Migratory birds coming back from Africa to Europe now


This is a video of common swifts nesting in Tel Aviv, Israel.

From BirdLife:

Spring Alive in Europe

23-02-2007

Europe’s first Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica – the messengers of spring – have been spotted in the south of Spain, Portugal and Cyprus, announcing the beginning of BirdLife’s Spring Alive program and heralding the arrival of the warmer weather to the northern hemisphere.

The first reports of the return of migrating birds in the south of Europe have been recorded by young birdwatchers in Portugal.

They entered their observations on the www.springalive.net website, where people from around the continent are to share their very first spring bird sightings.

BirdLife’s Spring Alive project, now in its second year, is aimed at getting children, teachers, parents and all interested birdwatchers to keep an eye out in their neighbourhood for the arrival of four indicator bird species: Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus, Barn Swallow, White Stork Ciconia ciconia and Common Swift Apus apus – and put them online so the rest of Europe can watch the arrival of spring.

Update: here.

Migratory birds in Groningen in The Netherlands: here.

Anti bird trapping campaign in Cyprus: here.

Shockingly, a report by BirdLife Cyprus reveals a large proportion of these birds are trapped at Dhekelia – a UK Sovereign Base Area in the south-east of the island: here.

Conservationists appalled at Red-footed Falcon massacre in Cyprus: here.

Canvasback duck migration in North America: here.

Migratory birds in the Americas: here.

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