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Corn Bunting. Photograph by John Harding
Yellowhammer, Cirl and Corn Bunting all breed in farmland in the UK, and can all present identification challenges.

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Collared Dove is one of our most familiar species, but how can you confidently separate it from the rarer Turtle Dove?

Young Chaffinches and females are harder to identify than the stunning males. In winter, Chaffinches are joined by their northern cousins, Brambling. How can you pick them out?

In Autumn and winter we tend to see Auks flying rapidly past or bobbing around in heavy seas offering poor views. Without their distinctive breeding plumage and colouring, winter Auks can be a serious challenge to identify.

Not all green finches are Greenfinches. There are a number of green and yellow finches that visit garden feeders, some common, some much more rare.

Sparrows are not just sparrows - are they House Sparrows or Tree Sparrows? In winter, the familiar sparrows in your garden may be joined by an unfamiliar brown bird, the Reed Bunting.

Scoters are known to most of us as winter visitors, usually far off shore. Learn to tell the difference between the species, when seen far out to sea in poor viewing conditions?

The key to differing between many small, plump waders is to become accustomed with Dunlin first. In this video we compare Sanderling and Curlew Sandpiper to their more well-recognised cousin.

A hooded gull in summer is likely to be the ubiquitous Black-headed Gull, but there are a couple of other species that sport the same summer finery.

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