FIVE TO FIND IN NOVEM­BER

Novem­ber is when things start to un­wind a bit in au­tumn mi­gra­tion. But birds are still on the move and it is very much still pos­si­ble to grab a few more species for your year list, or just en­joy birds for their own sake!

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TWITE

The Twite is a hugely un­der­stated bird (if you will for­give the oxy­moron). The up­land equiv­a­lent of the Lin­net, this lit­tle finch, like larger birds of its breed­ing range (think Mer­lins, Hen Har­ri­ers or Short-eared Owls), heads to the low­land coastal ar­eas out of the breed­ing sea­son. In fact, a sur­pris­ing 100,000 to 150,000 Twite win­ter in the UK and Ire­land (num­bers boosted by con­ti­nen­tal vis­i­tors), mainly in the north (es­pe­cially Scot­land), as well as coastal north-west Eng­land and north Wales and the east coast of Eng­land. Like a Lin­net, but with a peachy buff face and yel­low­ish bill, lack­ing grey and pink on the head and breast (but males can show a pink rump) they feed in flocks on seeds on the ground.

SHAG

Though ac­tu­ally a much com­moner breed­ing bird than the Cor­morant, the Shag is less fa­mil­iar to most peo­ple as it is an al­most ex­clu­sively coastal species, favour­ing the rocky coast­lines of the north and west of the coun­try. Some in­di­vid­u­als, mostly brown ju­ve­niles, do wan­der in­land and can turn up on rivers and lakes at this time of year. But the eas­i­est way to see a Shag is to head for a rocky coast.

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