According to new tracking data, common swifts travel 570 kilometers (more than 350 miles) on an average day–but they are capable of going much farther and faster.
Recent Bird Sightings, Stronsay
“Since we arrived on Stronsay in 1987 we have been waiting for one particular bird species to turn up here.”
The Pallas’s Rosefinch Of Late May 2005
“A brilliant male of this species arrived on the Reserve during a spell of warm easterly winds”
Stronsay Bird Sightings April 2021
“Pied wagtails were late arriving, but one bird of the European race (alba – very rare here in Spring) was discovered feeding among the ponies at Ha’breck.”
The House Sparrow is Scotland’s No.1
The House Sparrow continued in its top spot in Scotland in the 2021 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.
Mark Barkan has sent us in this excellent short video of the Common Starling.
Tanzania’s Tropical Birds: Tracking Our Warming Climate
” it’s a really important ecosystem to study, especially given how little research takes place in Africa compared to other tropical locales.””
Stronsay Recent Bird Sightings
“As might be expected in late Winter, most of the interesting sightings have been of ‘water birds’ and ‘birds of prey’ but a few early migrant ‘land-birds’ have been see, including 2 male Chaffinches in early March. “
Poultry Housing Order to be Lifted
The measures brought in due to an outbreak of avian flu will be lifted on March 31st.
The Chorus of Spring
The RSPB has produced a Bird Song Identifier that will take you through the most common garden birds.