23rd March 2016 – Birds in the news this week!

//23rd March 2016 – Birds in the news this week!

23rd March 2016 – Birds in the news this week!

birds in the news

Find out what actions human are taking in communities across the planet to protect our bird population!

Birds in the News is a weekly feature. Visit this page every Wednesday to view and read local, national and international newspaper articles that have been published in the past 7 days.

Found an interesting news report about birds on the Internet or in your local newspaper?

Then please send it to the Schools Bird Box Team.

E-mail: info@birdboxproject.org.uk 

Blackbird is its own worst enemy

March 2016 - Kent Online


Spring is in the air and a blackbird’s thoughts turn to pecking its love rivals. But this male’s aggression was misplaced, as it spent two days this week furiously attacking its reflection in the roof of a car in Thread Lane, Dunkirk, Kent!

blackbird fighting own reflectionDerrick Harris spotted the spat on his neighbour’s drive early Tuesday.

And the bird was still at it hammer and tongs on Wednesday.

“His beak must be taking quite a battering,” said Derrick, “but he’s showing no signs of giving in.”

The RSPB says this type of reflection attack usually involves windows, is most frequent during the breeding season, and most birds eventually retire uninjured.

10 birds to look out for in Sussex this weekend

March 2016 - The Argus   Click on link to view full report.

The RSPB is opening a new store in Brighton and to mark the grand opening, the charity is offering the first 1,000 customers a free pack of six suet balls (details of the offer at the bottom of this article).

common sussex birds

Here are the ten most popular birds in Sussex and some information to help you identify them.

First. The House Sparrow: Despite remaining at number one spot, the house sparrow is a red-listed species. Their numbers are down 62% since the first birdwatch.

Second. Blue Tit: The blue tit has becoming the second most spotted bird in UK gardens for this time of year.

Third. The Starling. Starling numbers have plummeted by 84% since the first Birdwatch in 1979. The RSPB are urgently researching their decline. Smaller than blackbirds, with a short tail, pointed head, triangular wings, starlings look black at a distance but when seen closer they are very glossy with a sheen of purples and greens.

Fourth. The Blackbird: The males live up to their name but, confusingly, females are brown often with spots and streaks on their breasts.

Fifth. The Woodpigeon. The UK's largest and commonest pigeon, it is largely grey with a white neck patch and white wing patches, clearly visible in flight.

Sixth. The Chaffinch: The chaffinch is the UK's second commonest breeding bird, and is arguably the most colourful of the UK's finches.

Seventh. The Goldfinch has swooped into the number seven spot. Before 2001 they were amber-listed. They are visiting our gardens more now and are particularly partial to nyjer seed.

Eighth. The Great tit: The largest UK tit - green and yellow with a striking glossy black head with white cheeks and a distinctive two-syllable song.

Nine. The Collared dove: .Collared doves are a pale, pinky-brown grey colour, with a distinctive black neck collar (as the name suggests). They have deep red eyes and reddish feet.

Ten: The Robin: The UK's favourite bird - with its bright red breast it is familiar throughout the year and especially at Christmas! Males and females look identical, and young birds have no red breast.

Sussex schools - Please tell us.

Are these the birds that you see in your school grounds?





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