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In the October 2011 Issue

Publish Date
22 Sep 2011


Birdwatch October 2011

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Better birding – Find a Mealy Redpoll and then tweet it out.
Where to watch birds – Itineraries for Iceland, Kent and North Yorkshire.
Mark Avery – Be a birding ambassador whenever you can.
Mark Cocker – How county atlases aid national conservation.
Steve Young – Walking on the beaches looking at the Leach’s.
Letters and photos – Culling the crows and taking flight shots.
Punkbirder – The megas that got away.


Products – Celestron’s bargain ED 8x42 bins tested.
Book reviews – A second North Atlantic islands field guide.


Grey matters – The life, times and taxonomy of Great Grey Shrike.
Semipalmated and Ringed Plovers – How to crack the ID.
Filming seabirds – How an amazing multimedia seabird guide was made.


Highlights – Wexford’s rarity influx included Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and Pallid Harrier.
Rarity report – Mega seabirds seen as the seawatching hots up.
National notebook – An exceptional shearwater passage.

Western Palearctic – Black-bellied Storm-petrel off Madeira.

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October Target Bird: Mealy Redpoll

Posted: 16 Oct 2013

It is a delight to encounter a flock of redpolls in late autumn and winter, and it’s always worth checking through them for the possibility of a scarce visitor from the Continent, in particular Mealy Redpoll.

October ID tips: autumn snipe

Posted: 01 Oct 2012

In mid-autumn our familiar Common Snipe is joined by the very similar Jack Snipe. Find out how to separate these two well-camouflaged waders.

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