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Spotting British Summer Birds


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Pied Avocet

The warmer summer months mean that the British countryside is once again alive with activity from the animal kingdom. A number of species of bird in particular, can be seen throughout the country during the summer, either staying here for the duration to breed or simply stopping off to rest from their long migrations. Their distinctive appearance and indeed their songs, makes these birds a delight to try and spot.

Name: Avocet
Size: 41cm (16in)
Found: Suffolk, Norfolk, Devon
Habitat: Marshes and estuaries
Distinctive Feature: Long upturned beak

Name: Blackcap
Size: 14cm (5.5in)
Found: Norfolk
Habitat: Woods, parks and gardens
Distinctive Feature: Black headcap of males


Common Cuckoo
Name: Cuckoo
Size: 33cm (13in)
Found: Norfolk
Habitat: Countryside, farmland and moorland
Distinctive Feature: Long tail feathers

Name: Golden Oriole
Size: 24cm (9.5in)
Found: East Anglia
Habitat: Broadleaf woodland and fens
Distinctive Feature: Yellow and black plumage

Name: House Martin
Size: 12.5cm (5in)
Found: Throughout Britain
Habitat: Nest in buildings
Distinctive Feature: White band at tail base


An Osprey
Name: Osprey
Size: 69cm (27in)
Found: Southern England
Habitat: Wooded islands and lakesides
Distinctive Feature: Sharp, downcurved beak

Name: Swallow
Size: 19cm (7.5in)
Found: Throughout Britain
Habitat: Open country near water
Distinctive Feature: Long forked tail feathers

Name: Swift
Size: 17cm (6.5in)
Found: Throughout Britain
Habitat: Nest in buildings
Distinctive Feature: Long curved wings


Yellow Wagtail
Name: Turtle Dove
Size: 26cm (10in)
Found: South and East England
Habitat: Woodland edges and open farmland
Distinctive Feature: Soft, purring song

Name: Yellow Wagtail
Size: 17cm (6,5in)
Found: Eastern and Central England
Habitat: Meadows and wetland edges
Distinctive Feature: Yellow underparts of male


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