accurately takes a lifetime to master – the whole joy of birding is that there’s always something new to see – but if you can get to grips with a hard core of familiar or relatively common species, you’ll make the overall task that much easier. This issue, we look at easy-to-remember ways to ID confusion species (page 24), plus bird anatomy and feathers (page 30), and the important role that size plays in telling one bird from another (page 36). If the latter is something you’d like to get to grips with, we even have a half-price offer on a book that portrays birds at their true size (page 88). All this, of course, should help you get that bit nearer to your target in our #My200birdyear challenge – if you haven’t already signed up, just follow the link below. It’s not a competition, but it will help you get out more and see a greater variety of birds, and that’s got to be a winner!