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  1. MJB

    Which Barn Swallow subspecies have been confirmed in Australia?

    On visits to NT, I've seen vagrant (?) Barn Swallow at the Broome South Wastewater Treatment Plant, as did several Broome Bird Obs staff & guests, but have any subspecies been confirmed? Amongst the candidates might be erythrogaster, tytleri and gutturalis... MJB
  2. MJB

    Macqueen's Bustard (Asian Houbara) hunting in Pakistan

    A BBC reporter's account of the set-up in Pakistan: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-56419597 MJB
  3. MJB

    Rheas gone wild

    Rheas are running around a housing estate in Maple Cross, just northwest of Greater London. See https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-56535979 MJB
  4. MJB

    EU outlaws glue-trapping of birds in all EU countries

    Some good news! See https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56426707 MJB
  5. MJB

    Conservation in military areas & military assistance to conservation

    The latest issue of the UK Ministry of Defence Conservation journal Sanctuary Issue 49 is now downloadable at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/sanctuary One small success has been against illegal trapping on the UK Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus, coordinating efforts with the local...
  6. MJB

    OSME Online Summer Meeting 15 August 2020

    Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ornithological Society of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia has switched to an Online Meeting via Zoom. All are welcome. For details of how to register and how to use Zoom, please go to...
  7. MJB

    BBWF 2020 is cancelled

    I've just seen the round-robin from the BBWF Team announcing the cancellation of this year's Bird Fair. Inevitable, really. MJB:-C:-C:-C
  8. MJB

    Strange wagtail in Kuwait

    This image was taken by Abdullah Al Kaabi recently in Kuwait, who can't work out which species it is and who is amazed at what it's eating. At first glance, it could be a Grey Wagtail. MJB
  9. MJB

    Quantifying one downside of hunting

    In November 2019, an interesting statistic was published in https://www.ledauphine.com/ : En 20 ans, les chasseurs ont tué plus de 400 personnes (In 20 years, hunters have killed more than 400 people). The article is at...
  10. MJB

    IOC Diary

    In IOC Updates Diary: Jan 11 Revised classification of Oriolus species Jan 11 Revise sequence classification of Poecile species Anyone got an inkling of scope, here? MJB
  11. MJB

    Juvenile Fairy-wren species? Manguri Halt for Coober Pedy

    These images were taken from the train at Manguri Halt, Coober Pedy South Australia in October 2016, but I can't ID the species, perhaps because of the scruffy feather state. The relatively heavy bill may just be due to the juvenile growth stage, and does not seem typical for any fairy-wren, but...
  12. MJB

    Many migrant birds are becoming smaller

    This huge study has just been published: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-50661448 "Researchers analysed 70,716 specimens from 52 North American migratory bird species collected over 40 years. The birds had died after colliding with buildings in Chicago, Illinois. The authors say...
  13. MJB

    Conservation workers sentenced for spying

    From the BBC, information that conservation workers in Iran who used tracking cameras in rare mammal research have been sentenced as spies: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-50493501 MJB
  14. MJB

    IOC World List: website attack?

    When trying to get on to the IOC site at worldbirdnames dot org via my bookmark list, I was redirected to a 'business' site that seems to have taken it over. I then went in via Google and selected 'Updates' (draft 10.1) which worked fine, but when clicking on 'Home', the 'business' site once...
  15. MJB

    Francolinus francolinus

    Bonaparte 1856 described two subspecies of Black Francolin, asiae and henrici. Were they described together, or separately? Which has priority? Peter Boesman in Dutch Birding 41(2) describes vocal differences between eastern (approximately WP sensu novo) and Eastern (Asian) populations, but in...
  16. MJB

    Birds of the Middle East Arabic free app

    OSME have now completed the release of Birds of the Middle East in Arabic in Android and Apple versions, the first such wide-ranging on-line Field Guides in Arabic. You can read about and download the app at https://osme.org/content/arabic-app-birds-middle-east MJB
  17. MJB

    Meinertzhagen and ernesti

    The Eponym Dictionary of Birds attributes the subspecies name Oenanthe leucopyga ernesti as Meinertzhagen's 1930 tribute (?) to 'Ernest' Hartert. Given that I've only ever seen 'Ernst' Hartert in the literature, did Meinertzhagen anglicise the ssp name? The EPD also cites Kleinschmidt...
  18. MJB

    National Museum of Brazil destroyed by fire

    I know the Museum held many natural history specimens, but did this include invaluable bird specimen series, and if so, were they housed in the destroyed parts MJB?
  19. MJB

    Socotra: endemic species under threat?

    A short video about changes in Socotra, at peace despite war in mainland Yemen, where local concerns are expressed at current changes posing environmental threats. Frank Gardner features. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-middle-east-44924534/yemen-s-island-jewel-under-threat MJB
  20. MJB

    Raptor 'alliance' founders

    See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-42819660 MJB
  21. MJB

    Organised Crime and wildlife

    Not specifically related to birds, this article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/rhino_poaching details the efforts made by organised crime to take as much rhino horn from the wild as possible until there are no rhinos left. Then they'll move on to other things. However, as so many...
  22. MJB

    Guest blog by Richard Porter on Mark Avery's website - 2000+ views

    Richard Porter reminisces a little and gives his perspective on the people of the Turkey and the Middle East. The comments in response are worth reading. See: http://markavery.info/2017/07/13/guest-blog-osme-summer-days-richard-porter/ MJB
  23. MJB

    A Snapshot of Conservation History in the OSME Region

    Richard Porter, whose association with bird conservation in the Middle East began in the 1960s, has a guest blog on Mark Avery's website:http://markavery.info/2017/07/13/guest-blog-osme-summer-days-richard-porter/ MJB:t:
  24. MJB

    OSME Journal Sandgrouse availability on BHL

    All issues of Sandgrouse up to and including Volume 35 (2013) are available online via the Biodiversity Heritage Library website on www.biodiversitylibrary.org/ MJB
  25. MJB

    To the Top End & the Kimberley

    Peter Colston and I have planned a Darwin-to-Darwin 4x4 round trip from mid-August to late September this year. Pete has been to Oz numerous times, mostly long ago when he was the workhorse** on BMNH collecting expeditions some decades ago, but he's never been to the north. He worked in the...