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Recent content by aeshna5

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    Butterfly ID Algarve Portugal

    Underwing pattern totally wrong for this species. A far better fit & is very small is African Grass Blue, Zizeeria knysna, which is common in parts of southern Spain/Portugal.
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    First Redwing Of The Year

    Yes many thousands crossed London well over a week ago. In Surrey nearly 35,000 passed over Leith Hill on Oct 13th. I'm still seeing small flocks passing over most mornings I'm out, but few on the deck yet.
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    S Florida Raptor ID: Immature Cooper's, Sharpie, or something else?

    Structure is of a Buteo rather than Accipiter. I would suggest Red-shouldered.
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    Australian Moths and other garden observations

    I didn't realise Convolvulus Hawkmoths had such a wide distribution. Some of the others are pretty smart too.
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    October Moths - 2021

    On a west London nature reserve 21 moths of 12 species with: 4 Green-brindled Crescent 2 Feathered Thorn 2 Brick Tachystola acroxantha Satellite Red-green Carpet Diurnea lipsiella 2 Chestnut November Moth agg 3 Box Moth 2 Double-striped Pug Red-line Quaker
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    Isle of Wight UK 15th October 2021 ID Help

    Agree, Black Redstart.
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    Broad-billed Sandpiper? / Iran

    Straightforward Dunlin for me too.
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    Late butterflies 2021

    At Two Tree Island, Essex today 3 Red Admirals & also 3 Small Whites.
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    Sea watching Sheringham Norfolk (Not Gannets) 21/10/21

    Common Scoter was my first thought before looking at the replies here. I've just seen about 1,000 Brents today in Essex & these don't remind me of them at all.
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    Egret or Heron?

    Snowy Egret would be a massive rarity in Europe. Little Egret is the default species here which is what this looks like.
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    Late butterflies 2021

    A Small White & 2 Red Admirals in a Wandsworth Park today.
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    Terns, Norfolk/Suffolk, mid-September

    Looks reddish on my screen. For me Common Tern.
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    Insects from Crete

    Polistes sp paper wasp.
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    Rarest bird you have seen in the UK?

    Not sure Gannet could be called rare under any definition as Bass Rock has the world's largest Northern Gannet population & the UK has a population in excess of 290,000 birds & over half the world population.
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    Ducks in Crete

    I also think these are domestic Mallards. Other than posture the colours are rather off for a true wild bird.