tree.
From the Public hide we saw Great Crested Grebe and a pair of Marsh Harriers. We then walked back and drove to the other site where we saw Avocet, Shoveler,...
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Northern Lapwings in decline.

Posted Saturday 20th April 2013 at 10:20 by Rick and Elis
On the first day of Wader Quest we had expected that the first bird we would see would be Northern Lapwing. After all we were about to drive for a couple of hours through the early winter British countryside passing through the fens on the way to Norfolk.
I was amazed and disappointed that we didn't see one, not least because it was a picture of a lapwing that got me into birding in the first place (Horrible plug now), for full story see Chapter 1 Confessions of a Bird Guide my new book.)...
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Do Birds Fly In Cloud Part 2

Posted Friday 19th April 2013 at 22:42 by Seashore
The second part of "Do Birds Fly In Cloud" is on my blog at

http://topbirdsandeveryfing.typepad....rds-everyfing/

It's about birds, clouds and bird strikes.

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We've moved! And this year's Nest Watch

Posted Thursday 18th April 2013 at 01:52 by Urban Birder McAllen
This year we are currently watching the following nests for CorneLabs Nest watch:

Yellow-crested Night Heron (possible 4-5)
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (2)

A new addition to our nest watch list is the Western Screech Owl.

Follow us on our new blog at

http://urbanbirdermcallen.wordpress.com/

to see how our babies fare.
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