2003 in birding and ornithology

The year 2003 in birding and ornithology.

Years in birding and ornithology: 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Centuries: 20th century · 21st century · 22nd century
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s 2030s
Years: 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
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 speciesEdit

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

To be completed

Taxonomic developmentsEdit

To be completed





Breeding birdsEdit

To be completed

Migrant and wintering birdsEdit

  • 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 birdsEdit

Other eventsEdit


To be completed

North AmericaEdit

  • 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