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Out of season, but not out of song

Monday, November 07, 2016

While a recent letter in British Birds expressed interest in the little known habit of winter singing by blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla) in the UK, it is well documented that many other species sometimes sing “out of season”. Read More

Winter singing of blackcaps

Friday, October 21, 2016

In a recent (October 2016) edition of British Birds a letter was published discussing winter singing by blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla) in Britain and Ireland (Greenwood, 2016). Blackcaps are relatively large warblers with beautiful and complex songs. These songs sometimes include mimicry of other species and there is much individual variation, and in fact an old dialect name for the species was northern nightingale.  Read More

Barn owl recommendations

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Like most wild birds, the barn owl is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (WCA) 1981, as amended. This makes it an offence to kill, injure or take a barn owl; take, damage or destroy the nest while that nest is in use or being built; and to take or destroy an egg.  Read More

Barn owls benefit from conservation efforts

Monday, July 11, 2016

Barn owls are a popular yet mysterious bird species which, if seen at all, are most likely glimpsed gliding like ghosts over crops at dusk. Their screeches can send shivers down anyone’s spine. They are incredible hunters with huge eyes and sharp talons, yet they have suffered population declines in the UK. This has mainly been attributed to changes in farming practices and possible effects of pesticides such as DDT. Read More

Birds of Conservation Concern

Monday, June 20, 2016

Here at Thomson Ecology there are many bird enthusiasts. So many of us were very eager to read the recently published fourth review of the Birds of Conservation Concern (BOCC 4) (Eaton et al. 2015). The BOCC 4 assesses the population status of 244 bird species in the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Read More

Spot the flycatcher

Monday, May 23, 2016

The spotted flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) is a late summer migrant to Britain, and one that has shown a precipitous decline over the last 30 years. The population is now only a sixth of what it once was.  Read More