20th March 

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Each week we will be featuring amazing news stories from all corners of the British Isles and around the world about birds in the news. To read the full news story just click on the URL address below each title. 

16th March 2015      BBC - Poll to find first national bird for Britain


swan1Votes can now be cast in an online poll to choose what could become Britain's first national bird. Currently Britain does not have a national bird, but leading ornithologist David Lindo believes that should change.

A shortlist of 10 birds has been chosen by online voters from an original list of 60. The 10 shortlisted birds are: 1. The Swan 2. The Robin 3. Red Kite 4. Hen Harrier  5.Puffin  6. Barn Owl 7.King fisher  8. Wren  9. Blackbird  10. Wren

Mr Lindo will close the vote on the day of the general election, 7 May, and ask the new government to officially appoint the winner as national bird.

The RSPB welcomed the initiative and said the lack of a national bird for Britain was a "glaring omission".


10th March 2015   - BBC The girl who gets gifts from birds


Lots of people love the birds in their garden, but it's rare for that affection to be reciprocated. One young girl in Seattle is luckier than most. She feeds the crows in her garden - and they bring her gifts in return.

Eight-year-old Gabi Mann sets a bead storage container on the dining room table, and clicks the lid open. This is her most precious collection.

"You may take a few close looks," she says, "but don't touch." It's a warning she's most likely practised on her younger brother. She laughs after saying it though. She is happy for the audience.

glass on beachInside the box are rows of small objects in clear plastic bags. One label reads: "Black table by feeder. 2:30 p.m. 09 Nov 2014." Inside is a broken light bulb. Another bag contains small pieces of brown glass worn smooth by the sea. "Beer coloured glass," as Gabi describes it. Each item is individually wrapped and categorised. Gabi pulls a black zip out of a labelled bag and holds it up. "We keep it in as good condition as we can," she says.


More great news reports!

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How to bring birds back to your garden


Each week there are hundreds of amazing stories about birds. If you read or hear about a story that we have not featured then please e-mail us immediately.