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October itinerary: Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland

The volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula is the prime autumn birding site in south-west Iceland, and is an extensive low-lying area of rocky coastline, sandy beaches and coastal pools. In the right weather conditions, it is one of the best places in Iceland

October itinerary: Redcar to Saltburn, North Yorkshire

The scenic coastline between Redcar and Saltburn extends for about 5.5 miles, and has habitats that include rocky and sandy foreshore, sand dunes, coastal fields and scrub, wooded valleys and open sea. The area between Redcar and Marske is known as

October itinerary: Cliffe Pools RSPB, Kent

Cliffe Pools is an extensive area of flooded clay pits and dredging pools, which encompasses a 230-ha RSPB reserve with saline lagoons and freshwater lakes, and a spacious car park but little infrastructure otherwise. There is plenty of dense


RE: Unknown Bird

We'd like to use this in our Your Questions Answered pages - as such could you email the original image to thanks

RE: Unknown Bird

Hello thereThe long supercillium, general greeny-yellow colour, and long primary projection and tail all add up to Willow Warbler. 

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Posted by KENNETH on 30 Sep 2014

Spurn Point 30th Sept Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

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Latest News

BirdLife calls for rejection of new EU Environment Commissioner

Posted: 30 Sep 2014
After appearing in front of a special hearing, the new Maltese EU Environment designate Commissioner Vella failed the audition, says BirdLife Europe.

Scottish government takes baby steps towards a greener Europe

Posted: 29 Sep 2014
The Scottish Cabinet Secretary has announced 'green' proposals to benefit birds and nature, which ensure extra habitat and beneficial crops.

Peacock trains not such a drag

Posted: 28 Sep 2014
The impressive train behind a male peacock weighs a lot, but appears to have little effect on the bird's ability to take flight.

BirdGuides BirdMap

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Want to know what’s about? This map shows today's rare and scarce birds in Britain and Ireland; the larger the square, the rarer the species. First reports are shown in grey.

Click here or on the map to see a larger version showing today's sightings. For details of species and county, move your mouse over any square and check the pop-up 'tool-tip' (and/or, depending on the browser, the status bar at the bottom of your browser window). On the BirdGuides websiteBird News Extra subscribers can also see the site name, and can access further details by clicking on any square; they can also view BirdMaps from previous days.

For more information on BirdGuides bird news services, see


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Stonechat ID quiz

Advanced Bird ID GuideClosing Date: 11 Nov 2014

IT’S a fresh mid-October morning, and a stiff breeze blowing in from the Continent brings with it the promise of exciting migrants from all points east. After locating a few expected species in coastal scrub, your attention is drawn to a small, plump-looking passerine which pops up on a barbed wire fence. It’s almost certainly going to be a stonechat, but as you bring it into sharp focus you realise this oddity is a somewhat pale version of the local birds, looking distinctly peachy below and unstreaked on the rump. What exactly is it? You mentally scroll through images of Whinchat, European Stonechat and Siberian Stonechat, and realise you’ll need to pay attention to detail to correctly nail it. Now the fun begins ...

Once you’ve digested Andy Stoddart’s expert advice in the October ID photo guide to European and Siberian Stonechats (buy your October issue here) and have worked out the answer, let us know the identity of this mystery bird. The first randomly chosen reader with the correct answer will win a copy of Advanced Bird ID Guide by Nils Van Duivendijk (Bloomsbury, 2010).

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