Birding the Chaff

Put it simply, I do not know European birds. Which is why I saw this one and sighed. Its vagueish eyebrow indicated its membership of that hated family: leaf warblers. A brief history - I have seen several in the Himalayas, probably some in the Western Ghats, and a total of nil have been identified.… Continue reading Birding the Chaff

Two Birds Diverged

Misidentification is a problem all birders (and, indeed, any naturalist) will know. Birds - to put not too fine a point - are complicated. The tiniest speck of brown in the venting (i.e. the space under their tails) can mean an entirely different scientific name. Perhaps I'm overexaggerating. But when most sightings of birds last… Continue reading Two Birds Diverged