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Bird Watching
september ISSUE

In the latest issue of Bird Watching:

  • TV’s Mike Dilger reveals how funds raised at last year’s Birdfair are helping flamingos

  • Birdfair founder Tim Appleton MBE answers our birding-related questions

  • The best of this year’s Bird Photographer of the Year shortlist

  • How birdwatching changed the life of Bird Therapy’s Joe Harkness

  • Ruth Miller discovers the birding riches of the River Nile

  • Dominic Couzens gets wise to the secretive Tawny Owl

  • David Tipling snaps the elusive Makira Thrush

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What to look for, NOW!

Here, we highlight what to look for when you're out birding.

This week it is: Wood Sandpiper

The last weekend of July saw a change in the weather from steaming hot to wet and cool, which brought with it an unprecedented influx of juvenile Wood Sandpipers into the country. There were hundreds, probably thousands of birds involved, with flocks of this usually scarce wader popping up all over the place. These included a whopping 110 together at Cley Marshes NWT, Norfolk. Many of these graceful, pleasing little waders will still be hanging around well into August. Remember, for ‘returning’ waders, there isn’t the rush of spring birds (which are usually ‘in a rush’ to get to claim a breeding territory). Wood Sandpipers have a particular preference for freshwater. They are slightly smaller, more delicate, gracile birds than Green Sandpipers, also with paler, browner, well spotted plumage, longer yellow legs and pale, not black, underwings.

Juvenile Wood Sandpiper

Juvenile Wood Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper

Images above by Alamy


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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