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Bird Watching

November 2020

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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As I write, birds are on the move. Flocks of geese and winter thrushes are arriving from the north, passage waders are trickling through, and spectacular rarities abound. My own target has been to find a Yellow-browed Warbler. Nothing spectacular about them, you might think, but on page 68 Dominic Couzens explains just how remarkable these tiny birds are. As are our cover stars, Eiders (p20), which have enjoyed a uniquely symbiotic relationship with man through the centuries. But wherever you’re looking for birds this month (and we have some great tips for beginner seawatchers), take the time to really watch them, closely, and learn something new. For me, it’s that that makes every encounter special, so remember to tell us about yours, please.…

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uk tides november

Find the location closest to your destination and add or subtract the hours and minutes from the high tide time at London Bridge, below. SOUTH WEST Weston-Super-Mare (+5:05) Barnstaple (+4:30) Newquay (+3:32) Falmouth (+3:30) Plymouth (+4:05) Torquay (+4:40) Bournemouth (-5:09)* Portland (+4:57) St Peter Port (+4:53) Swanage (-5:19)* Portsmouth (-2:29) Southampton (-2:53) SOUTH EAST Ryde (-2:29) Brighton (-2:51) Eastbourne (-2:48) Dungeness (-3:05) Dover (-2:53) Margate (-1:52) Herne Bay (-1:24) Southend-on-sea (-1:22) Clacton-on-sea (-2:00) EAST ANGLIA Felixstowe Pier (-2:23) Aldeburgh (-2:53) Lowestoft (-4:23) Cromer (+4:56) Hunstanton (+4:44) WALES Colwyn Bay (-2:47) Holyhead (-3:28) Barmouth (-5:45) Aberystwyth (-6:11) Fishguard (+5:44) Swansea (+4:42) Milford Haven (+4:37) Cardiff (+5:15) NORTH WEST Whitehaven (-2:30) Douglas (-2:44) Morecambe (-2:33) Blackpool (-2:50) NORTH EAST Skegness (+4:29) Grimsby (+4:13) Bridlington (+2:58) Whitby (+2:20) Hartlepool (+1:59) Blyth (+1:46 Bewick (+0:54) SCOTLAND Leith (+0:58) Dundee (+1:12) Aberdeen (-0:18) Fraserburgh (-1:28) Lossiemouth (-2:00) Wick (-2:29) Lerwick (-2:50) Stromness (-4:29) Scrabster (-5:09) Stornoway (+5:30) Ullapool (+5:36) Gairloch (+5:16) Oban (+4:12) Greenock (-1:19) Ayr (-1:44) Campbeltown (-1:12) G’rvan (-1:51) Kirkcudbright Bay (-2:25) IRELAND Londonderry (-5:32) Belfast (-2:47) Donegal (+4:20) *Approximate times due to large variance between the months neap and spring tides. All times are GMT.…

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beyond birdwatching

QUAKING IN YOUR BOOTS? Autumn moths have an admittedly rather warranted reputation for being rather, well, brown. So it’s nice to come across species that modestly subvert the stereotype. As its name suggests, Red-lined Quaker does so through several crimson lines, notably one on the rear forewing, which is decurved like a downturned mouth. When combined with the eye-like black spots mid-wing, this creates a rather eerie impression of a displeased face. What, it makes me fear, “have I done wrong, now”? Nice to meet Yew Darkly compelling trees throughout the year, Yew come into their own from November until January, when their shadowy evergreen forms are heightened by glorious cerise fruits (the ‘aril’). These berry-like offerings are the only part of the tree that is not poisonous - and even then, the…

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news in brief

Eagles thriving A conservation charity aiming to boost the low numbers of Golden Eagles in the south of Scotland has revealed that the first eagles successfully translocated to the area in 2018 have thrived during lockdown, with one even flying as far south as the English Pennines. The iconic birds translocated by the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project have been seen from Eyemouth in the east to the Mull of Galloway in the west. visit: goldeneaglessouthofscotland.co.uk Stork research Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) are tracking White Storks in a bid to find out about migratory habits that disappeared more than 600 years ago, following the release earlier this year of 19 captive-bred storks at Knepp Estate, West Sussex, as part of the White Stork Project, which aims to reintroduce…

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the hampshire 150 photo-challenge september 2020 update

The Bird Photographer of the Year team are continuing their challenge to photograph 150 species within the county of Hampshire over the course of 2020. Autumn is now definitely in control with low pressure systems sweeping in strong winds and heavy rain, on a regular basis. It is certainly time to break out the waterproofs and wellington boots! Species such as Brent Geese and Redwings are starting to appear in some bird reports around the county, overlapping with Swallows, martins and other summer breeding birds making their way south. Having exceeded their target of 150 species last month, the team started to turn their attentions to photographing species already on the list, attempting to obtain improved images, while keeping an eye out for some of those birds not yet encountered. As…

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id tips & tricks

Yellow-green vs buff tones When dealing with the smaller, streaky finches, check for green and green-yellow tones in the plumage. Linnet, Twite and Lesser Redpoll (below) are essentially brown birds lacking any green tones. On the other hand, greeny-yellow tones in small finches point to Greenfinch or the tiny Siskin (above). Rump colour Like many birds, rump colour is a useful tool for identifying finches. Some have white rumps, such as Bullfinch, Arctic Redpoll, Brambling (above), Linnet and Goldfinch (to an extent). Greenfinches, Siskins and some Crossbills have yellow-green rumps. Male Chaffinches and Greenfinches and female Crossbills have green rumps. Twites have pink rumps. Bill shape As Darwin knew only too well with his finches on the Galàpagos islands, finches have a wide variety of bill shapes according to their chosen diet. These vary from…