Several Garden BirdWatchers have recently reported to us Woodpigeons washing themselves in the rain. It is certainly quite a spectacle, with these portly birds lifting their wings to the sky in order to get a good soaking (as the Grandson of one Garden BirdWatcher put it 'washing under their arms'). In West Yorkshire, Garden BirdWatcher Joyce Sweet saw a Woodpigeon lifting its wing to expose its under-parts to hailstones - a real power shower! Rain-bathing can also be accompanied by bathing using water from beneath, as seen by Clarissa Stevens in Southampton (see photos).
Scottish Birdwatchers' Conference
Every year the Scottish Ornithologist's Club arrange a one-day Scottish Birdwatchers’ Conference, organised by a local branch of the SOC, in conjunction with BTO Scotland.
Bird ID (Residential, Berry Head, Devon)
Develop your bird identification skills on this weekend course for relative beginners and improvers. Expect a combination of indoor sessions covering the basics of bird identification and outdoor sessions to build your...