A lot of people view birdwatching as a hobby that requires far too much effort for too little reward. However, it has increased in popularity among younger men in particular, over the last few years.
Too gain an edge in birdwatching, some gardeners at present also aim to invite wild birds to their gardens, while others are offering them their kitchen scraps.
Though there are hundreds of wild bird species in the UK, nature novices may find it difficult to identify each type. By understanding which species you will most likely spot in the park or land in your garden, the process can be a whole lot easier.
Except for the highest parts of the Scottish Highlands, starlings are a widespread breed in the UK, especially in southern England. They have a chunky body with the size of a blackbird, but their tails are short and their bills are long and slender.
Breeding starlings are entirely dark with striking purple-green iridescent feathers and yellow bills.
From gardens to coasts, blackbirds are prevalent almost everywhere in the UK.
You can instantly notice an adult male for its black feathers vibrant orange-yellow beak and eye ring.
Female blackbirds, meanwhile, are mostly brown and have spots and streaks on their breasts.
Migrating south as far as Spain, this social species is still seen often around the UK.
They have a bright red face and yellow wing patch and are known for their long fine beaks which allow them to extract difficult to access seeds.
Robins are one of the most famous bird breeds since they are being associated with Christmas.
Males and females look identical with their bright red breasts and thin and short black beaks.
You can spot them during the colder months, but if you want to attract them to your yard then, make sure to convert your garden into a bird-friendly space in the winter.
Don’t let their size fool you though — robins are aggressively territorial and they drive away trespassers quickly.
Revered for their noisy chattering, magpies are the more likeable member of the crow family.
They have a black-and-white plumage and a long tail that seem plain at first, but at a closer look, you’ll notice the purple-blue iridescent sheen to their wing feathers and green gloss to the tails.
Magpies are also excellent at scavenging and destroying pests, making them a great natural pesticide!
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