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Bird ID (Residential, Brixham, Devon)
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Ruff, with their variable size and plumage, often present identification issues. However, by learning how to recognise Ruff in their various guises through this video, you’ll be able to pick them out with confidence, and have a great reference point for identifying other similar-looking waders.
Identifying Common & Herring Gull
Build up your gull ID skills by learning to recognise two ideal reference species: Common Gull and Herring Gull.
Identifying farmland buntings
Yellowhammer, Cirl and Corn Bunting all breed in farmland in the UK, and can all present identification challenges.