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Conservation and Bird Protection

RSPB Wildlife Reserve and Discovery Park

Man is one of the most important agents in affecting the distribution of birds or even affecting their chances of survival in the world today. In the comparatively short time that man has been of sufficient a force he has … Continue reading

03. October 2011 by admin
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What birds eat

Discovering what birds eat really tests your desire to be a birdwatcher-naturalist. The subject, though fascinating, can be extremely complicated and requires enormous patience. However, this should not put you off. There are some comparatively simple things to do. Identifying … Continue reading

03. October 2011 by admin
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Birdwatching: Geographical Distribution of Birds

House Sparrow, Passer domesticus

Amateurs have probably contributed as much to the knowledge of the geographical distribution of birds throughout the world as to any branch of ornithology. While the British Empire was still spread around the globe, the colonial servants, soldiers and sailors, … Continue reading

03. October 2011 by admin
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Bird Reproduction: Parental Care

Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) with youn...

In the nidicolous species one of the first duties of parents is to dispose of the egg shells which could otherwise give away the position of the nest; they are either eaten or carried away as soon as they have … Continue reading

03. October 2011 by admin
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Birdwatching: Young and their development

Cup nest of a Redwing, with newly hatched chicks

Technically, the young birds from the time they hatch until they can fly are called ‘pulli’. But I shall call them ‘nestlings’ whilst they are in the nest, ‘chicks’ until they can fly and then ‘juveniles’ until they moult. During … Continue reading

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Bird Reproduction: Incubation Period of Eggs

G. c. chloropus nest with small clutch of eggs...

There are no sharp divisions between one stage and the next. Even though many of a bird’s actions have been building up to egg-laying, nest-building may continue after the first egg has been laid as may also some of the … Continue reading

03. October 2011 by admin
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Birding Eggs and egg-laying

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), typical ...

Very few birds nest all the year round, most have a restricted breeding season, which in Britain and the temperate world is in spring and summer. Dr David Lack has shown that breeding is so timed that the young are … Continue reading

03. October 2011 by admin
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Birding: Bird Nests and Nest Building

Nests and nest building A nest may just be a cup-shaped depression scraped in the soil or a highly intricate structure woven together with a variety of different materials. An all-round naturalist that I know sometimes takes old birds’ nests … Continue reading

30. September 2011 by admin
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How Birds Establish their Nest Site

An Osprey landing in the nest at Boy Scout Cam...

Establishment of the nest site Often it is the female of the species which selects the nest site and my observations of Goldfinches and Wheatears have shown that the female will start to take material to two or three possible … Continue reading

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Bird Behaviour: Migration

Flock of barncale geese on autumn migration.

Migration While migration occurs in other animal groups it is most pronounced in birds. Broadly speaking, bird migration is a regular movement between the breeding areas and those which are best suited to feeding needs at other times of the … Continue reading

30. September 2011 by admin
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