GENERAL BIRD LINKS
Based here in England, this is an absolutely first-rate site providing tons of info on birds and birding activities across the globe, both on and off the internet. Bo Beolens (right) seems to devote his entire time to ensuring that his site is up to date. Fatbirder is a remarkable achievement and an essential bookmark.
>> Click on the pic for Bo's bio page.
My favourite and possibly the best Euopean birders' forum. Incredibly active, you can get a bird id within minutes from knowledgeable members. Not confined to European birds either. As of July 2007, 62,000 members, approaching 1 million posts, and 2,000-3,000 people online at any one time!! Well worth keeping a tab on.
Quite a lot of material here, including recent results of the Breeding Bird Survey (carried out with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and RSPB). For an online summary table (as opposed to pdf) click on "BBS results for 2006 now available" under the Turtle Dove pic.
Gary Ritchison's pages at Eastern Kentucky University (ca 2004)
Course notes for an Ornithology module at EKU, these pages are seriously good reading for anyone wanting to get their heads around what makes birds tick. Long, well-written, lavishly illustrated with pics and movies and with hundreds of links, you could spend weeks on these pages. This is internet-based information at its best. The individual course topics, each with its own page, are listed below. To reach them go to the Ornithology course main page. (Gary Ritchison teaches seven other courses -- for details see his home page.)
Introduction to Birds
Bird Flight I
Bird Flight II and Other Means of Locomotion
The Geography of Birds I
The Geography of Birds II
Digestive System: Food & Feeding Habits
Energy Balance & Thermoregulation
Nervous System: Brain & Senses I
Nervous System: Brain & Senses II
Territorial & Colonial Behavior
Avian Reproduction I: Anatomy & the Bird Egg
Avian Reproduction II: Nests
Avian Reproduction III: Clutch Size, Incubation, & Hatching
I've only just discovered (Jul 07) this amazing, wonderful illustrated six-page diary running from March to June this year. With beautiful photos and long text descriptions, it covers the nesting activities of a pair of Kingfishers near Cambridge, and ends with a thought-provoking discussion of the matter of approaching the nesting sites of Schedule 1 birds. Worth a website in itself.
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