MARCH: LONG-NECKED BIRDS
This month’s topic is longnecked birds – how many will you identify?
THIS MONTH’S CHALLENGE is all about long-necked birds. Or to be more precise, it’s about large, long-necked, long-legged birds. That clarification was just in case you were expecting swans and geese. No, this is about the disparate bunch of not necessarily closely related birds, including heron, egrets, storks and cranes. That is, birds which have long necks and long legs in common. Many of these species are not particularly difficult to identify, so we have made it a tad more ‘challenging’ by providing you with some slightly more ‘realistic’ field views, including a few silhouettes or near-silhouettes. Have a look through this selection of six birds, name them, then, as usual, turn for our solutions and turn again for more ID tips. And, please let us know, at the usual address, if you find these ID Challenges useful.