New birder seeking help
Have you got a question about your local patch or bird identification? Email your question to birdwatching@ bauermedia.co.uk As a new recruit to birding at 68 years old, I am having difficulty giving the correct names to the two birds in these photos. Could you help please? William Hoffman, Kent
QThe brown, warbler-like bird obligingly clinging to the stem of the reed is actually a Sedge Warbler, a summer visitor to the UK. Apart from the habitat being right for the species, the shape and colour are spot on, as is that distinctive ‘eyebrow’ or supercilium. The birds on the barbed wire fence are a couple of Stonechats (one shown here). The bird above, with the prominent white neck patch and black head is a male of the species, whereas his drabber looking companion to the left seems to be a female. These colourful birds are likely to be residents, as the Stonechat is quite a widespread bird especially in the west and south of Britain, although we do get visiting Stonechats from Europe in the winter, especially on the east coast.
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