Friday, 16 May 2014

Grey Partridge alive and well in Rocklands?

After Wednesday's chance encounter with one of the remnants of the UK's Turtle Dove population, my luck continued, bringing really good views of three pairs of Grey Partridge Perdix perdix in various parts of Rocklands. I only got on to the first bird when it was spooked by a pair of the much more common Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa I had been checking out in the morning near St. Peter's Church. The other two pairs were the result of an evening stroll on high ground in Rockland-all-Saints. This species is in a near identical situation to the dove and far less easy to find now.

The decline of the Grey Partridge Perdix perdix in the UK (BTO - ref. below)


Baillie, S.R., Marchant, J.H., Leech, D.I., Massimino, D., Eglington, S.M., Johnston, A., Noble, D.G., Barimore, C., Kew, A.J., Downie, I.S., Risely, K. & Robinson, R.A. (2014). BirdTrends 2013: trends in numbers, breeding success and survival for UK breeding birds. BTO Research Report No. 652. BTO, Thetford. 

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