Bird Watching (UK) - - January Id Challenge -

LAST MONTH, YOU may re­call, our ID tips for wood­land birds in­cluded the state­ment that “wood­peck­ers are easy”. And, of course, we stand by this in a Bri­tish con­text, as there are very few Bri­tish wood­pecker species and they are very dif­fer­ent from each other. Travel to the con­ti­nent, how­ever, and the di­ver­sity in­creases greatly, and with this, the rel­a­tive dif­fi­culty in­volved in iden­ti­fy­ing them. So, here are a se­lec­tion of six ’peck­ers, all taken in Europe (in­clud­ing the UK). All you have to do is iden­tify them. If you want a bit more ku­dos, try to de­ter­mine what gen­der and/or age the birds are and if you are try­ing to be re­ally fancy, you could have a stab at guess­ing the re­gion the bird was pho­tographed in, for one or two. Turn for our so­lu­tions, and, as usual, turn again for more ID tips, cen­tred around wood­peck­ers. WHAT AM I?

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