Focus on... Spotted Flycatchers

Steve Blain

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The Eurobird portal website really shows the power of what our bird data can do when it is joined together in BirdTrack and with other global data sets.  Certainly worth a browse!


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Date: 6 June 2017 at 14:44
Subject: Focus on... Spotted Flycatchers

EuroBirdPortal update, Spurn Young Birder award and more...
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June 2017 update

Dear Steve

June marks the end of spring migration, with all summer migrants – perhaps with the exception of the odd over-shoot – having arrived back and busy with the breeding season. Fledged chicks, and adults carrying food should be becoming more visible during the month. Adding this breeding evidence to your BirdTrack records will help county recorders and the ongoing European Breeding Bird Atlas 2. If you are visiting Scotland or Ireland this summer, don't forget to check the map on the 'Find the Gap' tool, as many areas here still have low coverage of breeding evidence.

After eight years in the role, we are sad to say goodbye to BirdTrack Organiser Nick Moran this month. Recruitment is underway for a similarly enthusiastic birder who can communicate the value of logging sightings via BirdTrack, liaise with local, national and international recorders, and contribute ideas about the ongoing development of the website and mobile applications. If you think you fit the bill, or know someone who might be interested in this exciting opportunity, there is more information on our website. The deadline for applications is Monday 19 June.

 Spurn Young Birder of the Year

The Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder of the Year 2017 is open to aspiring young birders across the UK. The initial round involves an online questionnaire that explores the entrants' birding experience, record keeping and understanding of conservation issues.

If you know a young birder who will be 16 or under in September, they can take part in the competition by completing the online entry form. Finalists must be available to travel to Spurn on 9 September, and be accompanied by a responsible adult.

2016 winner George Dunbar, with Andy Clements and Mike Dilger (Image by SBOT)

2016 winner George Dunbar, with Andy Clements and Mike Dilger (Image by SBOT)

Spotted Flycatchers by Niall Anderson

Spotted Flycatchers by Niall Anderson

Focus on... Spotted Flycatchers

Spotted Flycatchers are one of the last migrants to arrive back into Britain and Ireland, with the reporting rate on BirdTrack peaking in mid June. The species has been undergoing a long-term decline since the 1970s, mainly caused by decreased survival. The largest declines have been in central and eastern England, though all areas have been affected.

Several Bird Clubs are making a special effort to keep tabs on this species at a local level. For example, the Cambridgeshire Bird Club is repeating its Spotted Flycatcher survey of the last two years. You can help by logging your Spotted Flycatcher sightings with breeding evidence into BirdTrack.

Six countries join EuroBirdPortal

Now in its third year, EuroBirdPortal continues to expand with six new countries joining the project in April. The new partners are ornithological societies based in Estonia, Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria and Hungary.

The popular demonstration viewer will be updated with data from these new regions later in the year, which will expand the coverage of the portal to the eastern European bird flyway. This is especially useful for east Mediterranean migrants such as Lesser Whitethroat. Work is also well under way to add data for last year, so keep an eye on the site for updates.

Good birding,

Nick Moran and Stephen McAvoy

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