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Himalaya

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This thread should relate to successful or attempted breeding in new areas.

3-4 pairs of Cattle Egret have nested at Blenheim, Oxfordshire successfully raising some young.

In the Netherlands Blyth's Reed Warbler are nesting I believe.

I wonder what else will be revealed shortly.
 

KenM

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This thread should relate to successful or attempted breeding in new areas.

3-4 pairs of Cattle Egret have nested at Blenheim, Oxfordshire successfully raising some young.

In the Netherlands Blyth's Reed Warbler are nesting I believe.

I wonder what else will be revealed shortly.
Whatever happened to the West Country Red-backed Shrikes of a few years back, did they die out like the rest, or are they still alive and kicking....whilst being suppressed? 😮
 

Farnboro John

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Whatever happened to the West Country Red-backed Shrikes of a few years back, did they die out like the rest, or are they still alive and kicking....whilst being suppressed? 😮
That's the tricky thing, and its why the Rare Breeding Birds Panel report is published three years out of date. I'm happy to see news on this thread but I think we must accept that some very interesting breeding news is just too sensitive to put out.

Edit: That said, I am not in favour of recording things like a single Red-necked Grebe summering on a gravel pit as a "possible breeding" record, so when it does come out the RBBP report is full of useless rubbish and one has to search it for the nuggets of gold.

John
 

KenM

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That's the tricky thing, and its why the Rare Breeding Birds Panel report is published three years out of date. I'm happy to see news on this thread but I think we must accept that some very interesting breeding news is just too sensitive to put out.

Edit: That said, I am not in favour of recording things like a single Red-necked Grebe summering on a gravel pit as a "possible breeding" record, so when it does come out the RBBP report is full of useless rubbish and one has to search it for the nuggets of gold.

John
I’m all for suppressing the location of rare breeding birds....but the whole of Devon and Cornwall?, would take some finding by even the most “dedicated” photographers/egg collectors?

If a Short-toed Eagle can fly the length of Britain and remain undetected (presumably to and from), then RB’S are in with more than a fair chance?

I’d have thought a brief mention of success or failure would have been much appreciated by the rank and file.
One doesn’t need to know the whereabouts or the counties involved, just whether they’ve been successful or not.

I moved to my present area when there was “still” a small colony and I was just a bit peeved that I missed them by a year and never connected.
However, I‘ve bumped into a few since and RBS has always been a personal favourite hence the interest.

Cheers
 

Himalaya

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I would actually prefer to only include breeding records which are publicised. The Cattle Egrets information has been online since the 5th of August. I would rather only include verifiable records - formally released news - rather than hearsay. The point isn't to disclose breeding records and sites where sensitive species breed. It is just to collate the information and to have some good news stories with all the doom and gloom.

Cattle Egrets have also bred at Norfolk, Somerset, Hampshire, Sussex, Essex, Northamptonshire, Cheshire and maybe elsewhere over the last 5 years? It is an interesting mix of counties.
 

Himalaya

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Sunday birdguides weekly report mentions Cattle Egret breeding successfully again at the Hoo. That appears to be a place in Kent. I wasn't aware they bred in Kent before but certainly is brilliant news.
 

kb57

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I understood there were RBSs breeding in Scotland a few years ago, did these ever establish? (again, I'm being hopefully suitably vague with the geography here...)
 
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