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World Migratory Bird Day

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Today - Saturday 8 May - is World Migratory Bird Day and this week many of us have been thrilling to the sights and sounds of swallows, swifts, cuckoos, warblers and a whole host of other migrants newly returned from Africa.Swifts, in particular, are truly amazing birds, with those that return to the UK to breed having one of the longest annual bird migration journeys in the world. Weighing the same as a small bar of chocolate (45 grams), each swift travels around 14,000 miles (22,000 kilometers) every year... and that's just the straight-line distance between points along their migration route. Swifts actually clock up many more miles of flight than this, because these birds do pretty much everything on the wing, including eating, drinking, resting and even mating. More...

Bempton Cliffs and Filey Bay - Seabird Nirvana. A Zoom talk by Mark Pearson

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Mark James Pearson is an ecologist, wildlife guide and writer.From the natural harbour of Filey Brigg to the towering chalk of Bempton Cliffs, one of Yorkshire's most iconic and breath-taking panoramas also just happens to be the best bay for birds on the east coast and Mark gave us an excellent introduction to this wonderful site. Illustrated with photographs of breeding seabirds and a range of migrants, plus the odd rare vagrant, and covering every season, this was an inspiring guide. More...

International Dawn Chorus Day, Sunday 2nd May

Sunday, 2 May 2021

Why not join others around the world listening to the dawn chorus. Find somewhere near you where you know birds are singing - perhaps a local wood, park or even your own garden. Be in position well before sunrise in order to catch the first soloists, then enjoy the rest of the orchestra as they join in. If you want to be really indulgent, take a seat, a flask of something hot and a bar of chocolate. More...

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Castle Water, Rye - report by Anne McGregor

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

My highlight was the very vocal Cormorant colony, which has relocated to right outside the Castle water hide where they were busy putting the finishing touches to their nests. I've previously failed to appreciate what attractive birds Cormorants are. When seen up close in their full breeding plumage they're really striking - punk style mini crests, red patches beneath the eye, beautiful bronzey wings, and the contrasting white head and thigh patch make for a really handsome bird. The on nest displays were impressive too, with tails cocked up and heads back like a Goldeneye. More...

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