Bird Observatory round-up for 2014


Bird Observatories in Britain had a fantastic 2014, with some incredible falls of common migrants, superb sea passage, and their fair share of the country's biggest rarities of the year — Masked Shrike, Cretzschmar's Bunting, Black-billed Cuckoo, Hermit Thrush, Crag Martin, Audouin's Gull, Moltoni's Warbler, Eyebrowed Thrush, Scops Owl, Steller's Eider and Alpine Accentor are just a few of the megas that spring to mind.

North Ronaldsay boasted both Eyebrowed Thrush and Black-billed Cuckoo in 2014.

You can now read about how the Observatories fared in 2014 in the Bird Observatories Council newsletter, with images of some of the great birds listed above, accounts of falls, restoration work and conservation initiatives and coming to terms with losing buildings and hides to the winter storms!

There are also articles about the International Bird Observatories Conference at Falsterbo in late August and how the Next Generation Birders visited the Observatories during the year. The newsletter also includes a full list of contact details for all the Observatories.

All Observatories that provide accommodation are now taking bookings for the 2015 season, so why not stay at one of Britain's Observatories this year — details can be found on the individual Observatories web pages.

To read the Bird Observatories Council newsletter, head to tinyurl.com/BOCnews2015 or click on the newsletter image below.

Written by: Steve Stansfield, Chairman of the Bird Observatories Council