We’ve been rather happy to discover how much people have been enjoying this ongoing Bird Quiz series. The great thing is we’re unlikely to ever run out of material, so expect one about every fortnight….
Summer has started to present a real birding challenge, as a number of species are only found here for these few months of the year. Others that are resident year-round start changing their plumage, and one’s whole birding compass has to be re-calibrated in order to make sense of everything.
Some migrants breed here, some don’t; some are brightly coloured, some are drab. It’s always a shock to be driving along and suddenly encounter a bird you haven’t seen in half a year, and as hard as you try, you can’t seem to access the deeper recesses of your brain to make that identification. When you work it out eventually you always find yourself going, “Of course!”, but without fail, summer brings with it a whole host of new birding challenges.
A lot of what I said above was just fluff to buy some time, as I didn’t know how best to contextualise this week’s bird best.
It might not be a migrant. It might be in breeding plumage. Male? Female? Juvenile?
I’ll stop now before I inadvertently give something away or cloud the issue even more…
Check in on Friday to find out the answer, and of course to view The Week in Pictures.