Saturday, February 12, 2011

11th February, 2011. BTO Atlas.

A pretty miserable day with rain and mist throughout that set aside the possibility of any worthwhile birding. Used part of the time to get some long overdue results loaded onto the BTO Atlas database, with more to follow. The Winter Atlas is now in its last season and "mopping up" activities are the order of the day. Recently a party from the Army Ornithological Society , arranged by Roger Dickey, raced up from southern England to spend an intensive "survey weekend" on Jura, thankfully missing the spells of poor weather we've experienced recently. Many thanks, guys, and we look forward to your return visit in spring!

Spring will herald the final Atlas Breeding Bird season too and, again, focus is on gaps and getting records of the distribution of more difficult species. Certainly not the time to "let up" in any way , indeed the way to look at it is to carry out remaining work with renewed vigour in order to then celebrate its completion!! Anyone coming up here on holiday is encouraged to submit their records. Please don't assume it's been done as there could be the odd pair of birds or lone singing male in a tetrad or 10 km. square which has been overlooked!!!

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