- Malpass, M and J. An appetite and a half [Extraordinary photo essay featuring a Goosander battling to eat a Pike]
- Harbard, C. Beck from the dead. [The definitive rediscovery of Beck’s Petrel Pseudobulweria becki]
- Grantham, M. Regular returns [Everything you wanted to know about spring migration - part one]
- Vinicombe, K E. Purple Heron [How to ensure you recognise one when you see it]
- Mitchell, D. Protecting the Priolo [A look at the plight of the Azores Bullfinch Pyrrhula murina and how you can help to save it]
- Howlett, D. A volunteer abroad [How one man worked as a field volunteer on the Azores Bullfinch project]
- Marven, N. On location: watching wood owls [A tale of South African owls and other birds]
- Young, S. East is best, not west [How much better England’s east coast is than its west in winter]
Birdwatch Big Day 2008 – how to take part
Reader holiday – Azores 7-14 October 2008
- Find your own ... White Wagtail
- On the move – raptors return
- Past rarities – remember these?
- Tip from the top – Bill Thompson III
- Must see – Pied Flycatcher
- BTO/CJ Garden Birdwatch – How to sex a Dunnock
- What's on - April events
- Optical events - April guide
- Birding courses and workshops
- April high-tide tables for Britain and Ireland
Where to watch birds
- Taylor, D. Christchurch Harbour, Dorset
- Archer, P. Waterford, Ireland
- Dee Estuary, Cheshire and Flintshire
News and related items
News digest – nine species added to the new British list; Corn Buntings recover; road threat to Socotran wildlife.
Fraser, M. ListCheck - updating the world view of birds. [Relationships: Widowbirds and bishops Euplectes spp. National lists: Senegal, Congo-Brazzaville and São Tomé and Principe; Subspecific status: Dunlin Calidris alpina]
Tools of the trade
Product review: Viewranger mapping tool for smartphones.
Internet: top of the blogs; what’s new on the net; good migrations.
Book and DVD reviews and previews: Birds of Wiltshire by James Ferguson-Lees et al (Wiltshire Ornithological Society); Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds Volume 7, edited by P J Higgins, J M Peter and S J Cowling (Oxford University Press); Birdwatching in England (DVD) by Paul Doherty (Bird Images); A Life in Detail by Terance James Bond (Langford Press); Images from Birding by Michael Warren (Langford Press); and Book shelf – Sue Monahan’s look at the latest releases.
Accounts of recent rarities in Britain and Ireland
Bastin, N. King Eider is Devon’s first [King Eider Somateria spectabilis Appledore, Devon, from 19 February 2008]
Harbard, C. Winter warblers: a new trend? [Rare Phylloscopus warblers: February 2008]
Monthly highlights summary: February 2008
Monthly round-ups from eight regions in Britain, and from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, January 2008, including photos of Franklin’s and Mediterranean Gulls Larus pipixcan and L melanocephalus, Bitterns Botaurus stellaris, Firecrests Regulus ignicapillus, dark-breasted Barn Owl Tyto alba guttata, Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus, Black-bellied Dipper Cinclus cinclus cinclus, Ross’s Goose Anser rossii, Ring-billed and American Herring Gulls Larus delawarensis and L smithsonianus, Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius, Black Brant Branta (bernicla) nigricans.
Highlights summary for the Western Palearctic in January 2008, including photos of Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor in the Canary Islands, Blue-winged Teal Anas discors and Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla in the Azores, Hume’s Warbler Phylloscopus humei in Italy, and Pygmy Owl Glaucidium passerinum in The Netherlands.
Birds of Britain: the Complete Checklist by Dominic Mitchell and Keith Vinicombe. Second edition, fully up to date to March 2008, with nine new species added (all with detailed supporting evidence), plus a further 23 updated accounts for species at variance with the BOU list, and an 18-page tick list (with 12 columns per species). SRP: £3 when sold separately.