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Mystery bird
« on: April 30, 2019, 12:50:29 pm »
I keep catching site of a mystery bird in the garden. Bigger than a sparrow but no where near as big as blackbird. Slighter than a sparrow too. Overall a grey / pale brown but with white bars showing on its wings when folded. I think the beak is longer and less stubby than a finch or tit. The flaming thing is very flighty an disappears as soon as I try and get a good look. Any ideas?
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Mystery bird
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2019, 02:05:34 pm »
Dunnock(also referred to as a Hedge Sparrow but is actually part of the Thrush Family)?


Sometimes the white bars on the wings are more prominent than in that photo.

Re: Mystery bird
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2019, 02:15:11 pm »
No we have loads of Dunnocks. Longer legged and slighter than that.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Mystery bird
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2019, 02:17:56 pm »
Female Chaffinch?

Re: Mystery bird
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2019, 02:20:08 pm »
Ahh that may be it. There were some Chaffinches about.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Mystery bird
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2019, 02:21:22 pm »
Definitely now I have looked at another picture:



I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Mystery bird
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2019, 02:43:50 pm »
Sorted then :thumbsup:

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Re: Mystery bird
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2019, 02:52:18 pm »
Dunnock(also referred to as a Hedge Sparrow but is actually part of the Thrush Family)?


Sometimes the white bars on the wings are more prominent than in that photo.

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Re: Mystery bird
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2019, 10:42:27 am »
Simon Barnes (The Times sports and bird journalist), who I think has a wonderful way of describing things, says the chaffinch song sounds like it's got a sneeze at the end of it. Makes me smile whenever I hear it.
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Re: Mystery bird
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2019, 03:40:59 pm »
Not quite sure which thread to put this in, so it is here. Some birds I know, others I don't! I know they should all be simple ones...

(1) Goldfinch


(2)


(3) Greenfinch?


(4)


(5) Thrush?


(6)  Blue tit

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Re: Mystery bird
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2019, 07:33:15 pm »
2 = House sparrow (damp)
3 = Greenfinch (male)
4 = Greenfinch (female or juvie)
5 = Song thrush I think

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Re: Mystery bird
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2019, 07:45:50 pm »
Thanks! Everything is damp at the moment...
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Re: Mystery bird
« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2019, 12:47:21 pm »
I think this may be a redpoll? (poor photo through glass as it was snatched quickly!)

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Re: Mystery bird
« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2019, 12:59:26 pm »
Yup, lesser. I'm guessing a female at this time of year.

Re: Mystery bird
« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2019, 04:01:06 pm »
'awk.
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Re: Mystery bird
« Reply #15 on: June 02, 2019, 10:58:45 am »
2 = House sparrow (damp)
3 = Greenfinch (male)
4 = Greenfinch (female or juvie)
5 = Song thrush I think


Song (shouty) thrush. Mistle (miserable) has rounder spots, shouty has heart or arrow-shaped.
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Re: Mystery bird
« Reply #16 on: June 02, 2019, 11:22:29 am »
Simon Barnes (The Times sports and bird journalist), who I think has a wonderful way of describing things, says the chaffinch song sounds like it's got a sneeze at the end of it. Makes me smile whenever I hear it.

The Willow Warbler's song is very similar in shape to that of a chaffinch but much more understated and polite!

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Re: Mystery bird
« Reply #17 on: June 02, 2019, 01:10:33 pm »
Simon Barnes (The Times sports and bird journalist), who I think has a wonderful way of describing things, says the chaffinch song sounds like it's got a sneeze at the end of it. Makes me smile whenever I hear it.

The Willow Warbler's song is very similar in shape to that of a chaffinch but much more understated and polite!

This is true, but these days I think of them as more like a legato chiffchaff, although they do tend to descend the scale whereas the chiffchaff sticks to (mostly) the same few quarter tones within a minor third. Having said that, I recall on one occasion only seeing a small warblerly bird singing in a completely different way - a proper song - which went on for quite a few seconds before it turned back into the normal chiffchaff song again. The RSPB website only give the normal "chiff-chaff" song.
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Re: Mystery bird
« Reply #18 on: June 09, 2019, 04:40:32 pm »
Willow arbler and chaffinch are both descending songs, but the chaffinch normally adds a "wheedly-ooh!" to the end.
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