1998 in birding and ornithology
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- The Sangihe Scops Owl (Otus collari) is discovered in Indonesia.
- The Nicobar Scops Owl (Otus alius) is described from a specimen found in a museum drawer.
- The Wetland Tapaculo (Scytalopus iraiensis) is discovered in Brazil.
- Caspian Gull and Yellow-legged Gull should be considered separate species according to a paper by Lars Jonsson in the journal Alula.
- Black Woodpecker are expanding their breeding territory to the north and west and now breed in Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium and France.
- A record 160 pairs of Red Kites breed in Wales. 25 pairs breed in Scotland and 75 in England as reintroductions continue.
- Stone Curlews increase with at least 206 pairs breeding.
- 536 singing male Cetti's Warblers are heard at 168 sites in England, Wales and the Channel Islands.
- House Sparrow is placed on the "high alert" list of the British Trust for Ornithology after declining by about two-thirds in 25 years.
- A pair of Common Rosefinches breed in Cumbria.
Migrant and wintering birds
- Large numbers of Ring Ouzels are recorded in South-east England during October.
- Significant influxes of Great Grey Shrikes and Shore Larks take place in October.
- Britain's first Slender-billed Curlew is found in Northumberland in May.
- A Cretzschmar's Bunting in the Orkney Islands in May is the third for Britain.
- An Eastern Bonelli's Warbler in Shetland in August is the third to be accepted as definitely this species.
- Seven Surf Scoters found on the western seaboard of Europe between 13 and 29 October. One each in Quessant, Brittany and St Agnes, two in Ireland and three in Cornwall.
- The British Birdwatching Fair has Globally Threatened species as its theme for the year.