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Old Monday 23rd June 2003, 19:50   #1
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Question bird with red beak.

Hi everyone,

Was looking out of my kitchen window today and spotted a bird with a red beak.
It was larger than a female blackbird,but was similar in colouring, but its feathers looked more ruffled.Got my bins out and various books but i,m stumped!
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Old Monday 23rd June 2003, 20:03   #2
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It had probably been eating red berries?
How much larger than a female blackbird was it?
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Old Monday 23rd June 2003, 20:18   #3
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Time to check the cagebird books for potential escapes, I suspect. Particularly if the beak was bright red.

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Old Monday 23rd June 2003, 21:47   #4
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Well it was about twice the size of a blackbird,i hadn't thought
it may have been caused by a meal!
Beak was bright crimson,seemed quite content to sit in the tree
despite the infernal drilling that was going on right behind it!
It disappeared into some undergrowth and that was the last i saw of it.

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Waht shape was the bill?
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Old Tuesday 24th June 2003, 07:31   #6
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Christine,
Did you notice the colour of its legs?
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Colin, I know where you are going. It would be a first for London wouldn't it if it was a Chough?
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There was one reported in Bucks? in other day


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'Twas reported as being brown, not black . . . sorry, Steve!

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So it was. Thanks Michael.
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Any chance that the bill had a yellow tip? Moorhens sometimes sit in trees and confuse people. Any water nearby?
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Good thinking, Graham, I'd guess that's a very good candidate

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Old Tuesday 24th June 2003, 16:49   #13
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Hi everyone,

Its legs were a sort of light brown in colour,its beak pretty much the same as a blackbird. It sat with its beak open for a while.
And yes hampstead ponds are not too far away i guess.
So probably a rather large female Blackbird that had just scoffed a load of berries then!!

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