Twitchers Revisited


#202

Roosting flocks of several thousand have occurred

BTW, Little Owl is also an ‘introduced’ species


#203

Got this today, a warbler presumably, any ideas?


#204

No idea, but what a lovely shot.


#205

Noisy little bastards. Large colony in the big tree over the road.


#206

Dunnock


#207

Ah of course, many thanks :pray:t2:


#208

Dull bird lovely song


#209

Keep the pics coming. They’re always good to see.

No shame at all in not being able to identify a bird. It happens to me a lot!

Hence the ‘warbler’ assumption.Yes, I get that, they have a lovely song.

Btw, they’re anything but dull when it comes to their reproductive habits

Not a very scientific link, but it tells the story


#210

Interessant…what a dark and depraved world the Dunnock inhabits :flushed:

I’m about 2 years into bird photography, most common types I can identify but if I need to look up something I find that if you start with the wrong assumption it’s easy to end up in a cul de sac i.e. flicking through pages of warblers, rather than accentors. Although in slight mitigation, the Dunnock is described as having a “warbler-like thin bill”.


#211

#212

Once more I’m saddened to report the death of a birding legend.

Jon Hornbuckle, the World’s greatest lister. Of the circa 10,700 extant species in the World today, Jon had seen over 9,600 and was (still is!) number one in the listing stakes.

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More than that though, he was a great character, full of great stories from just about every country on the planet. I was fortunate to have spent two weeks with him on a memorable birding trip to Morocco in 2006.

RIP Jon, you will be missed.


#213

Thanks.

Never even heard of him, but looked him up, wow.

What hidden talent and impressive people there are in this world. RIP


#214

We have a bird sitting in the snow in our back garden that I cannot identify. I don’t have a camera good enough to capture it - it’s about 30m away.

Grey Head with black flash on the eye.
Grey wing feathers
Short, stubby yellowish beak
Breast feathers look yellowish with black speckles
White feathers underneath
Tail is medium sized(!) - proportionally like a blackbirds, if that makes sense.

Any ideas?


#215

Fieldfare?

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#216

Possibly also a redwing but description does sound more like a field fare


#217

That’s it! Thank you.

It’s busy eating cotoneaster berries… hopefully not toxic for Fieldfares.

First time I have seen one in our back garden :slight_smile:


#218

Put some apples out, they love them


#219

Done!


#220

There is currently a massive displacement of birds due to the national white out. In particular Fieldfare, Redwing, Lapwing, Golden Plover and Common Snipe.

Many will appear in gardens due to the difficulty in finding food elsewhere


#221

I have a good supply of mealworm and seed, so I’ll keep things topped up.