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Recent content by Brett Richards

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    Garganey age and sex

    When I first saw this Garganey at Flamborough on 10 May (1st image) it seemed an obvious female given the time of year. In the second image the narrow white tips to the secondaries meant it should be a 2cy, and the grey forewing semmed OK for female, but perhaps in retrospect a little too pale...
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    Bittern in breeding condition?

    I wouldn't describe the yellow bands as the lores, rather as supra-loral & sub-loral stripes. Strange that nothing like this is mentioned in the paper you referenced. I would describe the lores on the first bird (the one with the yellow bands) as greyish (female?) and on the second bird as...
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    Bittern in breeding condition?

    In the first attached image, photographed at Thornwick Pool, Flamborough, on 25 April 2021, the bird shows a swollen yellow band from above the eye to the bill, and the gape line is similarly slightly swollen. The bird in the second image, photographed at the same spot on 15 February shows no...
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    Wing for ID, Flamborough, England

    Collected the wing this afternoon, and as I had begun to suspect, I seem to have completely misinterpreted things. What I took to be the outer wing, appears to be the inner wing (secondaries). Attched to the ulna/radius there are 10 or 11 main feathers plus 2 or 3 coverts. This means it can't...
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    Wing for ID, Flamborough, England

    Yes, I know what wing length is, and I measured it as well as I could, taking into account the state of it. I didn't think it would be so much of a problem to ID. I will collect it this afternnon if it's still there.
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    Wing for ID, Flamborough, England

    Hi Deb Much too small for Herring Gull, and pattern wrong anyway. I may have to go and get it and send it to Doc Martin if I can't find a good match. Brett
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    Wing for ID, Flamborough, England

    The wing is much too large for Teal, or even Mallard, and the pattern is wrong anyway. The wing length would fit Bittern (296-357mm) and this was my first thought, but the pattern is not right for that species anyway, which has solid brown primary tips. Wing too big for Grey Partridge or...
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    Wing for ID, Flamborough, England

    That is the upperside. You made me doubt myself, so I've been back today. This is the underside below. All covers are missing on both upper- & underwing.
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    Wing for ID, Flamborough, England

    Can anyone ID this wing for me? Found today on the cliffs at Flamborough. Wing length is 307 mm. Thanks Brett
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    Ordering of species, genera, families & orders.

    Thanks for the explanation, but Galliformes are listed before Anseriformes,so I am struggling a bit. Brett
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    Ordering of species, genera, families & orders.

    Thanks Niels. I would really like to know why, e.g. on the British list, gamebirds come first, then wildfowl etc. I had always thought that the most 'primitive', i.e. the least changed from the common ancestor(s) were listed first. If this were applied to Phalacrocorax on the British list...
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    Ordering of species, genera, families & orders.

    Where did you get it from that Shag & Cormorant are more closely related to each other than either is to D-c? The latter two are closer in appearance. In any case, I'm not sure that really ansers my question.
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    Ordering of species, genera, families & orders.

    How is the order of species within genera, genera within families etc. decided? I see for instance that the BOU, following IOC, has just re-ordered the Phalacrocorax on the Britidh list; it is now Cormorant first, then Shag, then Double-crested Cormorant. What is this supposed to tell us...
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    Muscovy Duck hybrid, Yorkshire, England

    OK, thanks Joern. Brett
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    Muscovy Duck hybrid, Yorkshire, England

    The bird in the attached photos taken at Burton Agnes pond, East Yorkshire, apears to be a Muscovy Duck hybrid, but with what? Could it be with Wood Duck? A male Wood Duck was present in 2016-2018 at least, and was reported to have hybridised with a Mallard and produced young in one year. The...
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