HABI­TAT AND CON­TEXT

Bird Watching (UK) - - Id Challenge -

Habi­tat can be a great first clue when it comes to iden­ti­fy­ing birds. For ex­am­ple, a brown­ish war­bler with a white throat in a reedbed is less likely to be a Whitethroat than a Reed War­bler. And a bunt­ing singing from that same reedbed is more likely to be a Reed Bunt­ing than a Yel­lowham­mer (which pre­fer trees and hedges to sing from). Once you get a feel for which bird ‘should’ be where, it is a great short cut to iden­tifi­cation. Be­ware, though, ex­cep­tions should be ex­pected!

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