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Ring-necked Parakeets

The Records Committee has decided to add this species to Category C of the County List, as it seems highly likely that at least some of our birds originate from the established feral populations elsewhere in the country (as has been proved by DNA analysis of birds in the Birmingham area), and they have now bred successfully several times around Leicester.

This of course means that they are now 'tickable' for your county list - would everyone on the Listing page who has seen them in the county please let Andy Mackay know so that he can update the lists. If you haven't seen one (or have only seen one years ago that may have been an escapee), up to 6 have been in Western Park early mornings (usually around the tennis courts/bowling green area), and another 6 in Evington, although these have been elusive recently. Delaware Road early mornings and evenings is the best bet at the moment until someone finds out where they go during the day! There was also a small flock in Birstall near the canal in the vicinity of the White Horse pub in the winter.

Latest Decisions

The latest decisions by the Records Committee can be viewed in spreadsheet form here. As usual, a few records were considered to be Not Proven; this is almost always because the description submitted did not fully rule out other similar species. Please consider when submitting descriptions whether you have satisfactorily ruled out all other confusion species, in some cases including rarer species which may occur!

Breeding Birds

As it’s well into the breeding season for most birds I would like to remind everyone to add comments in their records for any evidence of breeding. We are especially looking for records of where Swifts are breeding this year.

If you are fortunate enough to find a rare breeding bird please think carefully about who you share the news with. The first point of contact for any new discovery of a rare breeding bird in Leicestershire & Rutland should be myself as the Bird Recorder please email me at cdbaggott@gmail.com. Then if need be I can try and take any action that may be required, such as informing the landowner and negotiating with them to ensure that the birds are not disturbed by their activities. Of course many scarce and rare breeding bird sites are known to many of you, but I still urge you to avoid publicising the whereabouts of known Schedule 1 breeding birds.

During the breeding season I would treat two birds together of the same species as potential breeders, especially if they are clearly male and female. Remember the welfare of the bird comes before year ticks or county ticks. As a result everyone should understand that from time to time there might be a need for secrecy. Also remember that birds such as Corn Bunting, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Turtle Dove and Willow Tit are now very rare breeding birds in the county. It is over a year since the last confirmed sighting of a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, so it may no longer be a resident breeding bird.

A list of rare breeding birds which should be kept confidential can be found here (Word file).

Recording

The number of records we are receiving has dropped slightly over the last few months. Whatever the reason is, please try and rekindle a bit of enthusiasm for recording your sightings. All records are important to us and with that in mind I have decided to drop the thresholds that were set for some of the common species. That way hopefully everyone can get involved. We don’t just want records of rare birds. It is disappointing to report that not one record has been received from any of the new members who have joined the Society in 2017 and so far in 2018. Please don’t hesitate to ask either Brian Moore b_moore@ntlworld.com or myself cdbaggott@gmail.com if you need help in setting yourself up to send your records to us. For information on recording please go to: http://www.lros.org.uk/birdrecording.htm.

Can I also remind everyone that, although we do our best to capture all the records we can, it is down to you all to make sure your records are received and entered into the database. Just sending a message via WhatsApp will not guarantee your sighting makes it in to the Annual Report. It certainly won’t enter the records if you don’t identify yourself fully!

Many thanks to all those who continue to send in records.

Carl Baggott
County Bird Recorder

Location, location, location!

In cases where photos or sound recordings are the sole proof of the identification of a bird (particularly in the case of sound recordings) these must be accompanied by satisfactory proof that the photos/recordings were obtained where they are claimed to have been obtained. This may take the form of additional photos clearly showing an identifiable location, or ideally files tagged with location information, which is possible with most modern imaging/recording equipment.

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