Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Birdwatch – issue 182 (August 2007): abbreviated table of contents

ISSN 0967-1870


Vinicombe, K E. Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis) [Identification of this gull in a challenging plumage, with particular reference to Lesser Black-backed Gull (L fuscus) and Herring Gull (L argentatus)]

Vinicombe, K E. Semipalmated and Western Sandpipers (Calidris pusilla and C mauri) [How to separate these two ‘peeps’ from each other in autumn, as well as from Little Stint (Calidris minuta)]

Vinicombe, K E. Another Wilson’s? [A close look at a putative Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata) on Scilly this spring]

Cole, S. The south-eastern frontier [Birding in Kuwait]

Harbard, C. Birding the continental crossroads [Profile of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asia]

Jameson, C. Musings: Mixed blessings [Thoughts about Italy’s birds and bees]

Young, S. Doing a digital makeover [Bird photography: how to get a good shot of a distant subject]

Better Birding

How to … bird in the wind

Places to go – head north to Scotland

British Bidwatching Fair

Must see – Red-necked Grebe

Other wildlife – National Moth Night

Tip from the Top – Paul Doherty

What’s on – August events
Optical events – August guide
Birding courses and workshops
High tide tables for August for Britain and Ireland

Where to watch birds

Barthorpe, I. Minsmere, Suffolk

Saunders, D. Skomer, Pembrokeshire

O’Clery, M. Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry

Gibson, Stuart. Isle of Mull, Argyll

Reader Holidays

Panama: 11-20/23 October 2008


Win Pentax binoculars and cameras worth over £2,000

News and related items

News digest – Floods hit bird reserves; Woodlark increase; Harrier success; Lesser Flamingos threatened; Peak raptors persecuted

Fraser, M. ListCheck – updating the world view of birds. [National Lists: Additions to Britain, Nicaragua, Guyana and Ecuador. Potential split: Madeiran Storm-petrel (Oceanodroma castro). Species relegation: Quailfinches (Ortygospiza).]

Tools of the trade

Product reviews: Steiner 8x44 and 10x44 binoculars

Volunteer for bird surveys in Asia

Give-away binoculars from JJ Vickers and Sons

Internet birding: Fact-finding online; Bumbling online; Website of the month

Book reviews:
Atlas of Bird Migration edited by Jonathan Elphick (Natural History Museum, London)

Wildlife of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda by David Hosking and Martin Withers (Collins)

Handbook of Avian Hybrids of the World by Eugene M McCarthy (Oxford UP)

Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East by Pierre Delforge (A&C Black)

Accounts of recent rarities in Britain and Ireland

Phizacklea, T. Crowds converge on Walney’s whimbrel [Hudsonian Whimbrel (Numenius (phaeopus) hudsonicus), Walney, Cumbria, from 14 June 2007] with photos

McKenzie, D. From the Southern Ocean to Somerset [Yellow-nosed Albatross (Thalassarche chlororhynchos), Brean, Somerset, 29-30 June 2007] with exclusive photos

Monthly highlights summary: June 2007

Recent reports

Monthly round-ups from eight regions in Britain, and from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, June 2007, including photos of Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis), Marsh Warbler (Acrocephalus palustris), Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus), Booted Warbler (Hippolais caligata), White-winged Black Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus), Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio), Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida), White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis), Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans), Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina), River Warbler (Locustella fluviatilis), Blyth’s Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus dumetorum), Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus), White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus) and Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola).

Highlights summary for the Western Palearctic in June 2007, including photos of the region's fifth-ever Black-capped Petrel (Pterodraoma hasitata) near the Azores, Yellow-nosed Albtaross (Thalassarche chlororhynchos) in Norway, the first Radde’s Accentor (Prunella ocularis) for Kuwait, Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) in Belgium, and Green Heron (Butorides virescens) in The Netherlands.

PLUS: 52-page Official Programme for Birdfair 2007, distributed exclusively with Birdwatch August 2007