Frequently, when it comes to deciding which natural areas get protection and which ones don’t, one sad reality surfaces: most of the lucky ones are the ones with no potential for urban, industrial or agricultural development. In other words, it is relatively easy to protect (at least on paper) a mountain range. Not so much a coastal area near a great city.
Having had the opportunity to (humbly) collaborate in the making of this extraordinary book, for what I am happy and grateful, I thought it would be nice to give it a quick review. Now, All the Birds of the World is already a commercial success (and will be for a long time, I’m sure), and thousands of people have it in their homes at this point…
Els ocells que apareixen lluny de la seva àrea de distribució, anomenats habitualment “rareses”, han despertat sempre un gran interès entre els ornitòlegs. Uns estudien aquest fenomen tan complex, per al qual de vegades es troba una explicació, però no sempre. Altres cerquen rareses per afegir-les a la seva llista personal d’espècies, o simplement per gaudir d’una observació excepcional.
English summary: Water pipit distribution in Catalonia throughout the year. This animation was generated using thousands of records added by observers to www.ornitho.cat, a citizen science portal run by the Catalan Ornithological Institute (ornitologia.org). Bottom-right shows each 15-day period, the blue line represents the 1800 meters above sea level in the Pyrenees.
Some friends went on a trip to the Canary Islands a few days ago. They are from Hong Kong and keen birders. On February 8th, during a short walk around “Parque de la Luz”, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, they were surprised by something unexpected: Red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus). Not one, but two and possibly three individuals.