Julie Mailer
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Dom Barker
Chaffinch?
David Gotts
Brambling?
Julie Mailer
I'm thinking Twite?? ߧ
David Gotts
Are they a little pale underneath for Twite?
Julie Mailer
Yeah. They were very small, just slightly bigger than blue tit size. I thought Bunting of some sort, but I'm stumped. Wish I'd got a better shot.
Barry Farquharson
They're Redpoll, Julie.
Julie Mailer
Aah, thank you Barry. I think you've cracked it.
Barry Farquharson
They will often associate with Siskins too. In winter flocks you might find a mixture of Lesser (the more usual small 'brown' ones mostly), Common/Mealy (generally relatively grey and a bit larger) and if you're really lucky, one of the Arctics (really pale birds and also a bit larger). There is con...View More
Julie Mailer
Thanks Barry. Great stuff as always. ✌
Andrew Goodall
Spot on Barry
Julie Mailer
Hanging around the car park.
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On the River Earn.
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Barry Farquharson
Looks rather serene for a Cormorant (when they usually tend to look like something almost prehistoric). Might just be the light and location. :-)
Julie Mailer
Handsome visitor surveying the garden this morning.
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Barry Farquharson
My initial thought was a Merlin but if it was chasing Pigeons then that would be an ambitious bird and looking at the photo properly it doesn’t look quite right. As it has jesses the possibilities increase outside of my experience so I ran the photo through the Merlin app which suggested a Prairie F...View More
Julie Mailer
Thanks Barry. When I looked at my favourite book, 'Britain's Birds, Second Edition' the closest thing I could fathom was a Saker Falcon. With its pale cheeks and streaked-like feather pattern. I didn't see the Falconer at all just the bird. And it came very close. It was a wonderful encounter.
Barry Farquharson
Saker (or hybrids with Saker in the mix) are probably far more likely than Prairie Falcon to be being flown around in Scotland. I think they are quite popular among Falconers. Barring on tail does appear similar to illustrations in Collins guide. Saker is a big bird - similar to Goshawk size and big...View More
Julie Mailer
I would agree with this. I saw a Peregrine today hunting cliffs near Lunan. It was much smaller than this tethered bird.
Andrew Goodall
I would say Saker
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Ramesh Chaudhary
Bird be like- "I'm ready,you can click me"ߘ0ߘ
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Andrew Goodall
Hi Julie. Good question and the light is not brilliant for ID. Your top bird is actually a Meadow Pipit, lower bird possible Chiffchaff
Julie Mailer
Thanks Andrew. I thought the Pipit was a juvenile Skylark due to the large talon they have, I didn't realise Meadow Pipits had them too.
Andrew Goodall
Hi Julie, yep they sure do. An easy two birds to be confused over.
Barry Farquharson
You can rule out Sedge Warbler for your warbler. Like Andrew, I'm leaning towards Chiffchaff being the likelier of the two - the broken white eye ring coupled with the relatively faint supercilium being the main reasons - though lighting conditions may be giving a false impression of these.
Julie Mailer
I have seen many a Kingfisher, but today, I finally got my shot. What a bird.
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Barry Farquharson
Nice to get one so close, they can be very skittish.
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