25th May 2016 Birds in the news this week!

//25th May 2016 Birds in the news this week!

25th May 2016 Birds in the news this week!

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10th May 2016      BBC News

Dalmatian pelican seen 'for first time' in UK at Land's End


A Dalmatian pelican has been seen in the UK for what is thought to be the first time in hundreds of years.

Pelacanus crispus

Bird enthusiasts thronged to the Land's End area in Cornwall to catch a glimpse of the bird.

The pelican is "one of the most beautiful and charismatic breeding birds in Europe" according to the RSPB.

Paul Freestone, from the Cornwall Birding website, said the experience was "the pinnacle" of his bird watching career.

The same bird is thought to have been seen in Poland and Germany recently and to have been blown off course towards the UK.

Photographer Josef Fitzgerald-Patrick described the bird as "incredible".

He said: "When you see it take off out of the water it's like nothing you've ever seen before.

"This particular bird had a 1.6m (5ft 3in) wingspan, and a buzzard has a metre (3ft 4in) wingspan - this made them look tiny."

Tony Whitehead from the RSPB said: "It's a first for the UK."

He said remains have shown the birds used to breed in the Somerset area around 5,000 years ago.

Dalmatian_Pelican_2There are thought to be around 10,000-20,000 Dalmatian pelicans in the world with the largest colony at Lake Mikri Prespa in Greece.

Brian Egan from the Rare Bird Alert network said there was very strong evidence for the bird to be officially verified as the first one to visit the UK.

He said a final decision will be made by the British Ornithological Union Records Committee later in the year.

21st May 2016       BBC News

Avocet chicks hatch at Saltholme nature reserve


avocet chickA type of bird once driven to extinction in Britain has hatched chicks on Teesside.

The avocets were born at the RSPB's Saltholme wildlife reserve near Stockton.

Avocets are black and white with long legs and upturned beaks, and the birds have nested within an area of flooded grassland.

Three clutches have hatched with more expected in the days ahead, wildlife chiefs said.



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