Month: February 2015

Countryfile

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Just a quick note to let everyone know that our Honorary President, Helen MacDonald will be appearing on Countryfile this Sunday, BBC1 at 7pm. “Ellie Harrison meets award-winning author Helen MacDonald and hears how Helen overcame personal grief through a love of goshawks and turned the experience into a literary smash.”
The programme should also appear here on iPlayer shortly afterwards.

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BTO bird identification

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Identifying some raptors from one another can be a difficult task, especially when you see a lone bird and have nothing to compare it to. The most common mistakes made by many birders, both new and experienced, are knowing the differences between the Buzzards, the differences between Kestrel and Merlin as well as the differences between Goshawk and Sparrowhawk.
On the BTO website you can find many bird identification videos, some of which are made about raptors. The following link will take you to the video created for support on identifying Goshawk from Sparrowhawk (http://www.bto.org/about-birds/bird-id). Below this video there are 6 more pages of ID guides and if you scroll through you can find videos on the misconceptions identified above. This is an extremely useful resource provided by the BTO which we hope many will find useful.

January records

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The GRMG website opened on December 16th 2014. Yesterday marked the end of our first complete calendar month of accepting records of raptor sightings. We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to submit their records, and we very much hope that people will continue to do so. A total of 179 records were submitted in the month of January, with a total of 242 birds recorded across 14 species Рnot a bad start for a fledgling group! At the top of the list, perhaps unsurprisingly, was the Common Buzzard with 73 records, followed by the Kestrel with 52, and the Sparrowhawk with 14 records.