Ayrshire Breeding Birds Survey 1991-97

Atlas ExampleThe Ayrshire’s Breeding Birds Survey 1991-97 is the result of many hours field-work by many observers and probably even longer analysis by Angus Hogg.  Separate maps have been produced for over 130 breeding species giving their distribution and abundance, with a commentary by Angus on the latest status.  Not only is this an important historical resource, it also provides a comparison with the results to appear in the new BTO Atlas. Details on how to interpret the maps and some background information is given in the Ayrshire’s Breeding Birds Survey 1991-97 page.  The maps themselves are accessible from the Ayrshire Species List (select it from the menu) and then click on the icon beside the species name.

Winter Meetings Programme

It seems very odd to talk about Winter meetings in this decent Summer weather but the programmes for the Ayrshire branches of the SOC and SWT have now been posted on the Events page.

Update 16-Aug: I’ve just received the programme for the RSPB Central Ayrshire group and their joint outdoor programme with the Ayrshire SOC Group.  Tony Scott has also sent in this summer’s issue of the “Gannet” in two parts.

Update 1-Sep: Tony Scott has also sent in this summer’s issue of the Stonechat.

Summer Photos 2013

My thanks to Angus Hogg and Dave Grant for sending in some photos for the Photo Gallery. Angus also managed to get another photo onto the Ayrshire Species List with his picture of Sand Martin. However, to prove that this site isn’t just interested in the common-place stuff, Angus’s series of pictures of a Common Rosefinch that turned up in his garden also made the cut! This was only the third record for Ayrshire for this species. The Editor’s comment: “What’s wrong with my garden?” Dave’s photos mostly came from his PhD field-work on Lady Isle: I’ve include the juvenile Shags because they almost look cute.

Spring 2013 Photos

My thanks to Angus Hogg and Jamie McPike for sending in some photos for the Photo Gallery. Angus also managed to get two photos onto the Ayrshire Species List with his picture of Long-tailed Skuas and a White Wagtail (OK, it’s a sub-species – but that excites some weird people). However, Jamie didn’t miss out as his Garganey picture replaced the previous entry: standards just keep getting better. (As always, the Editor’s decision is final: bribes are accepted though.)

March 2013 Photos

My thanks to Angus Hogg and Dave Grant for sending in some photos for the Photo Gallery. I’ve also included (yet another) Waxwing photo I took using my phone just to show what is now possible.

February Issue of “Stonechat”

StonechatThe February 2013 issue of Stonechat, the club newsletter of the Ayrshire Branch of the SOC is now available: click here to download it .  The Editor, Tony Scott, would like to mention that there are still a couple of places available on the Raptor Migration (to Southern Spain) trip in September: full details are in the itinerary .

UK Web Archive

ukwa-logo-150As you may know, this website has been going since June 2000, and so is one of the oldest, continually updated local birding web-sites on the web. Over the years it has built up a collection of useful information and it seemed like a good idea to preserve it.  The British Library has a project called UK Web Archive and as they say:

“There are millions of UK websites. They are constantly changing and even disappearing. Often they contain information that is only available online. Responding to the challenge of a potential “digital black hole” the UK Web Archive is there to safeguard as many of these websites as practical. Its purpose is to collect, preserve and give permanent access to key UK websites for future generations.”

The Ayrshire Birding web site is about to be added to this archive, so you can now rest easy knowing that all this stuff will be available for your descendants to peruse.


First 2013 Photos

My thanks to Angus Hogg and Alan Mathewson for sending in the first batch of photos in 2013 for the Photo Gallery. Here is a sample:

However, as Angus points out:

“The redpolls are interesting – I’m pretty sure they’re the Mealy Redpoll sub-species of Common Redpoll, but others may wish to comment.  They may be the so-called North-western Redpoll.  They’re not Lessers, the photos showing a largely greyish bird, with a white greater-covert wing bar, and very white on the breast/belly area.  However, this species is a work in progress and some observers may have other ideas on these.”

I’m sure he’d be very interested in your comments.  You can email him by clicking here.

New Year Resolution

The more observant of you might have noticed a change in the appearance of the Ayrshire Birding web-site.  After last year’s defacing of the site by the pill-peddlers I was looking at moving to a different platform with better security and this is the result. For those who care about these things we are now using WordPress and its new theme that allows content to be displayed well on those nice tablets and smartphones that Santa brought, as well as the normal desktop PCs.  It is a work in progress so bear with me while I play and you explore.

And for a New Year Resolution: now is a great time to collate all your 2012 sightings to send to the County Recorder for inclusion in the Bird Report.