The research showed that what was once a single population of birds known as blackcaps
has been split into two reproductively isolated groups in fewer than 30 generations, despite the fact that they continue to breed side by side in the very same forests.
The research team looked at the current migration patterns of European Sylvia warblers, a group of birds that are common residents and visitors to Europe, like the Blackcap
None other than Kiwi Blackcap
Daniel Vettori, supping ale with his English chums.
Basic food bars comprising of animal fats, seeds and sometimes insects, may attract more unusual visitors such as the tree creeper, goldcrest and blackcap
Woodland birds like the blackcap
and robin fared very well, with a 31% rise in numbers.
- a pair have been resident in the garden for a year but have not yet bred.
STEVE CULLEY Black Grouse Pic: KEITH OFFORD LOSER: The Ring Ouzel, a summer visitor, breeds in heather on steepsided valleys.
And the arrival and spread of the collared dove and melodic blackcap
are discussed in detail.
1 million birds from 80 different species were spotted, ranging from the common blackbird to the more unusual blackcap
And bird life is being affected too, with song thrushes being heard at Christmas, and species such as the chiffchaff and blackcap
increasingly wintering in the UK.
It is the best time for our resident species, most now into their second or third broods with recently fledged birds such as blackcap
, whitethroats, chiffchaffs and willow warblers now evident in the countryside.
Yellowhammers have also plunged by 34%, house sparrows by 20% and linnets by 14% Winners since 1995 in the region include woodpigeon, up 22%; swallow 32%; carrion crow 11%; blackcap
26%; goldfinch 44%; chaffinch 23%; greenfinch 21%; wren 31%; dunnock 34%; robin 28%; blackbird 35%, blue tit 2% and coal tit 32%.