06:00, 23 FEB 2016
Bird Notes columnist Julian Hughes of RSPB Conwy reveals what birds have been spotted in the past week and where to go birding in the coming days
Many birders keep lists: the birds they’ve seen in their lifetime; birds seen in
Britain, or in their home
county; and some keep a “year-list” too.
The keeper of the British List, on which all these are based, is the British Ornithologists’ Union (BOU), a panel of experts who assess the sightings.
Last week, the BOU heralded a numeric milestone, with admission of the 600th species to the British List.
The Yelkouan Shearwater breeds on seacliffs in the eastern Mediterranean and winters in the
A few fly west into the Atlantic, and one of these birds was spotted off the south coast of
This is a possible visitor to
so seabird enthusiasts should gen up on the finer points of their
identification before next autumn.