2003 in birding and ornithology

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The year 2003 in birding and ornithology.

See also 2002 in birding and ornithology, main events of 2003, other specialist lists of events in 2003 and 2004 in birding and ornithology.


New species[edit]

See also Bird species new to science described in the 2000s

To be completed

Taxonomic developments[edit]

To be completed





Breeding birds[edit]

To be completed

Migrant and wintering birds[edit]

  • 130 chiffchaff overwintered at St Austell, 50 at Helston and 25 at Countess Weir. All the sites were "old fashoned" sewage works where the micro climate and lush vegetation ensure plenty of insects through the winter[1]

Rare birds[edit]

Other events[edit]


To be completed

North America[edit]

  • An unprecedented movement of American robins in eastern North America on 8–9 November. Over 500,000 were recorded passing over Cape May after a deep low pressure system swept migrants into the north east of the United States[1]


  1. ^ a b Balmer, D. and Vickery, J. "Birds." In Branson, A. (2004) Wildlife Reports. British Wildlife 15: 204–7