Bird Watching (UK) - - Welcome - Matt Mer­ritt, Editor

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!

Red-throated Diver

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