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BIRDING QUESTION • We ask this month’s contributors: What’s your favourite winter bird?
...and the Bird Watching team’s answers
YOUR BIRDING MONTH • FEBRUARY
FIVE TO FIND IN FEBRUARY • The shortest month is the last really wintery month, and a chance to catch up with some birds you may not see again until next winter. Here are five great birds to get your binoculars on this month.
CORVIDS IN NUMBERS
Winter thrushes • There are five thrush species which are regular in the UK. All are widespread and common. Can you see them all in a day? Of course you can. Here is a quick ID guide.
UK TIDES FEBRUARY • The times below are for high tide, when waders and wildfowl will be pushed closer to dry land...
Beyond Birdwatching • Even deep in winter, James Lowen says, there are unexpected natural treats
Weedon’s World • Over the years, Mike has been lucky enough to enjoy some great wildlife in his own garden
Green birding initiatives • Greater Manchester region birders adopt new initiatives to help save the planet
GRUMPY OLD BIRDER • This month, Bo finds beauty among all the mayhem
NEWS IN BRIEF
A SPLASH OF WINTER COLOUR • Anyone on a riverside walk who has caught the flash of electric blue from a Kingfisher will appreciate what a marvellous sight it is…
all change THE IDEAL TIME TO REFLECT • Here, we look at how UK bird populations and distributions have changed over the past decade…
Preventing EXTINCTIONS: THE FIRST DECADE • James Lowen explores how conservation organisation BirdLife International is saving globally-threatened birds
Kittiwakes revisited • No trip to the city of Newcastle is complete without stopping to admire its many inhabitants – the Kittiwakes!
IDChallenge • This month’s challenge is all about the birds you see in winter gardens
Answers & solutions • Check your answers against our explanations. Remember, as ever, there are no ‘trick’ birds or extreme rarities among those here
ID Tips & tricks • Here are a few extra tips to help you to identify winter garden birds
GO BIRDING • 10 GREAT SITES FOR BRILLIANT BIRDWATCHING
YOURVIEW • PHOTOS, LETTER, TWEETS, QUESTIONS – HAVE YOUR SAY
Your Questions • Send all your birding questions to email@example.com and our experts will give you the answers
What is a bird? • Exactly what does make a bird a bird? It’s a question prompted by a new book that has captivated Ruth, this month…
LITTLE OWL • Falling numbers of this bird in the UK should be worrying enough, but factor in European declines, too, and it’s even more of a concern
Somerset Starling spectaculars
Highland winter birding • Fabulous birding in the north of Scotland on this brilliant Bird Watching Readers’ Break!
Birding JAPAN • It was a birding adventure...