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Recent content by CARERY


    Common or Siberian Chiffchaff (Dutch coast, forest near dunes, 22th of October 2021)

    Chiffchaff is a very variable species - the ID of (sub)species often is only possible using DNA. Personally, I would leave it as Chiffchaff ssp.. In case you are not aware, here's a link to a very neat recent publication: (PDF) Migrating chiffchaff taxa in the Netherlands: a 10-year genetic study

    Namibia - Walvis Bay Terns , Other Terns

    No, it's a Common Tern - bill too long, trailing edge to primaries from below too broad etc.

    Iduna Warbler, Jersey

    Here is a link to the checklist with more photos of the same bird including a voice recording (scroll down): https://ebird.org/india/checklist/S60167109 Again, I'm not doubting the ID of the Jersey bird but find it interesting to see that those Asian Idunas can moult at this time of the year...

    Iduna Warbler, Jersey

    Are suggesting it could be an EOW which should not occur in India?

    Iduna Warbler, Jersey

    I appreciate that this bird possibly isn't IDable with 100% certainty. But for the sake of arguments, I did manage to find a (not very good) picture of a Sykes's end of September in India in a very similar state of moult, where the newly grown feathers look surprisingly dark: Sykes's Warbler...

    Iduna Warbler, Jersey

    Me again... unfortunately I've no access to the Birding World paper from Svensson (2001) but I found the citation that the emarginations in EOW should fall at level with the tips of the secondaries whereas in Sykes's they fall well short of that. According to that IMO in this bird the...

    Iduna Warbler, Jersey

    A very legitimate question! I did not consider Sykes's because it seemed to be so grey. But given the second set of pics and the bright sunshine, colours seem to be difficult to judge. Sykes's is not supposed to show a pale wing panel and usually has a dark smudge at the tip of the lower...

    Iduna Warbler, Jersey

    P1 is longer than the primary coverts, so OTW (and also Upcher's) is out. One image of the second set shows the bill from above, the edges are not clearly convex as they would be in Western Olivaceous. So, EOW it is imo. Nice record!

    Ducks in Crete

    The proportions are odd (fat, short-necked, strange angle of bill to head). I suggest these are some 'wildtype-coloured' domestic ducks.
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    Warbler or What,What? Western Hokkaido, Japan, Otaru

    FWIW, Sakhalin Leaf Warbler is indistinguishable from Pale-legged Leaf Warbler in the field. That means it would have pale legs which your bird hasn't...
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    Bird ID Gambell, Alaska USA

    They do look like Redpolls...
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    Ring ouzel ID? - Istanbul Turkey

    Agreed, the white wing panel is also a good hint.
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    Which Buteo? Cuenca-Central Spain-August 2021

    I think Atlas Long-legged Buzzard (though a recent paper suggests that it's actually a B. buteo North African Buzzard is not a Long-legged but an allospecies of Common Buzzard - MaghrebOrnitho) seems a good call. But with this black subterminal bar it is also reminiscent of a vulpinus. Still, I...
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    Woodpecker ID-Istanbul

    The pale red vent is better for Syrian which also has some white at the outermost tail feather. However, don't know if a late-brood-not-yet-moulted 1cy Greater Spotted can be excluded...
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    Need help for Buzzard id. Istanbul

    Long-legged Buzzard - unmarked pale orange-red tail, dark belly and flanks and long wings with dark carpal patches