The February issue of Birdwatch hits the shelves tomorrow!


The new issue of Birdwatch goes on sale this Thursday (25 January) showing you the best way to see all five of Britain’s regular owl species, how to identify Eurasian Sparrowhawk and Northern Goshawk and celebrating all of the rarest birds seen over the last year. 

The four information-packed main features are:

Fantastic owls and where to find them
Ever popular but typically hard to locate, Britain’s five regular owl species provide a perennial challenge in the field. Late winter is a great time to try your luck, with resident species active and winter immigrants still present. Wise up on where to go with David Callahan’s guide to finding the big five.

How to identify hawks
Northern Goshawk and Eurasian Sparrowhawk are the problem predators that even experienced birders struggle to separate. The former species’ rarity in much of the country lies behind the lack of familiarity with its field characters, but in most encounters they should be relatively straightforward to identify, advises Andy Stoddart.

Remarkable discoveries
Amazing as it may seem, ornithologists are still finding bird species every year that are completely new to science. Nor are they all obscure brown birds on little-known islands, as the bizarre Bare-faced Bulbul, spectacular Araripe Manakin and gaudy Bugun Liocichla demonstrate. David Brewer looks at more than half a century of such remarkable finds, the subject of his new book.

A year to savour
Remember the Red-winged Blackbird on North Ronaldsay, or the same island’s Siberian Blue Robin? How about the White-throated Needletail or American Redstart on Barra, Outer Hebrides, or the now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t Amur Falcon in Cornwall? David Campbell relives all of many the avian highlights of 2017, another great year in the annals of rarity-finding.

Plus the best sites for Glaucous Gull and more great itineraries around Britain and Ireland, birding in Estonia, topical comment from Bill Oddie, Mark Avery and Lucy McRobert, Steve Young’s photo challenge, the latest big rarity stories from BirdGuides.com, and news, reviews and your birding questions answered by our experts.

Birdwatch’s February issue is on sale in newsagents from tomorrow (25 January 2017) – order your copy of the magazine online today and get the single issue delivered for FREE (in the UK, while stocks last). 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 Amazon devices.