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Birds (feathered kind)
« on: August 07, 2011, 01:27:28 pm »
This cheeky chappie was at Stonehenge eating scraps from the tourists.  You don't often see them in gardens nowadays.

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Re: Birds (feathered kind)
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2011, 04:02:53 pm »
Still plenty of starlings round here. We get a gang coming to our bird feeders every day in winter.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Birds (feathered kind)
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2011, 09:51:16 pm »
Another cheeky starling -


and one of my favourites, the razorbill -

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Re: Birds (feathered kind)
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2011, 10:23:53 pm »
Starlings are cool:


IMG_1328 by The Pingus, on Flickr

We've had one in our garden nomming mealworms.

Re: Birds (feathered kind)
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2011, 12:37:40 am »
This cheeky chappie was at Stonehenge eating scraps from the tourists.  You don't often see them in gardens nowadays.



That's a wonderful picture!  Bird by Faberge!

Re: Birds (feathered kind)
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2011, 05:42:08 pm »
The juvenile ones are even nicer - they have a fawn-coloured head and neck.
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Re: Birds (feathered kind)
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2011, 06:19:12 pm »
I seem to remember that the starling is the national bird of Russia.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Birds (feathered kind)
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2011, 08:26:46 pm »
I seem to remember that the starling is the national bird of Russia.

And they can probably speak French, like Faberge and the Tsarist court.  They can certainly speak everything else!

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Re: Birds (feathered kind)
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2011, 09:01:08 pm »
I seem to remember that the starling is the national bird of Russia.

I always assumed it was the cuckoo.
 
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Re: Birds (feathered kind)
« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2012, 10:35:03 am »
I think these are wagtails. On the church roof. One young, one adult?



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Re: Birds (feathered kind)
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2012, 01:41:55 am »
Pied wagtails, subspecies of  White wagtail: Motacilla alba yarellii as opposed to M. a. alba. Part of a very wide range of variants, geographically.
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Re: Birds (feathered kind)
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2012, 07:53:53 am »
Many thanks Steph.  :)

My knowledge of birds is somewhat limited.
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Re: Birds (feathered kind)
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2012, 07:47:44 am »
So is mine...just slightly less so. Listen for their flight calls, 'chissick'
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« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2012, 09:06:29 am »
Starling trivia: their eyes are aligned so they look straight along their beak, so they can see into the holes they poke in the ground.
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Re: Birds (feathered kind)
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2012, 11:57:27 am »
This chap.



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Re: Birds (feathered kind)
« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2012, 02:37:11 pm »
Some more with a bigger lens





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« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2012, 05:02:17 pm »
Great tit!


Wonderful greenfinches!
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Re: Birds (feathered kind)
« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2012, 12:38:03 am »
Thanks Steph, you are singlehandedly helping me put away nearly 50 years of birding ignorance!

Another greenfinch here.



I hope it is a greenfinch  ;D
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Re: Birds (feathered kind)
« Reply #18 on: August 24, 2012, 06:57:53 am »
Yup. Interestingly, or so I am told, the green colour is from the structure of the feathers rather than pigment. Then again, that could be bollocks. With a greenfinch, listen for a long drawn out 'djoooozzzhhhhh' sounfd as a call.
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Re: Birds (feathered kind)
« Reply #19 on: August 26, 2012, 09:08:25 pm »
The male ones are actually very green (although it varies by individual).  Quite aggressive-looking birds which tend to scare off the tits, although the bullfinches are unfazed by them.
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Re: Birds (feathered kind)
« Reply #20 on: September 05, 2012, 09:47:31 pm »
In a Belgian pond:


IMG_0846 by The Pingus, on Flickr

Re: Birds (feathered kind)
« Reply #21 on: September 09, 2012, 11:55:10 pm »
Juvenile moorhen?

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Re: Birds (feathered kind)
« Reply #22 on: September 10, 2012, 12:35:22 am »
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« Reply #23 on: September 15, 2012, 08:55:29 pm »
taken at warwick castle .. :)








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Re: Birds (feathered kind)
« Reply #24 on: November 05, 2012, 10:32:13 am »
A load of Waxwings feasting on rowan berries.

Low light and rain - tricky for photographing



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