Birds

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Swooping, soaring, murmurating: why the skies are full of starlings
Apparent increase in large flocks, or murmurations, in the UK may be the result of temperatures as low as -40C in Russia

Robyn Vinter

07, Mar, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Birdsong in a Time of Silence by Steven Lovatt review – lockdown's high notes
An illustrated record begun in the ‘strangest spring’ of 2020 celebrates the enduring beauty and culture of birdlife

PD Smith

06, Mar, 2021 @7:30 AM

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Country diary: a natural amphitheatre allows birds to perform
Knotbury, Staffordshire: A snatch of robin song, the cry of a raven a mile off, and the mating calls of red grouse punctuate an otherwise still, wintry day

Mark Cocker

06, Mar, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Wisdom the albatross, the world's oldest known wild bird, has another chick at age 70
The remarkable bird has outlived mating partners, and even the biologist who first placed a band on her in 1956

Natasha May

05, Mar, 2021 @6:27 AM

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Country diary: our evening walk is serenaded by the curlew's vibrato cry
Langstone, Hampshire: Many species of wader feed at night, and although we can’t see them, we know we are surrounded

Claire Stares

05, Mar, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: male wood pigeon has one thing on his mind
Crook, County Durham: With hopping, strutting and wide parabolic flights across the garden, this male is going to great lengths to win over a disdainful consort

Phil Gates

03, Mar, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: a dipper in the shadows of the Devon Expressway
Plymouth, Devon: The sighting takes me by surprise. This is a species I am used to seeing along Dartmoor’s tumbling torrents to the north

Charlie Elder

02, Mar, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Wind power company vows to help save critically endangered California condor
The condor, a vulture threatened by giant wind turbines, may be helped by energy company’s breeding project

Richard Luscombe

01, Mar, 2021 @2:05 PM

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A birder's calendar: where and when to watch Australia's breeding and migration seasons
From heritage-listed rainforests to sewage treatment plants, spotting Australia’s abundant birdlife is always an adventure

Susan Gough Henly

01, Mar, 2021 @2:43 AM

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Geordie shore: the river Tyne's 'soft, gentle' kittiwakes fly into trouble
The gull that ‘won’t eat your fish and chips’ is about to make its annual return to the UK – but a favourite nesting spot is under threat

Jessica Brown

27, Feb, 2021 @7:30 AM

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'Strange pale penguin': rare yellow and white bird discovered among king penguins in Atlantic
Photographer says he won ‘nature’s lottery’ when he spotted unique bird among thousands of animals on a beach on the South Georgia islands

Rafqa Touma

26, Feb, 2021 @6:14 AM

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Black-browed babbler found in Borneo 180 years after last sighting
Exclusive: Stuffed specimen was only proof of bird’s existence until discovery in rainforest last year

Patrick Barkham

25, Feb, 2021 @6:00 AM

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