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Rarity finders Black-browed Albatross at Bempton Cliffs
Bird Race Challenge 2017
RSPB Tagged European Turtle Dove returns to Essex
WWT Godwit chick 'headstarting' represents UK first
RSPB Second documented case of raptor persecution discontinued by court
Research Geolocators reveal Connecticut Warblers' amazing migration
Research Male body mass is crucial to Wandering Albatross' future survival
RSPB New project launched to save Scotland's rarest insects
Featured tour Autumn rarity-finding in Shetland
Special offer: Birds in Pictures by Markus Varesvuo
Bird of the Week Citrine Wagtail
Photo of the Week 10–16 May
Review of the Week 10–16 May
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 Black-browed Albatross at Bempton CliffsRarity finders Black-browed Albatross at Bempton Cliffs
Twelve-year-old Joe Fryer demonstrated great nous to find and identify a Black-browed Albatross at the famous Yorkshire reserve of Bempton Cliffs.
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Bird Race Challenge 2017Bird Race Challenge 2017
Nina Seale of the World Land Trust describes a day of competitive listing in East Anglia for The Bird Race Challenge.
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 Tagged European Turtle Dove returns to EssexRSPB Tagged European Turtle Dove returns to Essex
An East Anglian European Turtle Dove has become only the second individual to have its migratory route mapped from the UK to West Africa and back.
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WWT Godwit chick 'headstarting' represents UK first Godwit chick 'headstarting' represents UK first
In a process known as 'headstarting', Black-tailed Godwit chicks have been hatched by conservationists for the first time in the UK.
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 Second documented case of raptor persecution discontinued by courtRSPB Second documented case of raptor persecution discontinued by court
RSPB Scotland has expressed its frustration and disappointment after another prosecution of an individual charged with wildlife crime offences was discontinued by the Crown Office in Scotland.
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Research Geolocators reveal Connecticut Warblers' amazing migration Geolocators reveal Connecticut Warblers' amazing migration
A new study has revealed the monumental transoceanic feats of Connecticut Warblers during autumn migration.
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 Male body mass is crucial to Wandering Albatross' future survivalResearch Male body mass is crucial to Wandering Albatross' future survival
A new study has suggested that the body condition of male Wandering Albatrosses will play a big part in the species' continued survival.
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RSPB New project launched to save Scotland's rarest insects New project launched to save Scotland's rarest insects
A new project is being launched in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park to save six of Scotland's rarest invertebrates.
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 Autumn rarity-finding in ShetlandFeatured tour Autumn rarity-finding in Shetland
There's no better place in Britain to look for rarities during migration than Shetland. The islands reach their peak in late September and early October, when recent major rarities such as Siberian Rubythroat, Siberian Accentor, Thick-billed Warbler and Cape May Warbler have all turned up. Almost anything is possible, so once again this autumn we'll be returning to enjoy some prime-time birding in the Northern Isles — book now to guarantee your trip.
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Special offer: Birds in Pictures by Markus Varesvuo
Special offer price: £27.95 (SRP: £30)

Published late June 2017

This latest title from renowned wildlife photographer Markus Varesvuo is a stunning collection of breathtaking images from around the world. With a focus on the many fascinating aspects of bird behaviour, Markus presents some striking photographs of species from around the globe, highlights of which include Snowy Owl, Puffin, Dipper and Capercaillie.

Presented in a larger format to display the birds in all their glory, the images are accompanied with short descriptions plus tips for photographers. Proving to be Markus's biggest and best book to date, it is sure to be another 'must-have' title for birders and wildlife photographers alike.
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Bird of the Week Citrine Wagtail
 Citrine WagtailThere were some great birds this week, but few will have brought more delight to birders than the wonderfully confiding Citrine Wagtail at Lynemouth Flash, Northumberland, on 12–13th. It may not be a rarity these days, but spring birds are still fairly unusual and always cause excitement for they offer birders the chance to observe this species in its summer finery. The Lynemouth bird also comfortably goes down as one of the showiest of its kind to be seen here in recent years.

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Photo of the Week 10–16 May 10–16 May
Jackie Moreton's grappling Common Terns impressed our Photo of the Week adjudicator this week.
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Review of the Week 10–16 May

Two sightings of an adult Black-browed Albatross at Bempton Cliffs, East Yorks, this week give birders hope that the famous North Sea bird of recent summers, which has previously spent much of its time in German waters, has finally discovered the delights of an English seabird colony. Bempton has long been touted as a likely place for this beast to pitch up and the bird's presence offshore there on 13th and 16th certainly suggests that it's at least mildly enthused by this particular stretch of the Yorkshire coastline. The big question is, of course, will it allow itself to be truly twitchable here? Fingers crossed! Incidentally there was late news of an (the?) albatross past Berwick-upon-Tweed on 4th.

Black-browed Albatross
Black-browed Albatross, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire (Photo: Joe Fryer)

After over three months hugging the coasts of Guernsey, it appears that the American Royal Tern is finally on the move. It was seen at Longis Bay, Alderney, on 15th before flying off to the north — might the south coast of Britain be its next stop? Here's hoping so, as a confirmed American Royal would be a huge hit on British shores.

Many will remember the pristine male Baltimore Oriole at John O' Groats in late May 2007, not for the crowds it drew (it was untwitchable, with news breaking after the event) but for the massively gripping images that accompanied the reports. At the time it represented just the third spring record for Britain, with the previous two occurrences as long ago as 1968 (Cornwall) and 1970 (Pembrokeshire). This week, Ireland was treated to its first spring Baltimore Oriole on Tory Island, Co Donegal — an isle which, strangely, has a quite poor track record with American passerines despite its apparently excellent geographical position. Though not the shiny adult male that the John O' Groats bird was, this was a super find and gripping tick for island resident Anton Meenan on 15th. However, the bird proved a one-day wonder, with no sign at all on Tuesday.

Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole, Tory Island, Donegal (Photo: Anton Meenan)

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