Buntings, blue robins and more in November's Birdwatch


Summer grebes are unmistakable, but winter and juvenile plumages can be tricky. The November issue of Birdwatch has you covered, however, with an in-depth photo ID guide to Great Crested, Red-necked, Black-necked and Slavonian Grebes.

This issue sees the launch of the Birders’ Choice Awards 2017. Who did the most for birds in the last 12 months? What were the most extraordinary discoveries in avian research? Which reserve put itself on the national map, and why? And what products are genuinely revolutionising modern birding? Have your say on all these questions and more in this annual celebration of the best in birding. You can vote using the form in the magazine or online.

As late autumn progresses, our winter visitors are settling in, and among the wildfowl and waders are also a few passerine species. Perhaps the most charismatic of these is Snow Bunting. In his latest species profile, David Callahan takes a look at this polar wanderer, revealing little-known facts about its life, both here and abroad.

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Also in this issue

Mark Cocker travels to Lake Prespa; list-boosting late autumn itineraries; columnists Bill Oddie and Mark Avery; the art of Darren Woodhead; and finders’ reports for North Ronaldsay’s Siberian Blue Robin, Cedar Waxwing and Rose-breasted Grosbeak on Scilly, and Scarlet Tanager in Co Cork.

Birdwatch’s Novemeber issue is on sale in newsagents from tomorrow (26 October 2017), or can be ordered here. Or you can download the digital edition, with its host of video, image and sound file extras. The digital issue is available for PC/Mac, iPhone/iPad and Android devices.