APRIL: MORE LBJS
Little Brown Jobs are the subject of this month’s challenge – how many can you identify?
THE BIRDS WE call LBJS are so familiar to birdwatchers, they have even attracted a question on University Challenge. A hurried “Lyndon Baines Johnson” cost one student’s team five points for an incorrect interruption. The other team floundered, while birders across the country shouted Little Brown Job at the TV. The term covers a broad scope of species, with the one proviso that they need to be small and brown. In general, that means they are most likely to be passerines, the perching birds or song birds (the order which includes about half of all our bird species). Here are six LBJS which you may encounter this month. All are regular British birds (no tricks). All should be identifiable from these photos. Give them a go, then turn for the solutions and more tips on ID.