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Long Range Migration - Creative Commons

Many migration studies use modern techniques combining radio transmitters with satellite tracking. The studies involve both very scare and quite common species and have recently uncovered a great deal of information regarding both routes and en route feeding and hidden wintering grounds etc.

I was just reading an article extolling the virtues of "viz mig" otherwise known as visible migration. It really is a joy to see and can be a treat in an unlikely circumstance. last year, for example, I was waiting in a town centre in SE England whilst my wife shopped. Looking up (this was late september) I saw a few swallows passing south over the high street. 20 minutes later I was up to 800 - that afternoon others reported many thousands of swallows on the move. A joy to marvel at.

Migration may not be spectacular and rarity oriented. watching your local patch at migration times brings the frisson of finding less common birds, or even just ones not common to the patch. A sudden influx of Scandinavian Robins can be as exciting as finding a true rarity.

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Useful Reading

Bird Migration - A General Survey

[Second Edition 2001] by Peter Berthold ? Translated by Hans-Gunther Bauer & Valerie Westhead ? OUP
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ISBN: 0198507879

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Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds

by Scott Weidensaul Paperback 432 pages Henry Holt & Co 2000

ISBN: 0865475911

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Migration Hotspots: The World's Best Bird Migration Sites

By Tim Harris and Christopher Perrins | 224 pages | colour photos, colour maps | Bloomsbury Publishers | Hardback | Aug 2013

ISBN: 9781408171172

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The Avian Migrant: The Biology of Bird Migration

by John H Rappole | Columbia University Press | Hardback | 512 pages, 109 figures | 2013 |

ISBN: 9780231146784

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The Migration Ecology of Birds

by Ian Newton Academic Press 2007 ISBN 9780125173674

ISBN: 169548

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BTO - Birdtrack


The online bird recording scheme to increase the personal, local and national value of your sightings…

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center


The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center is dedicated to fostering greater understanding, appreciation, and protection of the grand phenomenon of bird migration…



Migration counts and ringing records The Netherlands, Flanders and France…


Oxford Navigation Group


Our group's research focuses on behavioural and ecological aspects of animal navigation and spatial cognition, using a number of different species and a variety of state-of-the-art sensor technologies. We study the contribution of individual cognitive capabilities and navigational strategies, and of the ecological, sensory, and social environments to animal movement...

Other Links

700 - Bird Migrations


Notes on bird migrations; especially in Southern Indiana

ARRCN Asian Raptor Migration WebPage


This web site is consisted by information of Asian raptor migration. Therfore, if you have some information on Asian raptor migration, please send me the data.We ask that the following raptor migration data be provided, at least.

Bird Monitoring in North America


The monitoring programs highlighted on these pages can be used to track changes in North American bird populations. These trends give conservationists, managers, citizens, and policy makers a window into the natural world and the health of environment. The patterns of increase and decrease are quantifications that can be tested against and compared to the subjective feelings we have on the status of birds in North America. Are more species increasing than decreasing? Are Eastern Bluebirds doing well or poorly? What do we know about shorebirds? Learn about these programs, use their data, participate in the counts, and write about the changes.

Birds of Prey


I'm most familiar with the migrations of Broad-winged Hawks, Mississippi Kites, and Red-tailed Hawks over the central and western Gulf Coast United States. The most exciting experience I've had was at Hazel Bazemore County Park in Corpus Christi, Texas, where tens of thousands of Broad-winged Hawks are visible in late September. If you spend a week or so there between the 19th and 28th of the month, I'll guarantee you'll be amazed at what you'll see.



BirdTrack is an exciting project, through a partnership between the BTO, the RSPB, Birdwatch Ireland and the Scottish Ornithologists' Club, that looks at migration movements and distributions of birds throughout Britain and Ireland. BirdTrack provides facilities for observers to store and manage their own personal records as well as using these to support species conservation at local, regional, national and international scales…

Convention on Migratory Species


… Conservation and effective management of migratory species of wild animals require the concerted action of all States within the national jurisdictional boundaries of which such species spend any part of their life cycle…

Hawk Migration Network of Japan


Hawk Migration Monitoring Throughout Japan - including Links to other Hawk Migration websites in Japan and beyond.

Hummingbird Migration


Get involved with hummingbird migration with the Perky-Pet® Hummingbird Migration Map! This interactive tool uses Google's map application right from inside our own Birdfeeders.com!

Journey North


Over 4,500 schools, representing more than 250,000 students, participated in the Spring, 2000 Journey North Program. These students are from all 50 U.S. States and 7 Canadian Provinces…

Lesser Golden Plover Migration


Shorebirds, like most of our waterfowl, nest on th arctic tundra and migrate to southern wintering grounds. Yet unlike waterfowl, many shorebirds -- sandpipers, plovers, godwits, curlews --- migrate beyond the confines of the North American continent…

Light Pollution - Bird Migration Friendly Lighting


Whether you call it Cut Off Lighting, Friendly Lighting, or Good Neighbor Lighting, it's common sense to choose lighting fixtures that cut glare, reduce sky glow and eliminate wasted energy dollars. Many communities are passing legislation to enforce environmentally sound outdoor lighting practices, but you don't need legislation to use courtesy and common sense when buying and installing light fixtures.

Light Pollution - FLAP [Fatal Light Awareness Program]


What to with night light to prevent migration casualties.

Migration Information


One of the best parts of birdwatching is bird migration. Watching the sun rise and see the birds fly over…



Migration is not just something we observe in birds but part of our own nature…

Operation Migration


A new generation of Whooping crane chicks has hatched and are currently in training…

Satellite Tracking of Endangered Birds


The Patuxent Wildlife Research Centre, and the Direct Readout group of the Applied Information Sciences Branch (Code 935) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre are working together on a project to monitor the migration routes of several endangered species using satellite tracking

Shorebird Migration



Shorebird Migration Tracking


Shorebirds - the sandpipers and plovers - have something in common: long slender wings perfectly adapted for flights of incredible distance. Some shorebirds fly over a hundred thousand miles in their lifetime!

Telpost Breskens


This site contains recent counts of Viz-Mig at Breskens in the southwest of the Netherlands. Now in it`s twenty-first year the group is as fanatical as ever to man the post as often and as long as possible.

UK Migration Map


Migration maps for seven species (so far) including swallow and turtle dove.