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Which shorebird nests in some of the remotest parts of the planet and is an occasional vagrant visitor to Britain?

Which shorebird nests in some of the remotest parts of the planet and is an occasional vagrant visitor to Britain?

I am a long-billed dowitcher, also known as the red-breasted snipe or brownback. Since most of the world’s estimated 500,000 long-billed dowitchers breed in North America, we prefer to be called shorebirds rather than by the British term wader. In the United States, the word […]

Which half-ounce bird travels the 4100km (2650 miles) twice a year between Britain and the Sahal Region of Africa?

Which half-ounce bird travels the 4100km (2650 miles) twice a year between Britain and the Sahal Region of Africa?

I’m a migrant whitethroat, also known as the nettle-creeper or hay chat in certain parts of Britain. I’m member of the warbler family, about the size of an English robin or great tit, and weigh approximately half an ounce (15 grams), so you can imagine […]

Which British bird-of-prey (raptor) was used to entertain humans in a sport where it had to chase and catch skylarks?

Which British bird-of-prey (raptor) was used to entertain humans in a sport where it had to chase and catch skylarks?

I think we merlins, or pigeon hawk, are delightful to look at as the smallest birds of prey in Britain, even smaller than kestrels. Our name is derived from esmerillon, the old French name for our species. We have pointed wings and a relatively long […]

Welcome to my Blog: An Awareness of  Birds, etc.

Welcome to my Blog: An Awareness of Birds, etc.

Thank you for visiting my author Blog page.  Given my lifelong interest in birds, I am publishing summaries of  some of  the species that I became familiar with during my early days as a birder, and these will all be British birds because I began […]