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These links are to birdlines, networking sites, newsgroups and other forums. The pages also contain links to archives… where recent postings to such sites are stored.

I am not a Twitcher these days, but I do like to know what is about where and still like to see birds new to me or that I have not seen before in my home county. Newcomers to an area, or overseas visitors will, however, find such services invaluable not just for seeing rarities but in appreciating how birds move through an area and what sites are likely to hold good numbers or variety of birds.

These days there are choices from inertial systems such as pagers and internet or mobile telephone alerts that keep you abreast of birding news as it happens, to birdlines and digests, which you can consult when you are free to do some birding and want to know what's about.

Mailing lists and paging services also appear on their relevant geographical page.

Other Links

Angus Birding


The aim of this web site is to provide the Electronic Birding Community with information at there finger tips of what birds are currently about, primarily in the area of Angus and the Eastern Side of Scotland (Aberdeenshire, Highland & Fife). If there is something of interest fairly nearby, then that will get put on too! If you obvserve an interesting, rare or passage wild bird, then let the rest of us know about it by adding your sighting on the Noticeboard!

Bird Forum


The biggest and most active forum on the net… which I find hard to find my way around…



searchable by county and all accepted BB rarities.

Birding Australia Archive


BIRDING-AUS is a mailing list/discussion group for those with an interest in Australian wild birds. The list is unmoderated, and contributions are welcome from any person who wishes to discuss interesting sightings, bird identification, conservation or any topic from avian biology through to…

Birding Planner


Planning tool for birding trips around the county (or country equivalent) with ebird hotspots.

Birdline East Anglia


What's about? Simply phone 09068 700245 - Please report your bird sightings to phone/text 07941333970 or e birdnews@birdlineeastanglia.co.uk Calls to 09068 700245 cost 60p/min from a BT landline other networks may vary

Birdnet (UK)


They say… Birdnet Ltd - offering the birder the best value on Optics, Books & Outdoor Clothing as well as fast, efficient bird news to Pagers and Mobile Phones.

Birdnet (US)


WELCOME! BIRDNET provides information about ornithology, the scientific study of birds. The site is a service of the Ornithological Council, a public information organization involving ten North American professional ornithological societies. Click on any of the icons below to go to the home page for that society.


Facebook Page

ChatterBirds is a community connecting people with an interest in birds, conservation and the environment…

HispanAves el Foro sobre Ornitología y Desarrollo Sostenible


Todo sobre la ornitología de España y Europa [Spanish Bird Forum]

NARBA (N America)


Houston Audubon Society sponsors the North American Rare Bird Alert (NARBA); a subscription reporting service on rare birds occurring in the United States and Canada. Funds generated by NARBA subscriptions help in supporting the society`s extensive refuge system on the Upper Texas Coast.

Photograph Bird Database


Send in your sightings from anywhere and view those of others.

Rare Bird Alert


Rare Bird Alert is the longest running instant bird news service. Experienced birders man the RBA office 15 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year… Pagers and on-line news etc. Fatbirder recommended

Ticks & Good Birds


After more than 25 years of birding abroad, trying to see the best birds in the various countries I visited, I know now that all my holidays would have been better spent if I would have had: A local birding hotline…updated every day, with all the latest info, where I can have access to others’ sightings, where I can ask questions and where I can share with others my own observations. Now it’s possible…