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DECember ISSUE

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  • Dominic Couzens on the ‘average’ Redshank

  • Ruth Miller on why a wader ‘spectacular’ should be on your list

  • Bird photography tutorial

  • Nikon binoculars reviewed

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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:Yellow-browed Warbler

The first couple of weeks of October saw a bit of an ‘invasion’ of Yellow-browed Warblers into the country, mainly into the northern isles and the east coast of the UK. These places remain your best bet of bumping into one of these lovely little Phylloscopus warblers (not much bigger than a Godlcrest). But, many individuals will have filtered inland and are already being found come mid October (as I write). Luckily, though often tricky to see (being small and easily masked by leaves), Yellow-browed Warblers are quite vocal birds, frequently emitting a distinctive slurred, trisyllabic ‘seeooee’ call, with a tone not unlike that of a Coal Tit. Look for a very small, short-tailed green-coloured warbler (smaller than a Chiffchaff), with two clear yellow wing-bars, pale fringed tertial feathers and a bold yellow supercilium (‘eyebrow’). Check trees such as willows or Sycamores, where they search the leaves for insect food.

 Yellow-browed Warbler

Yellow-browed Warbler

 Yellow-browed Warbler

Yellow-browed Warbler

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