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Bird Watching

September 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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birding question

Kieran Lynn: Observers Birds from 1987 (the first one I owned) Dominic Couzens: HBW - majestic, beautiful, authoritative, complete Ruth Miller: The Big Year by Mark Obmascik. Three men race to see the most birds in North America in one year. A great read and inspiration for a Big Year’ of my own! David Chandler: I really enjoyed Bill Oddie’s Little Black Bird Book. The RSPB Handbook of British Birds is really good for info about birds - beyond ID David Undo: Birds of Britain & Europe with North Africa & the Middle East (Heinzel. Fitter. Parslow). It’s when I realised that the Ring Ouzel was to be my favourite bird! GET IN TOUCH: Bird Watching, Media House, Lynch Wood, Peterborough PE2 6EA birdwatching@bauermedia.co.uk facebook.com/BirdWatchingMag twitter.com/BirdWatchingMag instagram/birdwatchingmag…

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At this time of year, the Bird Watching team would usually be preparing to meet many of you over three days of birds, lectures, quizzes, book and product launches, meetings of old friends, and mud, at Birdfair. This year, of course, Covid-19 has made that impossible. That’s why we decided to pack as much of that as possible into this issue - we’ve got loads of gear and travel news and features, plus two great competitions, a taste of the Bird Photographer of the Year shortlist, interviews, a light-hearted quiz, and all the familiar faces, great features and top-class photography you’ve come to expect from Bird Watching. The only thing we can’t provide is the Ospreys. Have your own Back Garden BirdFest - we’ll be there! SUBSCRIBE AND GET A RAMBLER 10oz LOWBALL…

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bird of the month blackcap

DID YOU KNOW? Blackcap weight increases significantly (by extensive feeding) prior to the autumn migration Autumn is one of the peak migration months. Birds which came to (or through) the UK in spring are heading back south to the warmer wintering grounds. This return migration is a more leisurely affair than spring migration. Instead of rushing to find a territory, a mate, and a nest site before competitors, these migrant birds just need to stock up on food to store enough energy for the journey, which may take some time. Blackcaps are one such bird. In the spring, Blackcaps can seem to sing from all round in suitable habitat, but can be hard to see. Now, though, they betray their presence with sharp ‘tack’ calls. And they may be seen relatively out in the…

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five to find in september

twitter.com/BirdWatchingMag facebook.com/BirdWatchingMag 1 JUVENILE SPOTTED REDSHANK As we never tire of reminding you, the relatively scarce and graceful Spotted Redshank comes in three main flavours. Breeding adults are largely jet black (even the legs!) and winter birds are pale grey and white (with red legs). But, why not look for the handsome juveniles this month? They look cold brown from a distance (almost like a Redshank), but a closer view reveals neat and uniform fine barring on the underparts and neat spotting on the upperparts (and orange legs). All phases lack the white trailing edge shown by Redshank (in flight) and have long legs and toes which project well beyond the tail, in flight. The bill is long and thing and straight, with red only at the base of the lower mandible. A…

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rarity predictor

MASKED SHRIKE It seems so recently that the UK’s third (and latest) Masked Shrike was at Spurn, but it was actually in September 2014. It was a first-winter, and the next one will probably also be of this age group. This year? Let’s hope so. COMMON NIGHTHAWK Remember last autumn when a Common Nighthawk was at Galgorm, Co. Antrim, and was then relocated in Bushy Park, London? Well, that amazing scenario is unlikely to occur ever again, but September and October are the best (basically only) hope of encountering one of these extremely rare North American nightjars in the UK. Most have been on Scilly, so that will be your best bet for finding one (lockdown permitting). BELTED KINGFISHER This big and very rare kingfisher from North America has been found in spring and autumn.…

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little gull

There are a grand total of 14 species of bird on The British List with the word Little as their first name (or 15 if you call Barolo Shearwater, Little Shearwater). See if you can name them all*! They are, of course, named for being among the smaller members of their group of birds. In the case of the Little Gull, it certainly justifies the name, being the smallest of all the gulls (being only 25-30cm in length). And size is an important ID criteria, as being tiny makes Little Gulls relatively easy to pick out from other gulls. [*Little Grebe, Little Bittern, Little Egret, Little Bustard, Little Crake, Little Ringed Plover Little Whimbrel, Little Stint, Little Gull, Little Tem, Little Auk, Little Owl, Little Swift, Little Bunting]…