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Patchwork Challenge 2016 — the winners!
Birding abroad Ohio in spring — warbler central
Photo of the Year 2016 — one week to go!
'Biking Birder' breaks European green year list record
Red Kites generate millions for economy
Research Sandpiper wanders thousands of miles in pursuit of sex
WWT Gulls, mink and nutrients implicated in Pochard decline
BirdLife Critically Endangered tern found breeding on Korean peninsula
British Dragonfly Society Climate change brings new dragonflies to the UK
Birdwatch magazine Separate Black-necked and Slavonian Grebes
Featured tour Estonia — bargain tour to the Baltic
Special offer:A Parliament of Owls by Mike Unwin & David Tipling
Bird of the Week Black-throated Thrush
Photo of the Week 11–17 January
Review of the Week 11–17 January
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 2016 — the winners!Patchwork Challenge 2016 — the winners!
The team reports on the results from Patchwork Challenge 2016.
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Birding abroad Ohio in spring — warbler central Ohio in spring — warbler central
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.
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Photo of the Year 2016 — one week to go!Photo of the Year 2016 — one week to go!
You still have a week to vote for your Photo of the Year 2016. And remember, you can always change your choice if you want!
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'Biking Birder' breaks European green year list record'Biking Birder' breaks European green year list record
Chris Boardman, Jason Kenny, Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins all feature on the list of illustrious British cycling champions … but how about Gary Prescott?
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Red Kites generate millions for economyRed Kites generate millions for economy
A new report has found that tourists spend £8.2 million in Dumfries and Galloway after travelling to see Red Kites.
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Research Sandpiper wanders thousands of miles in pursuit of sex Sandpiper wanders thousands of miles in pursuit of sex
Male Pectoral Sandpipers have been recorded travelling as far as 8,000 miles in just a single summer month in order to have sex with as many females as possible.
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 Gulls, mink and nutrients implicated in Pochard declineWWT Gulls, mink and nutrients implicated in Pochard decline
Reasons for the recent decline of Common Pochard have been scientifically investigated for the very first time by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT)
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BirdLife Critically Endangered tern found breeding on Korean peninsula Critically Endangered tern found breeding on Korean peninsula
Asia's rarest seabird has been discovered breeding on the Korean peninsula, BirdLife International has revealed.
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 Climate change brings new dragonflies to the UKBritish Dragonfly Society Climate change brings new dragonflies to the UK
Since 1995, no fewer than 11 species of dragonfly or damselfly have been recorded from Britain either for the first time ever, or again after a long period of absence.
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Birdwatch magazine Separate Black-necked and Slavonian Grebes Separate Black-necked and Slavonian Grebes
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.
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 Estonia — bargain tour to the BalticFeatured tour Estonia — bargain tour to the Baltic
This early spring tour will focus on some of the specialities for which this bird-rich Baltic state has become famous — notably Steller's Eider, Ural, Tengmalm's and Pygmy Owls, eight species of woodpecker including White-backed, Three-toed and Grey-headed, and grouse including Hazel Grouse, Black Grouse and Capercaillie. Along with likely White-tailed and Golden Eagles, Rough-legged Buzzard, Common Crane and Waxwing, some exciting birding is in store on this great value short tour.
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Special offer:A Parliament of Owls by Mike Unwin & David Tipling by Mike Unwin & David Tipling
Special offer price: £22.99 (SRP: £25)

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.
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Bird of the Week Black-throated Thrush
 Black-throated ThrushThe 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 ...?

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Photo of the Week 11–17 January 11–17 January
An innovative shot using a phone camera wins this week's award.
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Review of the Week 11–17 January

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).

Waxwing
Waxwing, Warrington, Cheshire (Photo: John Tymon)

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.

Black-throated Thrush
Black-throated Thrush, Adwick Washlands RSPB (Dearne Valley), South Yorkshire (Photo: Mick Hemingway)

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