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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 5th January 2018, 17:47
Replies: 2
Views: 245
Posted By Dean Nicholson
Thanks Malky, They aren't easy, and...

Thanks Malky,

They aren't easy, and Identification of such types will always involve a certain amount of (educated) guesswork and subjectivity.I'm not even 100% sure if parvipes is even recognized...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 5th January 2018, 17:31
Replies: 4
Views: 264
Posted By Dean Nicholson
I also thought Goosander when i read the OP.......

I also thought Goosander when i read the OP.... lots moving about at the moment too.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 5th January 2018, 15:33
Replies: 2
Views: 245
Posted By Dean Nicholson
Lesser Canada Goose - Cornwall, UK

Not one to get too excited about in terms of natural vagrancy but Would appreciate any thoughts on this Lesser type Canada Goose at Drift Reservoir on Dec 12th.
Apparently (although i never realised...
Forum: Gulls Sunday 31st December 2017, 17:25
Replies: 0
Views: 362
Posted By Dean Nicholson
Yellow legged GBB Gulls

Two adult marinus in Penzance, Cornwall last week with yellow legs and feet, presumably a pair (one obviously heavier than the other) as both birds stuck together over the two days they were present...
Forum: Gulls Sunday 10th December 2017, 14:05
Replies: 4
Views: 531
Posted By Dean Nicholson
2w Herring Gull - not quite enough dark in the...

2w Herring Gull - not quite enough dark in the tail for smiths, also 2w smiths tend to show a pale based (Glaucous-like) bill by this date. Many Northern Herring Gulls (from Scandinavia, Iceland,...
Forum: Gulls Friday 8th December 2017, 15:28
Replies: 148
Views: 22,688
Posted By Dean Nicholson
Thanks Steve, Nice to get feedback from someone...

Thanks Steve,

Nice to get feedback from someone who actually see's these regularly....
Like you say it was a chunky bird and obviously bigger than the LBB's present, more Herring or Y-L Gull size....
Forum: Gulls Thursday 7th December 2017, 09:25
Replies: 148
Views: 22,688
Posted By Dean Nicholson
Excellent thread, many thanks Steve (and Alex!) -...

Excellent thread, many thanks Steve (and Alex!) - inspiring and horrifying in equal measures!

Steve, any thoughts on this adult bird from England in late March 2012 -...
Forum: Gulls Thursday 30th November 2017, 16:53
Replies: 12
Views: 1,655
Posted By Dean Nicholson
None according to BBRC, quite a few if you ask...

None according to BBRC, quite a few if you ask me! ;)
Forum: Gulls Monday 30th October 2017, 21:40
Replies: 12
Views: 1,655
Posted By Dean Nicholson
Hi Steve, Yep, still decent numbers of LBB's down...

Hi Steve, Yep, still decent numbers of LBB's down here, at least a couple of thousand at the 2 sites I've been watching. Relying on pig fields as a magnet now though as all the local tips have closed...
Forum: Gulls Monday 30th October 2017, 20:29
Replies: 12
Views: 1,655
Posted By Dean Nicholson
Well spotted, not quite sure why I put that...

Well spotted, not quite sure why I put that APSTROPHE in there? ;-)
Oh well, at least I only put it in bold in the header so not many people will notice...!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 30th October 2017, 20:03
Replies: 3
Views: 389
Posted By Dean Nicholson
Not easy on these shots but looks more like...

Not easy on these shots but looks more like graellsii to me.....
Forum: Gulls Monday 30th October 2017, 16:43
Replies: 12
Views: 1,655
Posted By Dean Nicholson
Nott's Baltic Gull - about as good as it gets.....

.......without a ring!

Present in the Bellmoor Lake roost since Oct 20th when first found by Paul Hobson.

Not only in terms of overall appearance but also the primary moult stage of p1-p3 renewed,...
Forum: Gulls Friday 18th August 2017, 15:33
Replies: 1
Views: 2,644
Posted By Dean Nicholson
fuscus? - Lincs

Eye-catching small and pale juvenile LBB this afternoon at Norton Disney.... had a nice white-ish underwing too which can just about be appreciated in the flapping shot although note that most of the...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 15th August 2017, 13:20
Replies: 2
Views: 216
Posted By Dean Nicholson
2cy LBB

2cy LBB
Forum: Gulls Tuesday 11th July 2017, 14:14
Replies: 3
Views: 3,725
Posted By Dean Nicholson
Hi Keith, Time of year, mantle tone and primary...

Hi Keith,

Time of year, mantle tone and primary pattern all point to argenteus..... some intergrades could look similar i guess but certainly not difficult to find local argenteus Herring gulls...
Forum: Bats Monday 1st May 2017, 19:05
Replies: 6
Views: 2,189
Posted By Dean Nicholson
large bat sp in-off the sea?

Hi,

This morning (c08;00) i had a large Bat sp fly in-off the sea at Easington, E Yorkshire.
I have no idea of the species but looked much bigger and longer winged than Pipistrelles i see regularly...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 19th February 2017, 10:40
Replies: 3
Views: 600
Posted By Dean Nicholson
adult White winger - Nottinghamshire, England

The attached was at Cotham Tip for a short time yesterday, initial thoughts were of a Glauc but on seeing it in profile i was concerned by the long primary projection and also by the extensive red...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 25th January 2017, 19:42
Replies: 7
Views: 641
Posted By Dean Nicholson
Hi all, The problem with young Caspians is, like...

Hi all, The problem with young Caspians is, like all other large gulls that they can show considerable variation....its a fine line deciding when a bird looks so atypical that the hybrid theory comes...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 24th January 2017, 20:19
Replies: 7
Views: 641
Posted By Dean Nicholson
Not a great pic and can't make out tertial...

Not a great pic and can't make out tertial pattern through the vegetation but to me looks pretty good for a 2w casp, you could say the scaps look a bit messy and its maybe a bit dirty below which...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 23rd January 2017, 09:37
Replies: 4
Views: 653
Posted By Dean Nicholson
Thanks Lou, Indeed it was the amount of black on...

Thanks Lou,

Indeed it was the amount of black on p5 that turned me off the idea of a dark yellow legged tatus... Like you say those dark types tend to have very little if any black on p5... There...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 22nd January 2017, 20:26
Replies: 33
Views: 1,837
Posted By Dean Nicholson
Little Egret - feet covered by mud..... D

Little Egret - feet covered by mud.....

D
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 22nd January 2017, 18:57
Replies: 4
Views: 653
Posted By Dean Nicholson
couple more....mantle tone shown nicely here

couple more....mantle tone shown nicely here
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 22nd January 2017, 18:51
Replies: 4
Views: 653
Posted By Dean Nicholson
hybrid gull, Scarborough, England 20/01/17

Anyone fancy sorting parentage out for this one? i guess the default would be LBB x Herring but could the broad band across p5 suggest michahellis influence? eye ring orangey red.....
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 1st December 2016, 18:05
Replies: 7
Views: 633
Posted By Dean Nicholson
Thanks for the comments, Regrettably I never...

Thanks for the comments,

Regrettably I never kept the wings (that's literally all there was...and a bit of spine) as i only really considered heinei when i looked closer at the photos a couple of...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 30th November 2016, 19:01
Replies: 7
Views: 633
Posted By Dean Nicholson
Common Gull wings, E Yorkshire 19/11/16

possible heinei or variant Canus?

nearly all black p8, broad band on p5 and smudge on outer web of p4 not a common combination for canus? ...... also decent 'spike' running a good way up outer web...
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