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News Pallid Harrier breeds in Western Europe for the first time
Rarity finders Grey-tailed Tattler in the Azores
RSPB Crowdfunding appeal launched to replace hides at Snettisham
Butterfly Conservation Critical summer for UK butterflies
News RSPCA warns about fishing litter as it rescues Northern Gannet in Wales
Research Seaside Sparrows at risk from increasing predators and rising seas
Featured tour Autumn rarity-finding in Shetland
Special offer: Tales of a Ludicrous Bird Gardener by Bill Oddie
Photo of the Week 12–18 July
Review of the Week 12–18 July
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Important service announcementThe BirdGuides website will be offline for much of Thursday 20 July while we carry out essential updates and service improvements. During this period we ask for your patience, and don't worry: we will be posting all bird news on our Twitter feed (@BirdGuides) tomorrow while the work is carried out.

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News Pallid Harrier breeds in Western Europe for the first time Pallid Harrier breeds in Western Europe for the first time
The first pair of Pallid Harriers to breed in Western Europe has raised four young in the Netherlands this summer.
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 Grey-tailed Tattler in the AzoresRarity finders Grey-tailed Tattler in the Azores
Josh Jones' July visit to Terceira highlighted why it is never safe to rest on your laurels while birding in the Azores, even in the middle of summer.
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RSPB Crowdfunding appeal launched to replace hides at Snettisham Crowdfunding appeal launched to replace hides at Snettisham
The RSPB has launched its first-ever crowdfunding appeal in an attempt to raise £120,000 to replace two hides at Snettisham, Norfolk, which were destroyed by coastal storms.
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 Critical summer for UK butterfliesButterfly Conservation Critical summer for UK butterflies
Sir David Attenborough has warned that UK butterflies face a critical summer after a string of poor years that have seen the numbers of many common species decline.
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News RSPCA warns about fishing litter as it rescues Northern Gannet in Wales RSPCA warns about fishing litter as it rescues Northern Gannet in Wales
The animal charity has warned of the dangers of discarded fishing gear after rescuing a Northern Gannet in Rhyl.
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 Seaside Sparrows at risk from increasing predators and rising seasResearch Seaside Sparrows at risk from increasing predators and rising seas
New research has found that increasing predator numbers and rising sea levels put the squeeze on breeding Seaside Sparrows.
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Featured tour Autumn rarity-finding in Shetland Autumn rarity-finding in Shetland
There's no better place in Britain to look for rarities during migration than Shetland. The islands reach their peak in late September and early October, when recent major rarities such as Siberian Rubythroat, Siberian Accentor, Thick-billed Warbler and Cape May Warbler have all turned up. Almost anything is possible, so once again this autumn we'll be returning to enjoy some prime-time birding in the Northern Isles — book now to guarantee your trip.
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Special offer: Tales of a Ludicrous Bird Gardener by Bill Oddie
: by Bill OddieSpecial offer price: £15.99 (SRP: £16.99)

In this garden-based autobiography of Britain's best-known birder, Bill covers his personal relationship with the gardens he has known throughout his life, from his "sink full of mud" childhood yard in industrial Rochdale in the 1940s, through to his current north London garden, described in the press as "probably the most bizarre back garden in Britain".

This new title features plenty of eccentric characters and stories; such as the 'feng shui fox' who constantly rearranged the ornaments, 'Limpy', the one-legged single-parent Great Tit, and one memorable nightmarish occasion when more than 50 rats came to visit!

The book is not an instructional guide on 'how to be a ludicrous gardener', although it may well prove inspirational to others to give it a go. What is certain, though, is that Bill's entertaining take on gardening for birds makes compelling reading.
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Photo of the Week 12–18 July 12–18 July
Richard Stonier's clean shot of a tricky subject, a female King Eider in flight, caught Steve Young's eye this week.
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Review of the Week 12–18 July

It was a week for welcome reappearances, in particular the first-summer female Amur Falcon in Cornwall. After a couple of unconfirmed rumours from localities within the county, Monday's report from St Buryan was understandably met with some scepticism, but happily proved legitimate. Although it disappeared from there during the warm afternoon hours, it was back on the outskirts of the village by early evening and showed until sunset. Given that it's now been in Cornwall almost a fortnight, perhaps a lengthy stay is on the cards — the big question is whether the bird will remain co-operative enough to show from public rights of way and not lose itself in the myriad of sloping hills and valleys of West Cornwall? Currently, the answer appears to be 'no', with negative news throughout 18th.

Amur Falcon
Amur Falcon, St Buryan, Cornwall (Photo: Jim Hutchins)

News from Fair Isle that a Swinhoe's Storm Petrel was trapped in the early hours of 14th was welcome, but was far from surprising given the island's run with this species in recent summers. It transpired that the caught individual was the first bird from 2013, not seen again there until 14–15 August 2016 (when it was trapped on consecutive nights). So far it hasn't reappeared and its form in previous years suggests it's unlikely to be twitchable.

Swinhoe's Storm Petrel
Swinhoe's Storm Petrel, Fair Isle, Shetland (Photo: Ciaran Hatsell)

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