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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

Wilf41
Its a Female Blackcap. Which are increasing as an overwintering species in the UK. Most of the birds seen here at this time of year breed in Northern Europe and will return there in the spring.
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NosamLuap (aka Paul Mason) says:

I saw this little guy (gal?) on my first visit to RSBP Saltholme, near Hartlepool yesterday

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I pretty sure it's a Goldfich, but I'm not sure because I can't see the yellow/gold wings?
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Fenwalker1 says:

Nosam Luap yes it is a Goldfinch :-)
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NosamLuap (aka Paul Mason) says:

fenwalker1 said:

Nosam Luap yes it is a Goldfinch :-)


Thanks. I'm kinda annoyed now that I didn't get a photo of it showing the wings!
42 months ago (permalink)

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curlynicky says:

IMG_0059

There were several of these in the tree near my back garden, I thought it was a song thrush but my in-laws say its a field fair who's right?
Nicky
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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

Hi Nicky This one's a Fieldfare :-)
42 months ago (permalink)

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NosamLuap (aka Paul Mason) says:

Another one from RSPB Saltholme - I have no idea at all - the answers I gave to the RSBP Bird Finder suggested a Linnet, but photo of Linnets don't look like the bird I saw:

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42 months ago (permalink)

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coachmanphotos says:

NosamLuap: That one looks like a Reed Bunting to me. Someone else will probably confirm though.
42 months ago (permalink)

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NosamLuap (aka Paul Mason) says:

coachmanphotos said:

NosamLuap: That one looks like a Reed Bunting to me


Yes, now that I've looked one up, you're right. I dismissed that when rummaging earlier because it was described as having a black head, but reading more carefully it does say that males have a streaked head in winter.

Thanks again :)
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Wilf41 says:

mpgoodey (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!):

Thanks for the I:D :)
42 months ago (permalink)

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curlynicky says:

mpgoodey (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!):

thanks very much, now I've got to tell them they are right! :-)
42 months ago (permalink)

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welshbit says:

New one
42 months ago (permalink)

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welshbit says:

Saw it at Aberffraw, Anglesey - ???
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welshbit says:

Lapwing?
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child of herne says:

Welshbit,, This is definitely a Lapwing, sadly now much less familiar to most people than it would have been up to a few years ago. Once a familiar farmland bird breeding throughout Britain, it has greatly declined over much of the country due to intensification of agricultue and loss of suitable breeding habitat.
42 months ago (permalink)

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Colin__Murray says:

I'm fairly sure this is a young Little Grebe but I'm not one hundred percent certain

Young Little Grebe
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Stuart Carlton says:

Colin_Murray Yes indeed a Little Grebe, presumably a first year bird. Nice shot!
42 months ago (permalink)

Ammci2 [deleted] says:

Thrush - 260113

This Thrush has just started coming into the garden and I wondered which type it is?
42 months ago (permalink)

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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

Ammci2
Its a Mistle Thrush. Somewhat larger and greyer than a Song Thrush with bolder, rounder more widely separated spots.
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Ammci2 [deleted] says:

Thank you for the info - appreciated :)
42 months ago (permalink)

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Dave Kiddle says:

Marsh Tit

Could someone please confirm if this is a Marsh or Willow Tit?
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Bogger3. says:

Could someome please ID this little fellow ?
ID
42 months ago (permalink)

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puffinrona27 says:

Bogger3.= it is a long-tailed tit
42 months ago (permalink)

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puffinrona27 says:

Dave Kiddle= this might help www.birdwatch.co.uk/categories/articleitem.asp?cate=23&am...
42 months ago (permalink)

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Dave Kiddle says:

puffinrona27:

Thanks, I'm sticking with Marsh Tit :)
42 months ago (permalink)

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Bogger3. says:

Thank's for your help.

42 months ago (permalink)

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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

Dave Kiddle
Nice photo :-)
Think you are right to go with Marsh. The pale cutting edges and mark on proximal part of upper mandible is said to be about 98% reliable feature for Marsh Tit.
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Max Thompson Photography says:

Please can someone inform me of what this may be? There is another image of it in the comments the the picture. Thank you.
ID please!
42 months ago (permalink)

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former-extog says:

It's a Godwit, probably Bar-tailed but I'm not expert enough to rule out Black-tailed from the angles shown
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wakeuplittlesuzy says:

What kind of duck is this please? Is it a hybrid and if so what is it crossed with? Seen on Jumbles reservoir near Bolton.

Duck on Jumbles reservoir near Bolton
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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

wakeuplittlesuzy

A Domestic Duck. Therefore strictly speaking not a hybrid but a mixed up Mallard.
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Elaine Wallace-Legg says:

Anyone know what kind of finches these are? I thought maybe too yellow for greenfinches. thanks!

finches of some sort
42 months ago (permalink)

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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

Elaine Wallace-Legg
You're right they are not Greenfinches its a pair of Siskins with the brighter male on the right.
42 months ago (permalink)

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buckbeak888 says:

Can anyone tell me what this is please?
The Day We Had A Red Alert Weather Warning
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keith417 was keith boyer [deleted] says:

buckbeak888
its a female blackbird, nice shot
42 months ago (permalink)

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buckbeak888 says:

Thanks Keith! Much appreciated:)
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Elaine Wallace-Legg says:

mpgoodey (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!):

Aw nice, thank you for that :)
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Airwolfhound says:

Not sure ? - RSPB Sandy

Is this a redpol ? Not entirely sure.
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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

Airwolfhound
Yes its a Redpoll for sure. But I will leave it to others to say which specific species/sub species it is :-)
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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

Elaine Wallace-Legg

This may be of interest
www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/gbw
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Airwolfhound says:

Many thanks for your help, mpgoodey, much appreciated.
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fpc3661 says:

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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

fpc3661

No , not a Snow Bunting. It is a bird with a feather pigmentation disorder (lack of colour)
Its not uncommon amongst Passerines. Hard to tell size but could be something like a Chaffinch .
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Airwolfhound says:

Linnet - RSPB Sandy

Is this Linnet or a Redpoll ? I always get these mixed up lol !
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keith417 was keith boyer [deleted] says:

Airwolfhound
its a cracking shot of a redpoll
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Airwolfhound says:

Cheers Keith, like I said, I get easily confused between them both lol !
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JF-K says:

Is this species of thrush from scandanavia ? It had orangey feet as well. Seen in Essex on the coast. Too big for meadow pipit i guess.
Song Thrush ?
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Airwolfhound says:

?? - RSPB Fowlmere

Another one from me to identify (yes, I know I need to get an Observers Book of Birds lol). Seen from the Spring Hide at RSPB Fowlmere, not seen it before. Many thanks.
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child of herne says:

That is a Little Grebe, also called a Dabchick, and is a resident species. Found mainly on smaller lakes with plenty of vegetation, and can be fairly secretive. As name suggests it is the smallest of the six Grebe species found in Britain although the vagrant Pied Billed Grebe is only slightly larger.
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Bogger3. says:

Could some one confirm that this a Willow Tit ?
Willow Tit
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coachmanphotos says:

I'm afraid it looks more like a coal tit to me.
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Bogger3. says:

Thank's for the ID,

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CentricMalteser says:

I confirm also it's a Coal Tit
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Bogger3. says:

Thank's again for the ID ;-)

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enviro warrior says:

Identification Please?
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IMWAAF says:

I suspect these were a flock of Redpoll spotted on the North East coast on the 27th Feb can anybody confirm this and if so what type =D
www.flickr.com/photos/80972786@N05/sets/72157632880730757/
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child of herne says:

IMWAAF, those birds are Snow Buntings rather than any species of Redpoll. Redpolls are much smaller (Blue Tit size) and are generally feeding in trees or bushes, partyicularly Birch and Alder. Snow Buntings are almost entirely terrestrial and are a lovely bird to see. Probably of Scandinavian origin.
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mpgoodey pro (No flashing AWARDS PLEASE!) says:

enviro warrior:

The Pink legs and feet plus the white neck collar are wrong for pure Ruddy Shelduck.
I suspect this is a captive bred/feral Ruddy x Common Shelduck (bottom right corner).
Like this one- www.flickr.com/photos/dodderyicedry/6967199533/
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keith417 was keith boyer [deleted] says:

Enviro warrior
its got a lot of australian shelduck in it
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Bogger3. says:

Could some please confirm the ID and if it's a male ?
Wigeon
41 months ago (permalink)

keith417 was keith boyer [deleted] says:

Bogger3
its male wigeon nice shot
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Bogger3. says:

Thank's Keith for the ID I thought it was but not quite sure ;-)

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lovingwonderfulnature says:

Hi Does anyone know what gull this is?

Ring Billed Gull by lovingwonderfulnature


I was wondering if it was a Ring Billed Gull.

Can anyone comfirm or correct it please.
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CentricMalteser says:

I confirm it is a Ring Billed Gull
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lovingwonderfulnature says:

Hi Ok, Thank you :).
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child of herne says:

Lovingwonderfulnature, where and when did you photograph the Ring Billed Gull, as if it is not one of the regular winterers, the relevant county bird recorder shopuld be sent details of the record so that it can go into the annual bird report for that county.
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Ted Might says:

My best guess is this is a Blackcap that has stuck it's head into a flower that was full of yellow pollen but I'm not sure as there aren't any pollen-rich flowers out at the moment. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Yellow and Blackcap
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chris_adams2013 says:

Ted Might:

Sorry, I haven't a clue, but you need to post this on the Springwatch group now as this Winter one is closed (I'm sure someone there will be able to answer you).
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chris_adams2013 says:

Ted Might:

Funnily enough I've just found this:
stevesbirdingblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012_01_01_archive.html

If you scroll down that page you'll see a photo of a Blackcap looking just like yours, with a yellow face. Only thing is, he didn't know what the yellow stuff was either! :-)
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TimBrook | Photo says:

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/timbrookphoto/11601310203/] Rough Legged or just a Common Buzzard? Yorkshire Wolds on Boxing day.
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lakeslover2010 says:

any ideas? solway firth shore
Any Id please?
31 months ago (permalink)

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J Formstone says:

lakeslover2010:

They are Shelduck.
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lakeslover2010 says:

Thanks!
31 months ago (permalink)

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Phil Benton Photos says:

I know this is a poor shot its heavily cropped but can anyone tell me what it is please?
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Phil Benton Photos says:

_MG_0685
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J Formstone says:

Its a Redwing.
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Phil Benton Photos says:

Thank you Formstone!!
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MICOLO J Thanx 4, 2.5m views says:

Would this be a Song Thrush or Mistle Thrush or other Please?
Up in the trees #3
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Chris Tetley says:

I guess this is tricky is this a marsh or willow tit? How do you tell? or is it truly virtually impossible!
Marsh or Willow?
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Dan Drye says:

This handsome fellow appeared in our garden this morning. Any ideas?
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Dan Drye says:

www.flickr.com/photos/dandrye/12058128576/
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Fenwalker1 says:

Dan Drye:

Its a Sparrowhawk :-)

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PSJ Picdump says:

Yes, female sparrowhawk.
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donald.williams69 says:

can anyone id birds wings
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martynken says:

We saw this bird on Horsey beach at the end of December and didn't know what it was, we have just seen the piece on Winterwatch about Snow Buntings, is this one of them?
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Fenwalker1 says:

martynken:

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martynken says:

[url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/113940367@N03/12123024226/][img]http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2864/12123024226_6936d5baaf_c.jpg[/img][/url]
[url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/113940367@N03/12123024226/]Is this a Snow Bunting?[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/people/113940367@N03/]martynken[/url], on Flickr
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afterforty‽ with a broken camera says:

martynken:

I think this is what you were after:
Is this a Snow Bunting?
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saltwells says:

www.flickr.com/photos/saltwells/12135551115/
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brinrock says:

www.flickr.com/photos/lyncat/12154307543/
This bird appeared today for the first time in my garden but not sure if it is a Linnet or not
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donald.williams69 says:

donald.williams69:

with help from facebook I now believe the wings belong to a snipe ( i found them in centre of Chelmsford next to river )
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RobertP67 says:

www.flickr.com/photos/robplum/12682649144/

Thnk this is a wigeon, but would be grateful for confirmation. Photo taken on a canal near Walsall, West Midlands. Thanks
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Photographs 2007-2016 says:

looks good for female Wigeon to me. the blue bill is a good guide
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RobertP67 says:

_loupe:

Thanks very much.
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postman.pete says:

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Goldcrest or Firecrest please?
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postman.pete says:

Tree creeper

Tree creeper or nuthatch?
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J Formstone says:

postman.pete:
First pic is a goldcrest and second is a treecreeper.
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postman.pete says:

J Formstone (Stop the cull):

Thank you so much
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postman.pete says:

Raptor

Any idea's, sorry it's a poor shot.
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Buckeye. says:

Common buzzard
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