A Bird Report Published For 2020 On The 1st January 2021 Yes Really Anglesey Bird News

I have always loved bird reports since I was a kid and used to collect them avidly even though the records they contained were often very out of date, it was a thirst for information about bird sightings. Living in North Wales it was the local Cambrian Ornithological Society Bird Reports which were my most prized and I would read and re-read them over and over dreaming of ever seeing some of the birds mentioned in the report. It was also a way for a young birdwatcher to try and work out what to look for in those information starved days so even though I never saw any I knew September was the time to look out for Curlew Sandpipers for example.

Well time and information technology has moved on a long way since I was a young birder and Bird Reports are still produced but sadly I don't anticipate them as much as I used to. The wealth of bird information availible now via Apps, the internet, WhatsApp groups and more allows us to see the birding year unfold everyday. But it is still great to have a review of the year's records to refer to and compare with previous years and of course try and help predict when certain birds may arrive, impossible to hold all that information in your head, so there is certainly still a place for the Bird Report. But sadly so often due to many and varied reasons, but often a lack of man power, modern Bird Reports are published long after the the records were submitted.

Enter a new style of report literally published yesterday the first of January 2021 covering the birds seen on Anglesey in 2020! Yes you read that right that fast an amazing achievement by Martin Jones who runs Anglesey Bird News Twitter account. Martin has complied the report as the year has gone along even producing a weekly summary published on his website detailing sightings from this wonderful part of North Wales. This enabled Martin to finsh the report on the last day of the year! What an amazing effort congratulations Martin. And the good news is you can obtain a copy very easily via email from Martin. The following was posted on Anglesey Bird News yesterday...

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda / Happy New Year - hope 2021 brings you good health and great birding. 1st copies of Annual Bird Report already sent out as PDF. e-mail


for a copy. Suggested min. don. of £4 to the Bangor Bird Group’s.


Do get hold of a copy and support Martin and Bangor Bird Group and hopefully this will inspire others to produce similar reports for their areas while the records are still fresh rather than old news. I hope so!

I have just paid for my copy and it was fast and easy to do, Martin has suggested a £4 donation - all monies to Bangor Bird Group - but if you can chip in a bit more I think it is well worth it. Producing a Bird Report for 2020 on the 1st of January 2021 is amazing.

Anglesey has started 2021 in fine style with Yellow-browed Warbler and Rose-coloured Straling amongst well over 100 species of birds already recorded, Martin is going to be busy....

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