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Bird watching juLY 2018

Our latest issue  is packed with great articles to help you bird better.

  • Summer wader ID guide
  • Swarovski's BTX Eyepiece Module tested
  • Oystercatcher profiled
  • Take a close look at Britain's smallest raptor, the Merlin
  • Test your ID skills on night birds
  • Celebrate birders giving the troubled Turtle Dove a helping hand
  • Birding in Exmoor, Greece and Spain

    Plus,10 great sites to watch birds, author Mark Cocker on conservation and Dominic Couzens reveals some fascinating Herring Gull facts! All this and much more…

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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: QUail

This week's advice is not to go looking for a bird at all. It is to go listening instead. Quail's are tiny (smaller than a Starling) relatives of partridges, which are among the hardest birds to see, staying forever hidden under  cover, usually of a wheat or barley crop (or perhaps, in open grassland). They are summer visitors, in quite small, widely spaced numbers to the Uk, though their true population is probably masked by their choice of habitat and the fact that they largely sing in the crepuscular hours or even in darkness. The song is what you may want to go in search of. Luckily, it is far carrying and very distinctive: a whipped out, moderately high pitched, repeated refrain usually transcribed as 'wet-my-lips'. If you are close enough, you may even hear the precursory couple of grunted or bark-like notes 'rar-rar'. Just don't expect to see one!

 Male Quail. Don't expect to see one as well as this, or even at all!

Male Quail. Don't expect to see one as well as this, or even at all!

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