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Bird ID please
« on: 08 April, 2020, 09:01:20 pm »
Heavily cropped phone pic. This was gathering worms on this football pitch on which all the grass has gone yellow due to it being, as the sign puts it, “prepared” for a new pitch.



Skylark?


nicknack

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Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #1 on: 08 April, 2020, 09:24:40 pm »
Skylark?
There's no vibrations, but wait.

Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #2 on: 08 April, 2020, 09:30:00 pm »
The contrast is a bit strong for Skylark, but I don't have a better suggestion.


Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #3 on: 08 April, 2020, 10:12:04 pm »
Thanks. Can’t think of anything else it could be.

I just hope that whatever was making the grass go yellow hasn’t had a harmful effect on the worms and hence the birds. There did seem to be an awful lot of worms - they might have been forced to the surface.




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Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #4 on: 22 March, 2022, 12:19:25 am »
Hijacking an existing thread rather than starting anew..

It is simpler than it looks.

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Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #5 on: 22 March, 2022, 12:22:20 am »
Chukar partridge.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chukar_partridge

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The chukar readily interbreeds with the red-legged partridge (Alectoris rufa), and the practice of breeding and releasing captive-bred hybrids has been banned in various countries including the United Kingdom, as it is a threat to wild populations.
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Jaded

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Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #6 on: 22 March, 2022, 12:41:48 am »
Oooh, thanks!
It is simpler than it looks.

Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #7 on: 22 March, 2022, 06:12:40 pm »
Chukar partridge.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chukar_partridge

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The chukar readily interbreeds with the red-legged partridge (Alectoris rufa), and the practice of breeding and releasing captive-bred hybrids has been banned in various countries including the United Kingdom, as it is a threat to wild populations.
It's a red-legged partridge
Chukar have just a narrowish black band between the white throat and the breast, without the black streaking.
They are also resident from Turkey eastwards, and would only occur in the UK as escapes, or if some gamebird breeder (for shooting) got mixed up.

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Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #8 on: 22 March, 2022, 11:37:38 pm »
Thanks. I thought it looked like a red-legged and decided to check. I then thought Jaded's image looked identical to the chukar so assumed I must have got it wrong.
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Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #9 on: 23 March, 2022, 07:40:31 pm »
If you just google images, there can often be incorrectly labelled hits to mislead
This is a Chukar, with a relatively narrow, well defined black band on the breast, and a creamy throat.

Feanor

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Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #10 on: 24 May, 2022, 09:51:40 pm »
I expect this is an easy one!
On the last 2 rides which have taken me into upland moorlands, I've wondered what these are.

Habitat is upland moorlands, so probably ground nesting.
Locations were: Approach to Lecht from Tomintoul, and moorland around Redstane Rigg.
Medium sized, perhaps size of a small pidgeon or similar.
Black when viewed from above, but when seen from below, white underbellies and wing patches.

Very characteristic flight: swooping down to the ground, just missing it, and swooping up again. Usually in pairs. Repeat this dive-bombing several times, before finally landing and sitting down.
Also very characteristic: The tops of their heads seem to have a tall crest that curves and hooks forwards towards the top.

Wot is it?


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Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #12 on: 24 May, 2022, 10:09:59 pm »
Or maybe a peewit.

Feanor

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Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #13 on: 24 May, 2022, 10:12:26 pm »
Lapwing ?

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/lapwing/

The head crest thing is not curved and hooky-forward, so no, I don't think so.
That's one of the most characteristic things.

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Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #14 on: 24 May, 2022, 10:27:17 pm »
Check out Google image search. There are examples of lapwings with crests which go forward.

Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #15 on: 25 May, 2022, 09:43:21 am »
Or maybe a peewit.
Same thing in the UK.

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In Europe's Anglophone countries, lapwing refers specifically to the northern lapwing, the only member of this group to occur in most of the continent and thus the first bird to go by the English name lapwing (also known as peewit or pyewipe).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lapwing
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Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #16 on: 25 May, 2022, 04:08:33 pm »
Guilty of smiley neglect.

Wowbagger

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Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #17 on: 25 May, 2022, 06:56:45 pm »
Guilty of smiley neglect.

Indeed. I almost said I thought it was a green plover.
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Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #18 on: 12 February, 2023, 04:13:10 pm »
What’s this?


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Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #19 on: 12 February, 2023, 04:25:56 pm »
Blackcap?
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RobertW

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Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #20 on: 12 February, 2023, 04:50:26 pm »
Dartford Warbler.  Were you near heathland or the coast ?

Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #21 on: 12 February, 2023, 05:18:53 pm »
Dartford Warbler.  Were you near heathland or the coast ?

Thanks! Richmond Park.

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Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #22 on: 12 February, 2023, 05:33:33 pm »
Dartford Warbler.  Were you near heathland or the coast ?

Feeling a bit smug at this. My immediate thought was "Dartford warbler?" and followed it up with a "Surely not? You don't see them unless you spend ages looking!"

Did you see that whilst on a bike ride, Sgt. P? If so, it's a brilliant spot. I've never seen one. They are quite rare.

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/dartford-warbler/

I see they are back on the Amber list after being Red for almost my entire life.
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Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #23 on: 12 February, 2023, 05:41:25 pm »
My partner Rie spotted it in Richmond Park yesterday morning when she was out for a walk with a bird-watching friend.

RobertW

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Re: Bird ID please
« Reply #24 on: 12 February, 2023, 05:43:29 pm »
That seems like a good sighting.  They are often associated with gorse, where I saw one on the south coast last week.  They do not do well in a snowy/icy winter.