World Birdwatch today

Today is World Birdwatch.

In the Netherlands, it was a stormy day.

So, a lot less birds were seen than last year. 145,450 birds, 177 species now, 663,550 in 2008.

The stormy weather did make for some special observations. A Balearic shearwater was seen near Monster village.

Five sooty shearwaters were seen as well.

The storm drove those birds, usually only visible at sea, to the land.

ScienceDaily (Oct. 6, 2009) — Human activities have meant invasive species have been able to populate parts of the world to which they are not native and alter biodiversity there over thousands of years. Now, an international team of scientists has studied the impact of the black rat on bird populations on Mediterranean islands. Despite the rat’s environmental impact, only the tiny European storm petrel has been affected over time by its enforced cohabitation with the rat: here.

Despite stormy weather across Europe over the past weekend, more than 63,000 adults and children from 35 countries set out to bid farewell to migratory birds, as many flew south for the non-breeding season. It was all part of EuroBirdwatch, the annual event organised by BirdLife International and its national Partners across the continent. This year BirdLife used EuroBirdwatch to highlight Born to Travel, the BirdLife Flyways Campaign, which aims to save migratory birds and their habitats: here. For the final results, see here.

The RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), have joined forces and are working with BirdLife Partners in Ghana (Ghana Wildlife Society), Burkina Faso (Naturama), the Netherlands (Vogelbescherming Nederland) and Denmark (Dansk Ornitologisk Forening) to mount the largest research project of its type to understand more about migratory birds that spend the non-breeding season south of the Sahara desert: here.

British team head for Africa to search for UK summer migrants: here.

Alaska’s Migratory Birds Cope with Climate Change: here.

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