It is not often you hear buntings compared to pigeons, but last week an excellent, yet worrying, scientific paper was published that shows massive declines in the once common and relatively widespread Yellow-breasted Bunting. The scale and speed of the decline has drawn comparisons to the infamous story of the Passenger Pigeon, so wonderfully told in a 'Message from Martha' by Dr Mark Avery .
The Basra Reed Warbler Acrocephalus griseldis is listed as Endangered by the IUCN, and its breeding range is largely restricted to the Mesopotamian Marshes in southern Iraq. In many ways it is a typical Acrocephalus warbler inhabiting reedbeds and marshy habitats, making itself known by a loud distinct song or call. So who would have guessed such a bird would have been at the centre of so much controversy in recent months? The reasons for such controversy are covered in the following published . .
OSME and OBC are delighted to announce we are joining forces to provide £2000 of funding for the further monitoring of White-headed Duck in Kazakhstan. ACBK, the BirdLife International partner in Kazakhstan is also collaborating with the Universities of Munster and Bielefeld, Germany, and combining components of the white-headed duck work with broader waterbird surveys - a truly collaborative project! International collaboration across political borders is increasingly important as an increasing number of migratory species are declining.
The OSME Summer Meeting and 37th AGM will be held at BTO Headquarters, Thetford, Norfolk on Saturday 4 July. Doors open 10.00 and talks start at 11.00. Come for coffee and meet old and new friends! Non-members welcome. No attendance charge. The Meeting theme is: Illegal bird killing in the OSME Region
We have again arranged a meal at the Mulberry restaurant in Thetford after the meeting. We hope you will be able to join us. Please contact Nick Moran via email firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile 07778 601996 – from whom further details can also be obtained.
We are a small, yet ambitious charity managed wholly by volunteers, and we are looking for a new Secretary to help with the running of the Society.
You must be able to commit to attending 3 Council meetings per year (usually held in Tring, Hertfordshire) and our AGM/Summer Meeting (usually held in Thetford, Norfolk). Availability and willingness to attend the annual Birdfair at Rutland Water in August is also preferable. The Secretary will work closely with all Trustees, but especially the Chairman and Treasurers. Key tasks include arranging
For a long time, the OSME library has been something of a mobile affair, housed by willing volunteers from OSME Council. In recent years, former Council member Guy Kirwan had the rather thankless task of looking after numerous box files of 'grey literature', including some rare and otherwise difficult-to-source material from the OSME region. However, with countless other books to store, Guy was out of space and asked OSME to seek a new home for the library.
Visitors can now buy books direct from NHBS, using the link below. OSME will receive a percentage from each sale. Thanks for supporting OSME.
OSME Email Group
OSMEBirdNet is an email discussion group covering birds and bird news in the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Join now and join in with this friendly and informative email group. To join send an empty email to: email@example.com
OSME Region Map
The map above shows the region and countries covered by OSME
Sandgrouse is published by OSME contains papers and short notes on the ornithology of the OSME region, provides bird and conservation news from the region and a comprehensive round up of bird sightings in the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia.