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Bird Watching

May 2019

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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13 Issues


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meet the team

Mike Weedon assistant editor has been thinking about the difference between birds in a flock and one on his patch, page 14 Mike Roberts production editor spent a lovely warm weekend at the Norfolk coast watching waders and seabirds …

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our contributors

Follow Adrian Thomas’s key tips and techniques to help you to master the art of birdsong. Also, what to listen to and where to hear it. Page 22 John Miles meets the son of author and ornithologist David Lack to discuss how the city of Oxford is hoping to help our Swifts. Page 35 Tour guide Ruth Miller recalls how seeing a beautiful Bullfinch outside her kitchen window changed her life forever. Page 44 Renowned bird author Dominic Couzens on why the Lesser Black-backed Gull deserves a second look. Page 66 The Urban Birder David Lindo heads to Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney, to discover the sorts of birds it has to offer. Join him! Page 86 MAIN COVER IMAGE: REDSTART, DAVID J SLATER/ALAMY*; SWIFT:GEORGE…

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get in touch

Bird Watching, Media House, Lynch Wood, Peterborough PE2 6EA birdwatching@bauermedia.co.uk facebook.com/BirdWatchingMag twitter.com/BirdWatchingMag …

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Song Thrush (RAY WILSON/ALAMY) Learning to identify birds by sound alone can be a little intimidating, but if you even start to master it, you open up a whole new world of possibilities. Last spring, for example, I realised Common Scoters were migrating over my very inland home at night, as a result of hearing them call. So, our Complete Guide To Birdsong (p22) gives you the tools you need to ‘bird-listen’ as well as ‘bird-watch’ – you’ll wonder why warblers used to give you so much trouble.Possibly my favourite sound of spring (well, second favourite – nothing beats a Curlew) is something that doesn’t need too much ID – the screaming of Swifts. On page 35 you can find out more about the challenges this iconic species…

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the big question: favourite birdsong?

Matt Merritt: It has to be the Curlew’s bubbling trill – so evocative of time and place. (DUNCAN USHER/ALAMY*) Mike Weedon: Nightjars are our most magical birds, and they sound superb! (DAVID TIPLING/ALAMY*) Mike Roberts: Nothing matches the majesty of a Nightingale – a master singer. (TIERFOTOAGENTUR/ALAMY*)…

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temminck’s stint

The tiny, creeping Temminck’s Stint is one of the most sought-after of the regular passage waders. This is primarily because it is always a pretty scarce bird, with only about 100 individuals seen during passage times in the UK. But it is also because these tiddlers among the wader world present something of a challenge, being not only very small, but also pretty unobtrusive in their habits and movements. And tiny this wader definitely is. Those measurements of ‘length’ you see in bird books are the distance from bill tip to tail tip of a bird lying flat on its back. Measured this way, a House Sparrow is 14-16cm long. A Temminck’s Stint is 13.5-15cm. So, imagine a wader no bigger than a sparrow creeping in a ‘crouched’…