Birds to look out for
Learn more about last year's most-seen birds in our bird guide.
The most commonly seen birds
Their bright orange-yellow beaks and eye-rings make adult male blackbirds one of the most striking garden birds.
Smaller than blackbirds, starlings look black at a distance but up close they are glossy with a purple and green sheen.
Noisy and gregarious, these cheerful exploiters of our waste have managed to colonise most of the world.
The UK's favourite bird - with its bright red breast it is familiar throughout the year and especially at Christmas!
Black-headed gulls are sociable, quarrelsome, noisy birds, usually seen in groups or flocks where there is lots of food.
It looks like a small, gentler version of the herring gull, with greenish legs and a yellow bill.
The all-black carrion crow is one of our cleverest and most adaptable birds. They are usually found alone or in pairs.
With its noisy chattering, black-and-white plumage and long tail, there is nothing else quite like the magpie in the UK.
The UK's largest and commonest pigeon, it is largely grey with a white neck patch and white wing patches.
Some birds can be tricky to tell apart. Our simple photo guide highlights ways to tell the difference between some of the most commonly confused birds you'll see during your Birdwatch.
Spot the difference!
House sparrows and dunnocks
Little brown birds can be tricky to tell apart. But with our help, you'll soon know your dunnocks from your sparrows.
Need a bit more help?
Try our interactive bird identifier. Fun and simple!