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Aves, 45/4 | 2008 | 217-232

  Observations from December 2007 to February 2008
Centrale Ornithologique Aves, Groupe de travail "Chroniques"

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2007-2008 was another very mild winter. Many species were relatively infrequent (many waterbirds, Wood Pigeons, Skylarks, Tree Sparrows, Bramblings, Redpolls, Crossbills, and other finches) or returned to their usual rarity (Bearded Tits and Waxwings). On the other hand, the winter was notable for egrets, Bewick’s Swans, Gadwalls, Tufted Ducks and Goldeneyes, whereas the number of Great Cormorants tended to be stable. The small number of Caspian Gulls seemed to come from Poland judging from the ringed birds. The mild winter permitted birds very sensitive to freezing weather, such as Lapwings and some Golden Plovers, to stay. Water Pipits and White Wagtails were also frequent and widespread, more so than Black Redstarts, Stonechats, Chiffchaffs, Firecrests, and especially Blackcaps who remained very rare during this season. Song Thrushes were also present, except in the Ardennes. Among the rarer visitors, several Great Northern Divers, two Ring-necked Ducks, four Ferruginous Ducks, a Long-tailed Duck in the Hainaut, and a Rough-legged Buzzard in the south of Luxembourg province, as well as a young White-tailed Eagle in the same province and Iceland and Glaucous Gulls were recorded. Velvet Scoters, several Scaups, Marsh Harriers, Great Black-backed Gulls, and Bullfinches, as well as several Penduline Tits, were observed, probably migrating in February. Note also the observation of Dippers, Tree Creepers, and Great Grey Shrikes outside their nesting zones.

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