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Bird Watching

July 2021
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Bird Watching is Britain’s best-selling birdwatching magazine. Each issue is packed with expert advice on when, where and how to see more birds, from common garden visitors to the most elusive rarities. There are features from some of British birdwatching’s best-known names, superbly illustrated by the work of the world’s best bird photographers, plus comprehensive coverage of all the latest sightings, guides to the best birdwatching sites, ID masterclasses, news and reviews of all the latest gear.

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1 min.
welcome

SIGN UP TODAY FOR 2021 #My200BirdYear challenge birdwatching.co.uk/my200 One of the most enjoyable things about editing Bird Watching – in normal times – is getting to travel around the UK, seeing new birding areas. When lockdown lifted, for example, I visited the Idle Washlands, on the Notts-Yorks border, and was thrilled by great views of the likes of a smart male Garganey, and plenty of waders. In this issue, we take a look at 100 of the best places to go birding in the UK, but remember, they’re just our selections – tell us where you think we should be including, and about the sites that you’ve discovered. After the last year, some of them may be very close to home indeed! So, start exploring, safely, and enjoy another great month’s birding. GET IN TOUCH: Bird…

1 min.
birding question

Ruth Miller: My site is my local patch, Great Orme’s Head in Llandudno, Wales: exciting birds and lovely coastal scenery. Tony Langford: Hayle Estuary, Cornwall. Its compact size enables close views of a wide variety of wildfowl, waders and gulls. David Lindo: I am always drawn back to my beloved (and currently partially decimated) Wormwood Scrubs in west London. David Chandler: I really like my local patch – Ouse Fen and thereabouts. Further afield – Minsmere and Titchwell.…

3 min.
your birding month

BIRD OF THE MONTH BLACK-NECKED GREBE The Black-necked Grebe is one of four species of grebe which regularly breed in the UK. The Great Crested Grebe and Little Grebe are widespread, both with about 5,000 nesting pairs. Slavonian Grebes breed in tiny numbers (about 30 pairs) at selected small and smallish lochs in the Highlands of Scotland. Meanwhile, further south, at selected sites scattered across England, up to 50 pairs of beautiful Black-necked Grebes attempt to raise their exquisite fluffy chicks. All our grebes are handsome birds in breeding plumage, but the Slavonian and Black-necked Grebes are the top challengers for the crown of most pleasing on the eye (their scarcity helps sway the judges...). Black-necked Grebes have dark rufous flanks and black backs, necks (of course) and heads, but with fluffy ear…

2 min.
five to find in july

twitter.com/BirdWatchingMag facebook.com/BirdWatchingMag RARITY RATINGS Common, widely distributed Localised – always a treat Very scarce or rare 1 CROSSBILL Crossbills breed very early in the year, and later disperse, often widely, in search of the ripest, tastiest seeds from cones of conifers (generally favouring non-native species such as the spruces and Western Hemlock, rather than native Scots Pines). Flocks usually comprise birds of many colours, ranging from streaked brown juveniles, through yellows, greens, oranges and reds according to gender and maturity (females are the greener birds). Listen for the characteristic ‘chup chup’ calls (usually when flying or before flight) and look for big, chunky finches, or the falling cones of a feeding flock. DID YOU KNOW? Mediterranean Gulls are a modern success story in the UK, with probably 1,000 or so pairs, now nesting 2 JUVENILE MEDITERRANEAN GULL July is the classic…

1 min.
rarity predictor

GIANT PETREL One of the sensational stories of 2019 was the giant petrel sp which was seen by successive observers flying north off the coast of Durham and Northumberland (2 July). Always too far to clinch the precise species (they are very similar). What are the chances of a repeat performance this year? (Very slim!) PALLAS’S GULL With one accepted record of this giant black-headed gull, way back in 1859, this is one of the rarest birds on the British List. There have been claims over the years, even as recently as 2014. Could this be the year? (Probably not!) SHORT-TOED EAGLE There have been four accepted Short-toed Eagles in the UK (three excluding one in Guernsey. At least one other will be added soon, as a moribund individual was picked up at Hengistbury Head,…

2 min.
some large ‘fish-eating’ seabirds

Gannet Three feet long and with a six-foot wingspan, the gleaming white Gannet, with its yellow head and black wing tips, is our largest regular seabird. Only ultra-rare albatrosses can compare in size with these beauties. It takes several years for Gannets to become fully adult in appearance, and prior to this there are various stages of darker feathering which can cause confusion with much smaller shearwaters. Shag The smaller close cousin of the Cormorant is actually a commoner breeding bird around UK coasts (scarcer inland); though is much more numerous along rocky coastlines. Dark green, but looking black, these cormorants are thinner than Cormorants, with notably finer bills. They are more duck-sized than Gannet-sized. Great Skua The biggest and butchest of our skuas, the Great Skua breeds in the far north of Scotland and…