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Latest local bird survey published

A Fieldfare, one of the birds recorded locally
Image courtesy of Morris's British Birds

If youíve ever spotted a bird and wondered what it was, then the latest survey of local birds might help.

Ornithologist Rupert Pyrah, who publishes his annual bird surveys on this site, has devised a system where birds are marked with percentages based on the likelihood of them being seen in the area.

According to Rupert, this should help people trying to identify what they have seen in their gardens and in the local countryside.

Rupertís records stretch back to 1996. In previous years, birds have been awarded marks out of 12 signifying the number of months in the year they were seen. However, our resident ornithologist has now revised his system to use percentages.

Rupert has just published his full report for 2003. This gives details of all sightings throughout the year.

Illustrations of each species of bird mentioned in the report appear on four pages of illustrations in this siteís environment section.

During 2003 there were recordings of a Goshawk in North Mymms Park in January and an all-white budgie-type bird in Brookmans Park in May. Both were thought be escaped birds.

Fourteen species which had been seen in previous years were not seen in 2003. They include: Hen Harrier, Redshank, Jack Snipe, Yellow-Legged Gull, Greater Black Backed Gull, Barn Owl, Long Eared Owl, Sand Martin, Whinchat, Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Crossbill and Hawfinch.

If you see any unusual birds and want to contact Rupert, you can send him a message through this site's internal messaging system. You can also discuss local bird life in this site's forum.

9 February 2004

Related Information
Illustrations of local birds - page one
Illustrations of local birds - page two
Illustrations of local birds - page three
Illustrations of local birds - page four
Local bird records 2002

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