Sulidae - Gannets and Boobies
The Gannets are a small family, comprising two groups of oceanic birds: the gannets themselves which breed in temperate waters and the boobies, which occur in the tropics. All breed colonially and feed on fish, which they dive for. Consequently, they have a streamlined, torpedo-shaped body with a stout dagger-like bill.
Only one species occurs regularly in Britain, the Northern Gannet, which breeds in about a score of colonies scattered around the coast. In 2007 a lone Masked Booby was reported in the English Channel.
Migration blog (23rd – 29th October)
Birdtrack organiser Scott Mayson and media manager Paul Stancliffe reveal what species have been on the move during the last week and what we can expect over the weekend and into next week.
What we can learn from 25 years of watching gardens
Exploring the value of a complete quarter-century of weekly garden bird observations from BTO's Garden BirdWatch covering the length and breadth of the country.