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*Birds ID 2012* Post bird pics here to get them identified!

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BBC Springwatch is a group administrator BBC Springwatch says:

Hi everyone,

We thought we'd start a new thread for 2012 as last year's is pretty full.

Post your bird pictures here to get help identifying them.

Birds only here please!

Thanks
Sam :)

P.S. If you have creepy crawlies or bugs you can't identify post them in the Bug ID thread.

P.P.S. If you're having trouble working out how to post a photo in the discussion click here.
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dfg photography says:

Is this a Coal tit? Thanks.
Coal Tit
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jonnobird (Catching up after Cyprus) says:

dfg photography: Yes, it is !
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dfg photography says:

Thank you, jonnobird!
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I Am The Pete says:

Unlikely, but anyone care to try to identify these chicks, possibly by the nest they were sat in? :) Unfortunately while sat in the hide the adults didn't come in to allow me to identify.

Nest was at the top of a bird hide.

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TijssenNL says:

Thanks all for helping to identify great bird!
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former-extog says:

I think they might be swallows but I'd definitely wait for someone else before accepting my id.
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l-d says:

Juvenile Goldfinch by l-d



Juvenile Goldfinch by l-d




Juvenile Goldfinch by l-d


Saw this bird in the holly tree outside my window. Surrounded by sparrows.
Any idea? Such a gorgeous colouring on the tail so was fascinated by it :)
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Steve Ward Nature Photography [deleted] says:

Any Ideas

Any ideas ?
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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

l-d
Fledgling Goldfinch.
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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

I Am The Pete

Not Swallow, which build a cup nest from mud and feathers.

Go back and hang around some distance away, outside the hide and wait for adults to visit. If they are nesting in a public hide they are obviously used to people.
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bees22 says:

Is this a Female Sparrowhawk??? Taken 12 June, should be nesting?

P6120040 by bees22

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jonnobird (Catching up after Cyprus) says:

bees22: Yes, a female Sparrowhawk - no reason why it can't be nesting - they don't sit on the nest 24 hours a day !
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l-d says:

Thanks Mpgoodey! Couldn't seem to find it in my bird book, now I know it's because it isn't fully grown and hasn't got all the colours yet.
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pyte says:

DSC_0945 by pyte


Chocolate chip cookie to those that know what this was, as i havn't a clue

Not the best picture in the world, was half asleep and in a rush to take the shot before it flew away. Was taken 4/03/12

Thanks
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FatWagtailPhotography says:

pyte - Its a Sparrowhawk
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johnkbatt says:

Is this a Robin??
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/80200969@N02/7180898105/in/photostream/lightbox/]
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FatWagtailPhotography says:

Looks like a Robin to me that has a skin condition
or some hormonal imbalance. Very strange !
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lauranicolaparkin says:

What is this bird that's always in my garden?! It looks like a blackbird but with bizarre colouring?

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/80334004@N05/7366361696/in/photostream/]
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lovingwonderfulnature says:

Hi Its a Male Blackbird, that has lost some of its black colouring which is called leucism.
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steb1 says:

@lauranicolaparkin It's a male blackbird. It's leucistic hence the patches of light feathers.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leucism
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michele.hardie says:

This bird of prey was nesting in the cliff face, sorry it was very far away when i took the photograph! Not one I have seen before not sure if it will be clear enough for ID

DSCF8712 by michele.hardie

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lovingwonderfulnature says:

Hi Its a peregine.
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michele.hardie says:

Awe thats great, that is what I had hoped! Thanks!!
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Mark_68's Photographs says:

Any pointers what fledgling this is, it was in the bushes near Swansea beach if it helps
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lovingwonderfulnature says:

Hi It looks like a robin.
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jonnobird (Catching up after Cyprus) says:

Yes, a Robin it is.
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Mark_68's Photographs says:

Cheers both
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brinrock says:

Can you tell me if this is a house sparrow with its young?
Feed me please
Thank you Mark
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FatWagtailPhotography says:

Binrock .. Yes your correct
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nicky-mcc says:

House Sparrow by nicky-mcc

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jonnobird (Catching up after Cyprus) says:

nicky-mcc: That's a House Sparrow - possibly a juvenile but I suspect it's a post breeding female which would account for the very scruffy plumage.
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nicky-mcc says:

I thought that but looked so different to the rest of the house sparrows in garden .. thank you for the info
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jim.eames says:

Can anyone identify this please

Sedge Warbler by jim.eames

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clalun1 says:

What bird is this?
What bird is this as I saw it at a small lake near my home in the Rhondda Valley?
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jonnobird (Catching up after Cyprus) says:

jim.eames: Despite your misgivings about the size, it's a Sedge Warbler

clalun 1: Your's is a Muscovy Duck - a non-native duck native to Mexico, Central, and South America commonly kept in captivity.
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Eiona R. says:

This is a 'live' link so the full info accompanies the image. A bullfinch fledgling or some other garden bird?....

Fledging - any guesses?
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Eiona R. says:

Thank you-though it wasn't raining, but I expect that it was wet because of the hedgerow behind my garden? :)
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jonnobird (Catching up after Cyprus) says:

Eiona.R: It's female - the scruffy appearaance probably cused by post breeding.
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Eiona R. says:

Many thanks.
I should have scrolled up the page here before posting because I can see someone else captured a similar one.
Thanks again for the detailed clarification :)
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bonyman1 says:

I'm not sure what kind of Bunting this is, any ideas welcome!

What kind of Bunting? by bonyman1

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Au13J says:

Bonyman1 - Callum it is a Reed Bunting
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RobertP67 says:

Hi, is this a young blackcap?

Thanks

Rob

www.flickr.com/photos/robplum/7171871745/
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jonnobird (Catching up after Cyprus) says:

RobertP67: Yes, a Blackcap
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dave_a_davidson says:

what bird is this, it is the same size as the canadian geese and ducks and there was only the one of them. shot in Derbyshire

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jonnobird (Catching up after Cyprus) says:

dave_a_davidson: Sorry, haven't a clue except to say it's not a native species but an 'exotic' goose which I don't recall having ever seen before. I presume it was taken at a wildfowl collection - if not, it's escaped from one !
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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

dave_a_davidson
No disrespect intended when I say this is a rather over exposed Cape Barren Goose. Normally appear somewhat darker.
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dave_a_davidson says:

yes didnt think it was native at all. it was taken on our local duck pond and it was taken on my iphone just wanted to grab it while i could . i wonder where it came from to be in with our geese lol. thanks peeps.
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dave_a_davidson says:

also strange there are no rings on it's feet if it was in a collection. i shall have a walk down later to see if it is still there.
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hawkeye108 says:

Untitled
anyone any ideas on this fellow
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jonnobird (Catching up after Cyprus) says:

hawkeye108: That's a juvenile (and very pale) Blue Tit. May just be the lighting or possibly leucistic.
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saundie100 says:

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/80671406@N02/7404293180/]

please help, what is this...?,seen in north wales.
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FatWagtailPhotography says:

saundie100 - Im pretty sure this is a Little Bittern in which case you should contact your local bird club/ county recorder as this is a rare bird in Britain.
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child of herne says:

Saundie100 That definitely looks like a female Little Bittern which is a rarity anywhere in Britain. We have had one for a couple of weeks near Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire which has now probably departed, but was fairly easily twitchable at times. Such an elusive bird can be in an area for some time before being seen, and in late May, early June there were several rarities from North Africa and Iberia in Britain. Last year they did breed for the first time for many years.
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hawkeye108 says:

thankyou jonnobird , there were three of these youngsters all the same colour
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jonnobird (Catching up after Cyprus) says:

hawkeye: That being the case, I suspect the paleness is just down to the fact that they have only just fledged.
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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

Saundie100
Just curious to know how it managed to be in a garden in North Wales at the same time as being in Stocker's Lake (Hertfordshire) !!!!

www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/RealData/gallery_show.asp?gallery...
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petersrockypics says:

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/petersrockypics/7406907414]

I took this pic early morning,in cambridgeshire.I believe it is a young bird,would like to know which owl it is.
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jonnobird (Catching up after Cyprus) says:

petersrockypics: That's a young Tawny Owl
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petersrockypics says:

Jonnobird,Many,many thanks.It's My one and only Owl pic,Chuffed to bits
it's a Tawny.
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child of herne says:

Have just checked Herts Birdclub Website and the Stockers Lake Little Bittern was last seen on 17th so this Welsh bird is a different individual. Markings on front also look slightly different. However if weather conditions bring one, there is no reason that they could not bring more. Lovely photo, they are difficult enough to see in Southern Europe where they breed fairly commonly
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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

For goodness sake its a windup!
the two photos are not just similar they are one in the same just look at a few of the Willow branches and leaves. I should think Mr Rowe would be mightily Peed off having his photo nicked I know I would.
Sadly this sort of thing happens a lot.
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Ronald Morgan says:

Can anyone tell me what this bird is please,taken in the sand dunes in Aberdovey,North Wales

Meadow Pipit by Ronald Morgan

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jonnobird (Catching up after Cyprus) says:

Ronald Morgan - That's a Meadow Pipit
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saundie100 says:

thankyou for little bittern identification,it looks like i have been duped, i will contact my friend to get the full story,sorry for any annoyance caused to anyone,Mick.
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Jason Leslie says:

P1030184 by Jason Leslie


Please can you identify what this is for me. I saw it on the bank of the River Ribble approx 6 miles west of Preston a couple of days ago. I assumed it was a Grey Heron from the size of it, but the colours don't seem to match. Sorry about the pic quality/size of the bird, but my camera isn't that great and it was on the far riverbank.

Thanks
Jason
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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

Looks OK for a Grey Heron to me :-)
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CalamityCam 2011 says:

Initially thought this was a blue tit until I saw it's face!! Is it still some form of blue tit?

Can you help.....
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jonnobird (Catching up after Cyprus) says:

CalamityCam: Yes, it's a Blue Tit - the scruffy appearance/loss of feathers on the head will be down to either some sort of mite infestation and/or the stresses of breeding.
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Jason Leslie says:

Thanks mpgoodey. The reason I was skeptical about a Grey Heron was that my (very old) book shows a Grey Heron has a fully white neck, with only a black streak near the eye, whereas this bird seems to have a black neck with a white patch near the eye. The pic below is zoomed in a bit more and shows the neck and head colours a bit better, but its the best I can do.

Screen Shot 2012-06-20 at 18.07.02 by Jason Leslie

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Michael Terry Photo UK says:

Definitely a grey heron.
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nicky-mcc says:

is this a redpoll if so which type seen in my Back garden in Northern Ireland
another pic is on my feed not the greatest as out kitchen window and a fair distance away
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/nickymccrea/7410186364/]
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jonnobird (Catching up after Cyprus) says:

nicky-mcc: Yes it's a Redpoll ! As to type, a notoriously controversial subject - my best guess is that it's a Lesser Redpoll.
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nicky-mcc says:

Thanks Jonathan
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Ronald Morgan says:

Thanks for the identification the other day,i have one here that i took in a field of Gorse Bushes about 5 miles from the coast in Noth Wales.

Stonechat by Ronald Morgan

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jonnobird (Catching up after Cyprus) says:

Ronald Morgan: That's a Stonechat
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Ronald Morgan says:

Thanks Jonnobird.
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child of herne says:

Sorry about second posting commenting on Little Bittern, I hadnt gone to the main Flickr site but only looked at picture on BBC site so hadnt looked at the link to the original photos. I had only seen pictues linked from Herts Bird Club to the Bedsbirdclub website which only showed the bird in reedy vegetation, and due to different posture it did look like a slightly different plumage.When I went to see the bird at Stockers it was raining and I never got really good views.
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ianmoorcroft0705 says:

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I spotted this on the Chesterfield Canal and am at a loss to know what it is and none of my friends know either.
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Derbyshire Harrier says:

Ianmoorcroft that looks like a muscovy x
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Michael Terry Photo UK says:

It's a muscovy duck. This will be an escapee from a private collection as they don't (well, never say never) occur naturally in the UK.
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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

@mikerzr
and if one were to ever waddle on-board a ship docked in South America then waddle off in Felixstowe it wouldn't look much like this :-)
Genuine wild birds being black.
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Owen-P says:

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/owenp1910/7434133760/in/photostream]
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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

Jackdaw Adult
Note the pale blue eyes.
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belincs says:

House Martin?

I think this is a House Martin but I'm not sure. Could someone identify it for me please.
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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

Young Swallow
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belincs says:

Thank you.
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brinrock says:

Can someone tell me what this is? I wondered if it was a grey partridge

SAM_1315


Thank you so much
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jonnobird (Catching up after Cyprus) says:

brinrock: Yes, a juvenile Grey Partridge.
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Cosper Wosper says:

Warbler ID needed.

Warbler ID needed...Maybe a Garden Warbler

Taken at Westhay on the Somerset levels. :@)
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Martin-W says:

Is this a garden wabler?
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jonnobird (Catching up after Cyprus) says:

Cosper Wosper - That's a Garden Warbler

Martin - Your's is a juvenile Chiffchaff.
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Martin-W says:

jonnonbird, Thank you for the I.D I was wondering if Garden warbler or Chiffchaff. I can see now Their is a a big difference between the two birds.
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klm_uk0007 says:

Would you be able to identify these birds. I know that they are juvenile but not sure whether they are swallows or house martins? I'm confused by the white band on the adult's tail. Thank you

Chicks 014
Chicks 013
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lovingwonderfulnature says:

Hi They are swallows and great photos.
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klm_uk0007 says:

Thank you
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Bogger3. says:

Would you please confirm which Swan this is Bewick or Whooper thanks.
Berwick Swan 1 (1)
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jonnobird (Catching up after Cyprus) says:

Blogger3: That's a Bewick's Swan (now known as Tundra Swan). Less yellow on the bill which does not project below the nostrils as it does on Whoopers.
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Bogger3. says:

Thank's I thought it was but I was not sure.
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Bogger3. says:

Can you tell me if this is a male or female Moorhen Thank's
Moorhen
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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

Bogger3.
Not sure that you can?
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