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Bird Watching
autumn ISSUE

In the latest issue of Bird Watching:

  • 16-page special guide on getting the most out of seawatching
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  • Winning images from this year’s Bird Photographer of the Year competition
  • Waders to look out for during the autumn
  • Birding in West London
  • Why the Great Blacked-backed Gull’s really a ‘bird of prey’

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What to look for, NOW!

every week we'll highlight what to look for when you're out birding.

This week it's: Black-tailed Godwit

In late July, many waders are starting to be on the move, again. Not least of these are Black-tailed Godwits, which turn up, often in small flocks, along the coast or at inland gravel pits and so on. Often, they call in for a quick bathe, preen and feed before leaving again. But sometimes they can linger for a day or two at inland sites. Black-tailed Godwits are similar to Bar-tailed Godwits (which are much more loyal to coastal settings in the UK), but have distinctive wing-bars (absent on Barwits), a square white rump and, of course a black tail. They are also lankier birds, with longer necks and longer legs.

 Black-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit

 Black-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit

Image by Alamy

message from the editor...

Welcome to Bird Watching, the UK’s best-selling bird magazine. Every issue is packed with ideas, tips, advice, news and reviews, including binoculars and scopes, for anyone with an interest in wild birds, whether they simply enjoy watching their garden birds, or prefer to travel the country and world in search of more unusual species. Our mission is to inspire you to enjoy the world of wildlife that starts right outside your back door. Find out more and sign up to our annual birding challenge #My200BirdYear here.
Matt Merritt