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*Birds ID* - Post your autumn bird pics here to get help identifying them!

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BBC Springwatch is a group administrator BBC Springwatch says:

Hi everyone,

Following the success of our Springwatch and Summerwatch group discussions, lets have another ID forum.

Post your autumn bird pictures here to get help identifying them.

Birds only here please!

Thanks
Sam :)

P.S. If you have creepy crawly pictures you can't identify, post them in the Bug ID thread.
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BBC Springwatch is a group administrator BBC Springwatch says:

None at all? Really?!

Sam :s
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jo92photos says:

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/jo92/4967278067/]

I saw a family of four on the River Kennet today.
Handsome birds but what are they?
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Tom_1903 says:

That's an Egyptian Goose, becoming quite common now.
79 months ago (permalink)

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jo92photos says:

Thanks for the swift reply Tom
79 months ago (permalink)

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Ashley Cohen Photography says:

Took this in Chester Today, Thought it was a Raven but unsure now, perhaps it's just a crow, but it looked quite a bit bigger.

Raven... I think?
79 months ago (permalink)

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wenxue2222 says:

Looks like a carrion crow to me. We get a lot of them round here by a block of nearby flats. They are pretty big. Very intelligent too.
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child of herne says:

This does look like a Carrion Crow. Ravens are huge, almost Buzzard sized and have a very heavy bill and a shaggy throat. The also have a longer more pointed tail when you see them in flight. Generally they are very wary and difficult to approach. but are doing well, they are breeding in Bedfordshire now.
79 months ago (permalink)

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BBC Springwatch is a group administrator BBC Springwatch says:

In case it helps, have a look at the carrion crow and raven pages on the BBC Wildlife Finder.

Sam :)
78 months ago (permalink)

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Penny Chatfield Wildlife Camera Work (badger woman says:

Please could someone ID this please.
A bird of prey bigger than a kestrel but smaller than a buzzard.

Does anyone have any ideas as to what bird this is, please?
78 months ago (permalink)

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Cosper Wosper says:

Hi Penny, I'd say this was a Buzzard, I see from the Exif file data it was taken 120 seconds before a shot that you've IDed as a Buzzard, maybe the same bird turned around so you could get a better shot.. :@)
78 months ago (permalink)

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Penny Chatfield Wildlife Camera Work (badger woman says:

Ok Cosper, thank you very much.
78 months ago (permalink)

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Fenwalker1 says:

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Can anyone identify these birds please. They were flying in a flock over a manmade fishing lake in Suffolk catching insects. This is as close as I could get to get a shot!
78 months ago (permalink)

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Tom_1903 says:

That is a nice flock of Linnets. It's quite common to see finches in small flocks.
78 months ago (permalink)

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ukstormchaser (A.k.a The Bug Whisperer) says:

One I took at the start of September. Terrible pic I know, but I think it might be a Hobby. Taken in Milton Keynes.
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Fenwalker1 says:

Thanks tom1903
78 months ago (permalink)

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child of herne says:

The photo by ukstormchaser is a Hobby, they are an increasing species in Britain. Have seen several in Bedfordshire during the month, although they have probably nearly all left for Africa by now. They are superb fliers, being capable of catching Swallows and even Swifts in flight, and also take a lot of Dragonflies which they eat in flight. Photo is not very easy to see but suggestion of red-brown trousers suggests an adult bird. They will return in early May when they can often be seen catching insects over water in small flocks.
78 months ago (permalink)

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AGOODAY says:

This bird was on the beach, up in Northumberland a few week ago...


Sanderling by AGOODAY


Not sure what it is!
78 months ago (permalink)

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ukstormchaser (A.k.a The Bug Whisperer) says:

Thanks so much, child of herne. That's another bird of prey I can tick of from the list of them to see :-)

AGOODAY-
I believe that's a Wader. No doubt about it, but I'm not sure what species.
78 months ago (permalink)

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jel 1969 says:


Your photo of a wader is a Sanderling as you thought.
78 months ago (permalink)

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Derbyshire Harrier says:

Good morning. Can anybody confirm this is a sanderling please?



Can anybody also please confirm whether or not these are turnstones?

Turnstone
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former-extog says:

You are right on the 2nd photo. They are turnstones.

The first bird might be a juvenile plover, either ringed or little ringed. You need an expert for that one I think.
78 months ago (permalink)

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buckbeak888 says:

I know this isnt a bird, its some kind of weird goose/duck cross! Anyone have any idea what it is?

Strange looking duck/goose
78 months ago (permalink)

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wenxue2222 says:

Looks like a domestic duck to me - a farm duck
78 months ago (permalink)

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buckbeak888 says:

I wondered if it was a mallard duck/goose cross as it was waddling around with a group of white geese.
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Midnight82 says:

I think that's a mallard - there are a few varieties - I'm not sure but it could be a cross between a domestic duck (possibly Aylesbury hybrid).
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wenxue2222 says:

If the 'white geese' were quite small they might not have been geese at all (there are few white geese that should be wandering round in the wild in the UK - a few Ross's Geese maybe) but they may have been Pekin Ducks - white farm ducks. Where did you see this duck?
78 months ago (permalink)

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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

Looks like a Domestic Mallard x Indian Runner. Very short legs very upright stance.

maps.thefullwiki.org/Indian_Runner_Duck
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Cosper Wosper says:

Looks like a Juvenile Ringed Plover to me. :@)
78 months ago (permalink)

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Derbyshire Harrier says:

Thank you Cosper Wosper and Former-extog
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AGOODAY says:

thanks jel1969!
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Derbyshire Harrier says:

I saw this bird at Durness, my first thoughts were that it may be a juvenile gannet, but it didn't seem to look quite right.
Can any one please confirm?





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west275 says:

This bird keeps appearing in my garden in Sunbury-on-Thames briefly (hence appalling photos, sorry). Looks like a sparrow but with pure white wings.

White wing sparrow (4) by west275


White wing sparrow by west275

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ukstormchaser (A.k.a The Bug Whisperer) says:

DerbyshireHarrier- I think you have a young Comorant there but I'm not 100% sure. Perhaps a young Gannet, like you said.

West275 - Yeah, definately a House Sparrow. Bet that one sticks out like a sore thumb when it's in a large group of others!
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child of herne says:

Derbyshire Harrier. Your photo is almost certainly a young Gannet. Head ant tail both pointed giving a cigar shape to the body, wings very long and narrow with a bend thus not an albatross type bird. Cormorant would have shorter wings and tail and a distinct neck. Durness a giood site for this as could be from Shetland or Sula Sgeir.
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buckbeak888 says:

I saw the bird at Roath Park, Cardiff wenxue2222

They did look like white geese, but obviously I am no expert.

I see the similarity between it and the Indian Runner!
78 months ago (permalink)

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ChrisWorks says:

im just wondering what type of owl this is? after i cought a shot of it on my mates farm.
Owl
78 months ago (permalink)

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Erniebobble says:

Can anyone recommend areas of Britain that are especially favoured by owls? I would love to hear them calling at night and particularly want to see them in the wild (or my garden if I ever have one!) rather than, for instance, in a reserve.
Thanks a lot, EB/TB.

I have already posted this Q on the Unsprung ideas pg but thought someone on this pg might be particularly able to advise - and how surprised and pleased was I when I logged in to post my Q and found the beautiful photo above just loaded as the last feature ... very auspicious!! Thank you.
PS - Where is your friend's farm ChrisW ...?? (wonderful photo - I think from your member pic that I need to get some proper equipment ...!)
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Derbyshire Harrier says:

Thanks Child of Herne and Uk Stormchaser
78 months ago (permalink)

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redlollipop2000 says:

Sorry, I'm unable to ID any of the bird photos already here but I have a query of my own - unfortunately no photo. On Sat 2 Oct at about 12. noon a few hundred yards north of J10 M6 Walsall, as we were driving home hubby noticed 4 very large dark birds circling over the M6. At first I thought they were crows (silly me) he said they were too large, more like buzzards but he wouldn't have expected to see 4 together (can't be kestral or sparrow hawk as they come into our garden occasionally and these were far larger than either of those) . On Mon 4 Oct at about 3.15pm and about 2 miles away we saw what looked like a single one of the same bird type circling over the road of a residential street. It was fairly high but as hubby drove under it I was able to look upwards through the windscreen of the car and was clearly able to see the underside wing pattern. My best description is that it had a light brown border, with light creamy yellow filling wifh 3 triangular shapes of either very dark brown or black. I've searched through a fair amount of bird photos on the web but can't find anything clear enough for an ID. Help would be much appreciated thanks.
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child of herne says:

The Owl phoyographed by ChrisWorks looks like an Eagle Owl which is probably an escape although a few pairs are breedin, but of captive origin. They are popular birds with aviculturalists and falconers as are easily bred in captivity. If it was an Eagle Owl , they are massive, bigger than a Buzzard. The other possibility is the much smallur Long-eared Owl, wnich stands about 14 inches high but this bird seems to have a very heavy bill and a solid build suggesting Eagle Owl. Long eared is generally nocturnal and wary, except when it has just arrived as a migrant.
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Fiona Crofts says:

Hi, wondered if anyone can help me with this. Is this a Chiffchaff or Willow Warbler or something else???? Thanks

Willow Warbler or Chiff Chaff DSC_2368
78 months ago (permalink)

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Adam Sutton says:

Any ideas on this one? It was seen a couple of weeks ago on Dartford marshes in Kent...

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/adamsutton/5034030921/]
78 months ago (permalink)

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Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) says:

Beaker, the supercilium looks distinctly yellow to me. The wings aren't showing very well, but maybe a yellow browed warbler?
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former-extog says:

Beaker, Sedge warbler is a possibility but I struggle with warblers and I agree the supercillium isn't as white as I would expect. Don't know the Yellow browed so can't comment on that suggestion.

Adam Sutton, I'm pretty sure that's a Stonechat.
78 months ago (permalink)

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Fiona Crofts says:

Thank you for responses former-extog & kernuak. I have recently been told by a local bird club that they believe it to be a chiffchaff!
77 months ago (permalink)

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former-extog says:

I can see where they are coming from with chiffchaff but the supercillium (stripe above the eye) looks very long to me and the legs look very pale (could be a trick of the camera I suppose). It does though seem to have the right cresent on the cheek. As I say I'm no expert and I suppose it's a warning of how difficult bird id from photographs can be.
77 months ago (permalink)

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Derbyshire Harrier says:

Can anybody please confirm this as a Meadow Pipit?

77 months ago (permalink)

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snap happy Terri says:

help with my goose id please.
are these greylag or pinkfoot or am I way off?

migrant geese by snap happy Terri

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child of herne says:

The Geese photographed by snap happy Teri are Greylags, large pale geese with a large orange bill. Pink feet are smaller and darker headed with a relatively small bill, and are rare in SE England away from the big wintering sites in East Anglia. Greylags in the South are generally from local feral populations rather than migrants.
The passerine photographed by Derbyshire Harrier is a small finch, possibly a linnet, or just possibly a Bunting as it has a conical, seed-eating bill. Brambling is a good possibility as it looks as if it has orange on the breast and yellow on the bill, whilst the tail does not have obvious white outer feathers. Meadow pipit would have a longer, thinner bill for eating insects and is a very streaked looking bird. If this is a Brambling it has probably only just arrived from Scandinavia.
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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

Derbyshire Harrier
Female Reed Bunting.
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snap happy Terri says:

Thank you child of herne
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Derbyshire Harrier says:

Thank you Mpgoodey and Child of Herne
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sallytoft says:

I thought I would share this picture as I've never seen anything like it before. I'm fairly sure it's a blackbird although it has a white tail and white markings on its wings and body!

I took the photo yesterday morning in Barton-under-Needwood, Staffs. Sorry about the poor quality of the image, I took it from quite a distance through net curtains.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/16673600@N05/5093410081/]
77 months ago (permalink)

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Alex Berryman says:

are you sure that it is a blackbird? I have never heard of a black and white blackbird.
77 months ago (permalink)

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sallytoft says:

It was the right shape and size for a blackbird, with a completely black head and bright yellow beak. I think it may be a partial albino, which apparently is common in blackbirds, although I've never come across one before.
www.garden-birds.co.uk/birds/blackbird.htm
77 months ago (permalink)

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Tom_1903 says:

Melanistic (black and white) blackbirds aren't really rare, I've seen a few (none as white as this though). Everything is right for blackbird (except the colour) so it seems that is what it is.
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child of herne says:

Derbyshire Harrier, I now agree this is a female Reed Bunting, Yesterday I was using a library computer which gave an orange cast to the photo, suggesting Brambling, but using a different machine this shows all the characteristics of Reed Bunting.
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Adrian ... says:

Hi, can anyone tell me what this one is? A bunch of them flying around on Chobham common in Surrey last week.

 by Adrian ...


Thanks.
77 months ago (permalink)

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waxwing photographer =D says:

i think it is a female stonechat. this picture looks similar
www.garden-birds.co.uk/birds/images/stonechat3.jpg
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Adrian ... says:

Great Wildlife, thanks for your reply. I couldnt view the link possibly because you have to register but looked at other images on the web and agree, looks very similar. A lovely little bird and sat up nicely for a photo, took a few but this was probably the best.
77 months ago (permalink)

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Perspicador says:

[ www.flickr.com/photos/perspicadorable/5037116135/]

Any ideas? Bird of prey, but what?
77 months ago (permalink)

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former-extog says:

Perspicador-
Harrier

It looks more like a corvid than a raptor to me. With a tail like that I would say probably Raven but I'd be interested in other ideas.
77 months ago (permalink)

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FatWagtailPhotography says:

Yes i'd go Raven
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SueG91 says:

Can anyone tell me what was visiting our garden? A grouse I guess, but which one?

www.flickr.com/photos/55072737@N06/5104336509/
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FatWagtailPhotography says:

SueG91 Looks like a female pheasant
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SueG91 says:

Thank You!
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CORPY says:




Bird ID & it's lunch ID ?
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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

CORPY. the bird is a Whinchat. afraid I cant help with lunch. :-)
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LeeCookPhotography says:

Anyone help with this bird at Richmond Park last weekend?

0232 by LeeCookPhotography


There were a pair in the ponds being harassed by dogs OFF of leads

Thanks
77 months ago (permalink)

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Michael Terry Photo UK says:

That's an Egyptian goose.
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Adamhawtin says:

CORPY:

Looks like a tiger moth caterpillar.
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Mark_68's Photographs says:

Took this at start of September, tried to id this little fella but failed, can anyone help.....He was in hedgerow alongside a railway line
IMG_5899
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Blackcap1000 says:

it's a lesser whitethroat :-)
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Mark_68's Photographs says:

Thanks for that, new one for me
77 months ago (permalink)

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dansiv says:

Just saw this circling over our house and took pictures. They are very small images and I have cropped them.
I though it was a Buzzard, but not sure because of it's black tail...


BirdOfPrey_1

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ukstormchaser (A.k.a The Bug Whisperer) says:

Dansiv - Sparrowhawk. Female I think :)
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Alex Berryman says:

looks like a male to me.... but definitely a sparrowhawk.
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dansiv says:

Thanks for the ID.
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nottinghamrick says:

Hi, can you let me and my son know what this is, we think it may be a grey plover,

cheer Rick

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nottinghamrick says:

We think it's a young one, but what is it?
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Midnight82 says:

IMG_8753
Looks like an aylesbury hybrid to me but I was not sure about the grey feathers.
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Andy's Scene says:

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/-fumanchu/5137198166/]

Hello!

My first thought when I saw this bird high in the tree, was that it could be a Sparrow Hawk... No idea why I looked up, but snapped away none-the-less!
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Midnight82 says:

looks like a woodpigeon
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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

I Wood agree.
Oh dear that was bad even for me. :-)
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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

Mignight82
I know size is hard to judge from a photo. But structure wise your bird looks much more like a Goose than any hybrid Duck.
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Andy's Scene says:

Hmmm, I'll take your word for it :)

I just thought, from my perspective, was that it seemed bigger... I have other shots of it showing the tail length and tips of wings if interested, although all poor quality and no head view.

Thanks for the ID though!

Perhaps I should go to spec-saver's! :P

And I should! just checked out some pictures... erf!
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tinaD2006 says:

Swallow fledglings by tinaD2006


Hi there, i was told these cuties were swift fledglings. Can anyone confirm this please!
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Midnight82 says:

thank you mpgoodey. If it helps I also got this shot of the other birds similar to it with some mallards

IMG_8760

tina - they look like young swallows
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tinaD2006 says:

Thankyou Midnight82 .. i really must learn more about identifying these similar birds, though i have just learnt they are totally different families
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Spuddrs says:

Tina - Yes, you have a bunch of young swallows, probably just out of the nest and waiting for more food!
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tinaD2006 says:

Thanks Steve, these were perched in a farm stable taking absolutely no notice of me or the horse. They just sat tight waiting for their meal. It was great to watch their parents swerving past me on their way in and out
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Midnight82 says:

White Cheeked Pintail by Midnight82

Is this a female red crested pochard? - I have seen them before but this one seemed slightly different.
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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

No White cheeked Pintail (Anas bahamensis)

10000birds.com/white-cheeked-pintails.htm
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pippasnapper says:

Whats this!? by pippasnapper


Any ideas what this bird may be? It keeps hitting the windows of our parents house and we are wondering if it might be an owl?

Wingspan looks to be 26".
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adam.nosal says:

Bird in Bird Box???? by adam.nosal

Hello
This bird has been visiting our video box for almost a week. It only comes in at night. Can anyone tell us what it could be and why it may be using the nest box so late in the year?

Thank you
Adam
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Midnight82 says:

thank you for id
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Perspicador says:

Hi there
I am seeking confirmation after the wildlife 'safari on Mull - is this a Male Hen Harrier? Any other suggestions?

ID2 by Perspicador

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Derbyshire Harrier says:

To be honest it looks like a hooded crow
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Perspicador says:

Also have an idea this is more than meets the eye. Pattern under the wing though not clearr is telling me 'young eagle' ?

ID1 by Perspicador

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Perspicador says:

We have just seen something very similar on the autumnwatch programme. the size and agility of these birds makes it impossible for them to be corvids!
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