Hot-spots don't get much hotter than north-west Ohio in spring — and at the region's prime location of Magee Marsh, May is positively meltdown time. Dominic Mitchell visits North America's premier birding festival, The Biggest Week, to experience the Magee phenomenon first hand. more
With their red eyes and largely black and white winter plumage, at this time of year Black-necked and Slavonian Grebes can appear very similar. David Callahan's top tips will ensure you can separate the two species. more
A lavish celebration of these compelling birds, this new title looks at 50 of the most striking and interesting owl species around the world. Author Mike Unwin has watched and admired owls all over the globe, and in this collection captures the essence of each species while explaining the unique natural history that has made these silent assassins the most effective feathered predators of darkness. Along the way he describes a fascinating range of breeding and hunting behaviour, the unusual calls that have given rise to so much superstition and the cultural impact of owls around the world.
A stunning range of photographs, taken and compiled by David Tipling, one of Britain's foremost bird photographers, captures the beauty of each species and the drama of the landscapes they inhabit. more
The ninth Black-throated Thrush to appear in Britain since the start of the autumn (and the eighth female) is our Bird of the Week. Showing reasonably well at times at Adwick, South Yorkshire, since its discovery on Saturday, this bird has been drawing an appreciative crowd ever since. In this bumper year for wintering 'Sibes', how many more might be found before spring arrives? And how about a Red-throated Thrush to mix things up a bit ...?
Another reasonably busy week passed, with news output peaking on Saturday when we put out over 600 messages — a fantastic result for mid-January. The primary reason for this is of course the continuing southward push of Waxwings and, although we carried slightly fewer reports of the species than last week, over 550 records was impressive.
Birds have now reached as far south as Devon (though we received no records from Cornwall) and sizeable flocks are now springing up across the Midlands and, for the first time this winter, in Ireland too (200+ were in Dublin on 12th).
Find of the week was a female Black-throated Thrush favouring fields at Adwick Washlands, S Yorks, on 15th. It proved elusive thereafter, popping up only briefly in the morning of 16th but was still there on Tuesday. This is the ninth of its species to appear in Britain since the start of the autumn, a truly impressive total that may swell yet further before spring. Interestingly, all but one of this autumn/winter's birds have been females.