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Red-flanked Bluetail, Wiltshire

A three-star vagrant that should be no closer than south-east Asia [...]

Iberian Green Woodpecker

The IOU world list split Iberian green woodpecker into its own species, Picus sharpei [...]

Las Lajas, Tenerife

This is renowned for the endemic blue chaffinch (Fringilla teydea) [...]

Italian Sparrow, Venice

Ten years ago in the southern Venetian Lagoon my 790th world species was Italian sparrow [...]

Morcombe & Linnaeus

At the Botanic Gardens in Perth, Michael Morcombe’s Australian field guide came into my life [...]

Bearded Tit, RSPB Minsmere

The bird isn’t a tit though. It’s near, but in a separate family – its own family moreover. [...]

2008: Goodbye, Perth (Western Australia)

A little further on from Subiaco is Bold Park and the western headquarters of Birds Australia. [...]

IOC Turns to IOU

The IOC has done the ultimate by renaming itself to the International Ornithological Union. [...]

Squacco Heron, Blagdon

Perched openly in a tree with its long black-bordered plumes, the heron put me in mind of Rod Stewart. [...]