We would welcome details of birds you have seen in the four counties of the West Midland region. All contributors are asked to follow our guidelines for record submission . All records should be sent to the relevant County Recorder as soon as possible after observation. Concise, though adequate, field descriptions (including how the species was identified, the circumstances of the sighting and the observer's experience of the species) should accompany records of all 'Category A' species (marked as A in the 'Details' column of the checklist). An exception to this are geese which are known to be of feral origin. In addition, descriptions are required for all out-of-season migrants, unusual hybrids and scarce sub-species, including Scandinavian Rock Pipit, Blue-headed Wagtail and other flava race wagtails, White Wagtail (autumn only), Black-bellied Dipper, Greenland Wheatear and Chiffchaff races.
[1^] Originally set out in the booklet 'A Checklist of the Birds of the West Midlands and a Guide to Status and Record Submission' (second edition, 1989)
Our recorders are happy to receive records by e-mail. Our Staffordshire recorder is also happy for you to use BirdTrack, a partnership between the BTO, the RSPB and others, or to submit records electronically using your computer, in a number of formats.
Records may also be submitted on paper, on our record slips, which are available from the Club Secretary (please enclose an SAE); at Branch indoor meetings, or in this PDF file which you may download and print (you will need a (free) PDF reader if you don't already have one).
Many bird studies involve "ringing" birds (called "banding" in the USA). This involves attaching rings to birds' legs, or tags to their wings. These do not harm the birds. If you see or find a bird (even a dead one) with one or more rings, on one or both legs, or tags on its wings, and can read them or make out their colours, please use the BTO bird ring reporting page (which also has pictures with example rings). Once you hear back from the organisation which ringed the bird, then please send us the details, using the above methods. Take appropriate hygiene precautions if handling dead birds.
Ornithology in Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire & the West Midlands county, since 1929.
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