ID Chal­lenge

AU­GUST: RARE /SCARCE WAR­BLERS

Bird Watching (UK) - - Contents -

How to iden­tify rare and scarce war­blers with our ID tips and tricks

UGUST IS SUM­MER hol­i­day time for us in the UK, of­ten bring­ing the warmest weather of the year. But for many birds, it is as if au­tumn were well and truly upon us. Mi­gra­tion sea­son is back (if it ever re­ally stops) and many small birds are on the move. Not least among these are the war­blers. Small, dull birds to some, ideal rare bird fare to oth­ers, the war­blers are a diverse bunch, and in late sum­mer and early au­tumn there is plenty of opportunity to find rare, or at least scarce, war­blers skulk­ing in a bush near you. Of course, that is par­tic­u­larly true if you hap­pen to be on the east coast or per­haps in the north­ern isles. Any­how, here are six scarce or rare war­blers which it may be pos­si­ble to en­counter, this au­tumn. Try to name them, then turn for the so­lu­tions and turn again for more war­bler-re­lated ID tips.

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