Identification Matters


This section contains various articles, papers, etc. dealing with diverse identification matters which it is hoped may be of interest to club members and other birders when out ‘in the field’.

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Spoonbills in Northumberland 2011
by Mike S. Hodgson

A review of the substantial influx into the county during late spring and summer 2011 with reference to ageing criteria that may be used.  » Read More

Black-tailed Godwits – Sub-Specific Identification & Status in the County
by Chris G. Knox
A review of the field identification of the two main sub-species and an overview of their status in Northumberland.  » Read More

Yellow-legged Gulls
by County Records Committee

An aid to identification and criteria for record assessment produced (in September 2004) by the Northumberland County Records Committee.  » Read More

Water and Rock Pipits in Northumberland
by Mike S Hodgson

A look at this species pair, that sometimes cause confusion in the county, with hints on some identification pointers. There have been several long-staying Water Pipits in recent winters.  » Read More

Central Asian Lesser Whitethroats
by Colin Bradshaw

A short article with photos focusing on the problems of the racial identity of some of the ‘Lesser Whitethroat’ group. This was generated by the interest shown by birders in the identity of a Lesser Whitethroat at St. Mary’s Island in October 2009.  » Read More

Identifying ‘Siberian’ Chiffchaffs
by Colin Bradshaw

Another short article with photos concentrating on the features needed to correctly get to grips with this rare and difficult subspecies.  » Read More