British Birds July 2019
The Common Pheasant – its status in the UK and the potential impacts of an abundant non-native About half of the European population of the Common Pheasant is found in the UK, where breeding numbers have doubled in the past 40 years. Some 43 million young Pheasants are released into the UK countryside each year to fuel the pastime of Pheasant shooting. What are the impacts of these huge numbers of non-native birds on the ecology of the countryside, other economic activities and our own lives?
Choughs on Colonsay and Oronsay, 1984–2018 A long-term study of Red-billed Choughs breeding on Colonsay and Oronsay showed an increase in population from the mid 1980s to 2005. Since then, a significant decline is evident; changes in food supply are believed to be a principal factor.
Dalmatian Pelican in Cornwall: new to Britain A Dalmatian Pelican in Cornwall in 2016 was first seen over St Gothian Sands on 7th May; it remained in southwest England until 20th November. It was accepted by BBRC and BOURC and added to Category A of the British List.
The Dalmatian Pelican in Britain A Dalmatian Pelican in Cornwall in May 2016 remained in southwest England until November that year. The background and explanation for BOURC’s decision to add it to the British List are summarised.
BB eye The value of monitoring rare breeding birds
Letters An early wild bird marking record
Notes ‘Penguin dance’ by juvenile Great Crested Grebes; Carrio Crow dropping freshwater mussels; Some observations of Skylark behavior in severe weather; Nesting Barn Swallows using infrared door sensors.
Obituaries Adam Watson
News & comment, Book reviews and Recent reports complete the July issue.
Source: Bird Watching