From Wildlife Extra:
Strong winds bring first for Scotland as ‘Parula’ warbler touches down on Tiree.
October 2010. The Inner Hebridean island of Tiree has recorded the first ever Scottish sighting of a tiny bird more usually seen in the United States. The northern parula, which is smaller than a blue tit, must have been blown thousands of miles off course by strong westerly winds during its migration to Central America.
This brightly coloured warbler has been recorded previously in England and Northern Ireland, but the Tiree bird is a first for Scotland. It appeared on September 25 in the garden of local RSPB Scotland officer John Bowler, who has planted native trees to attract such migrant birds. …
Another unusual bird that’s causing a stir is a glossy ibis, which is currently to be seen at Mersehead RSPB reserve in Dumfries and Galloway. These large waders, which have the body of a curlew and the legs of a flamingo, are more normally seen in Continental Europe, and sightings of them in Scotland are rare.
First banding scheme of Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) in Algeria: here.
Bird migration in the Netherlands: here.
October 2010: More and more bird species are facing an uncertain future. The RSPB identified the top 100 species in the UK that most need help to maintain their status. Forty of these have been prioritised for immediate action by the RSPB, but the society is also asking for help from government, industry, other charities and the public to provide a future for these birds: here.
November 2010. A new study into birds on quarry sites has shown that they are havens for birds of prey. The RSPB carried out a survey on 70 quarries in the UK after this year’s breeding season, to find exactly which birds live and breed there: here.
Bird of the week: Canada warbler: here.
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