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Old Monday 3rd August 2020, 18:35   #1
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Good News!

There has been quite a bit of good news with regards to some breeding birds in Britain:-

1. Cattle Egrets have bred in Sussex and Norfolk this year for the first time. In Sussex I believe quite a few pairs bred and they are not too far from where they bred in Hampshire last year. Could be same birds moving or could be a new lot hopefully.

2. 3 pairs of Great White Egrets have bred at Holkham, Norfolk raising 6 young. I knew they bred somewhere in Norfolk in 2017 but thought that was a one off. They are expanding here.

3. Common Cranes breeding in Lincolnshire. The first time in 400 years?

4. Black Winged Stilts breeding at WWT Stear Marshes in Somerset - the most western record ever.

5. Pallid Harrier have bred in France at a place not that far form the English Channel. I know it is not the UK but it is not that far and still an excellent record!

Have I missed anything ?
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First ever Savi's Warblers bred in Wales.
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Old Sunday 9th August 2020, 16:01   #4
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Apparently Zitting Cisticola have bred at Alderney ?
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Cattle Egrets have bred at a second location in Essex this year - Abberton reservoir.
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Old Monday 24th August 2020, 23:46   #6
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There has been quite a bit of good news with regards to some breeding birds in Britain:-



Have I missed anything ?
Red-back Shrike in Scotland - pair with nestlings
Marsh Warblers - Foula
Purple Heron nested again at Dungeness (no updates)
Spoonbills also did well this year.

Sign of the warming times.
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Apparently Zitting Cisticola have bred at Alderney ?
interesting. always had these down as a possible colonist akin to Cetti's but despite how common they are across the channel it always seemed that that short stretch of water was a bridge (or lack of) too far for them. Obviously as a resident, non migratory species colonisation is less likely than for some others such as stilts, egrets etc.
Will be interesting to see if this is a one off or the start of a trend.
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The crossing to Alderney is only about half the width of the Channel at its narrowest, that'll make the crossing significantly easier for them!
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....and not forgetting Black-winged Kites having bred for the first time in Belgium this year....just a skip and a jump from Blighty!
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...just a skip and a jump from Blighty!
Yeah, they might be fine with the skip and the jump, but can they manage the hop as well, Ken?
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Did they raise young ?

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....and not forgetting Black-winged Kites having bred for the first time in Belgium this year....just a skip and a jump from Blighty!
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Are they not similar to Cetti's in the sense they are not really that migratory?

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interesting. always had these down as a possible colonist akin to Cetti's but despite how common they are across the channel it always seemed that that short stretch of water was a bridge (or lack of) too far for them. Obviously as a resident, non migratory species colonisation is less likely than for some others such as stilts, egrets etc.
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Any updates on Purple Herons at Dungeness?

Spoombills bred in Suffolk too.

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Red-back Shrike in Scotland - pair with nestlings
Marsh Warblers - Foula
Purple Heron nested again at Dungeness (no updates)
Spoonbills also did well this year.

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Did they raise young ?
No - they gave up after a combination of bad weather and disturbance. Not sure if they ever got past nest-building stage (I forget which thread it is in, maybe the European Rarities thread?).
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Yeah, they might be fine with the skip and the jump, but can they manage the hop as well, Ken?
They've made it to Cyprus, not a very short crossing...
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5. Pallid Harrier have bred in France at a place not that far form the English Channel. I know it is not the UK but it is not that far and still an excellent record!
Do you have a link for any info on this? The possibility of Pallid breeding in France was raised in another thread.

I don’t personally have any updates on Dungeness (without phoning people!) - it might well be public info is being suppressed due to Covid and the consequential lack of staff/volunteers to monitor them - the last time I saw breeding PH at Dungeness some years ago, they were having to be closely monitored to prevent disturbance and tracks down to the reed bed were closed.

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interesting. always had these down as a possible colonist akin to Cetti's but despite how common they are across the channel it always seemed that that short stretch of water was a bridge (or lack of) too far for them...
Will be interesting to see if this is a one off or the start of a trend.
They might make it if they don’t try and sing at the same time
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Apparently Zitting Cisticola have bred at Alderney ?
The species has bred in Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney in recent years. It's been good year for records in the CI.
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Yeah, they might be fine with the skip and the jump, but can they manage the hop as well, Ken?
Yes...3 records in the CI. Only a matter of time for the UK!
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Do you have a link for any info on this? The possibility of Pallid breeding in France was raised in another thread.
https://www.birdguides.com/news/pall...0the%20species.

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