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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Today, 17:35
Replies: 1
Views: 28
Posted By MTem
Goldeneye - the LH bird looks like a first winter...

Goldeneye - the LH bird looks like a first winter male.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 15th February 2018, 22:35
Replies: 11
Views: 394
Posted By MTem
OK John, where and when please......

OK John, where and when please......
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 15th February 2018, 19:29
Replies: 11
Views: 394
Posted By MTem
T'was me that suggested John might want to seek...

T'was me that suggested John might want to seek confirmation here ... my comments on Gallery below

Hmmm.. where and when was it taken and have you any photos of its back/rump. It does have some...
Forum: Bird Ringing and Banding Wednesday 14th February 2018, 12:54
Replies: 4
Views: 147
Posted By MTem
They sound more like the rings used by cage bird...

They sound more like the rings used by cage bird breeders than wild bird colour rings to me, so it might well be an escapee. Was it with other Siskins?
Report it through Euring or cr-birding and...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Tuesday 13th February 2018, 18:42
Replies: 3
Views: 132
Posted By MTem
They do, but they are indistinguishable from...

They do, but they are indistinguishable from local birds, some of which might well have migrated to France/Spain. You really only know if the bird is ringed or has a distinguishing mark (like a...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Tuesday 13th February 2018, 15:52
Replies: 3
Views: 132
Posted By MTem
Firstly are you sure it was a Kestrel and not a...

Firstly are you sure it was a Kestrel and not a Sparrowhawk? Kestrels will take small birds, but a Blackbird is getting a bit on the large side. Still possible for sure, but unusual.

I wouldn't...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 12th February 2018, 10:55
Replies: 14
Views: 637
Posted By MTem
They are - and in these photos you can also see...

They are - and in these photos you can also see the black tail so no need for the other ID tips!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 12th February 2018, 10:52
Replies: 4
Views: 183
Posted By MTem
Look like House martins to me.

Look like House martins to me.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 11th February 2018, 22:47
Replies: 14
Views: 637
Posted By MTem
Well I've always found that if they're up to...

Well I've always found that if they're up to their bellies they are most likely Black-tailed, if they're in shallow edges they're more likely Bar-tailed. Not always of course, but I've found it a...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 11th February 2018, 22:42
Replies: 5
Views: 308
Posted By MTem
Not an expert, but I'll have a go until one shows...

Not an expert, but I'll have a go until one shows up!

I see a bird with what looks to have a shortish tail, broad wings and a barred, not streaked breast and a dark eye. The terminal band on the...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 11th February 2018, 15:04
Replies: 3
Views: 182
Posted By MTem
They're both Stonechat's - in winter plumage. One...

They're both Stonechat's - in winter plumage. One looks to be a female, the other might be a first winter male. Others more expert might be more definitive!

A lot of bird books only show...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 11th February 2018, 14:58
Replies: 3
Views: 113
Posted By MTem
Looks like a female Red-bellied Woodpecker. Red...

Looks like a female Red-bellied Woodpecker. Red would cover more of the head and nape in the male.

Not the best named bird in my opinion as the belly is pinkish at best....

Mick
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 11th February 2018, 14:53
Replies: 17
Views: 812
Posted By MTem
Having been fortunate enough to find a first year...

Having been fortunate enough to find a first year Bonaparte's on Harris last Sept with Steve Duffield, and tracked down the regular adult visitor to Oare marshes last August I would agree that size...
Forum: France Wednesday 7th February 2018, 08:36
Replies: 5
Views: 193
Posted By MTem
Here's the Aquitaine distribution map for...

Here's the Aquitaine distribution map for 2018

http://www.faune-aquitaine.org/index.php?m_id=30264

They are certainly well distributed in that area, but still not easy to find (I've failed up to...
Forum: Bird Ringing and Banding Monday 5th February 2018, 20:13
Replies: 2
Views: 224
Posted By MTem
All true, but if you see a colour-ringed bird and...

All true, but if you see a colour-ringed bird and can record the base colour, the letter colour and the inscription (and on which leg) then you can report it through EURING...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 3rd February 2018, 08:05
Replies: 17
Views: 613
Posted By MTem
It's an Eider for me too. Mick

It's an Eider for me too.
Mick
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 1st February 2018, 13:17
Replies: 3
Views: 227
Posted By MTem
Yes a male by the looks of it.

Yes a male by the looks of it.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 30th January 2018, 08:28
Replies: 7
Views: 357
Posted By MTem
I'd agree with adult Glaucous as well, for the...

I'd agree with adult Glaucous as well, for the reasons Steve quotes.
Mick
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 29th January 2018, 14:39
Replies: 2
Views: 159
Posted By MTem
Agree

Agree
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 29th January 2018, 12:12
Replies: 2
Views: 206
Posted By MTem
Id say this is well within the range of body...

Id say this is well within the range of body colour for Great tits, believed to relate to the birds diet and general health and well being. Certainly I have birds at my feeders that look like this. I...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Sunday 28th January 2018, 12:02
Replies: 2
Views: 356
Posted By MTem
You're probably not going to like this ..... But...

You're probably not going to like this ..... But in my opinion you are intervening far too much in natural bird behaviour potentially to the detriment of the long term health and well being of both...
Forum: Information Wanted Saturday 27th January 2018, 09:22
Replies: 9
Views: 567
Posted By MTem
And the Eider ducks seem to prefer to nest right...

And the Eider ducks seem to prefer to nest right by the boardwalks for the same reason.
All those Arctics wouldn't nest in the walled yard with people going to and fro if there wasn't an advantage to...
Forum: Opus Discussion Area Saturday 27th January 2018, 09:12
Replies: 463
Views: 111,234
Posted By MTem
This is a Black-winged kite Elanus caeruleus, not...

This is a Black-winged kite Elanus caeruleus, not a Kestrel Falco tinnunculus.

Much more note-worthy! .... and indeed worthy of local reporting I'd say.

Have pm'd the OP but no reply as...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 25th January 2018, 18:14
Replies: 3
Views: 158
Posted By MTem
The 'wet and dry' versions!

The 'wet and dry' versions!
Forum: Conservation Thursday 25th January 2018, 18:12
Replies: 21
Views: 723
Posted By MTem
I think the key word is 'private' regarding the...

I think the key word is 'private' regarding the jet.
Much more energy/CO2 efficient to travel commercial if travel is necessary.
M
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