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Recent content by Dawsy

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    Which Turtle Dove? Iran, Khorasan-e Jonobi, Nov. 2022

    I'm no expert but I think the very broad dark centres to the feathers make this rufous.
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    Feather ID Aberdeen UK

    Thanks. My colleague was a bit sceptical about the colouring in the flesh; I suspect this colour variety explains that. Michael
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    Feather ID Aberdeen UK

    Thanks, it's a lot closer than I got. I had a look at helmeted guineafowl on featherbase (Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris) - Feathers on featherbase.info) and agree that some are very similar but I can't see an exact match. Whilst I was there I had a look at the one other guineafowl...
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    Feather ID Aberdeen UK

    My colleague asked me if I could identify this feather (I can't). Apparently it mysteriously appeared inside a locked car in Aberdeen in 2001! Any ideas? Michael
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    American White Pelican?? - Maryland

    Aargh, I went to Blackwater several times when I lived in Maryland and never once managed to see the pelicans, though they were regularly reported there. Very jealous. Michael
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    Bird id Derbyshire uk

    We chopped ours down in sections and replaced with some bare root native hedge plants (hazel, blackthorn, hawthorn etc). They took a year or two to properly replace the cover but are a really cheap, effective option with the bonus of edible berries for the birds in some cases.
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    Nanjing Jiangsu China nr, river (Yangtse)

    Yes, brambling. Very common in eastern China in winter.
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    Identity of bird in painting

    I love both that you posted this and that so many people have suggested identifications.
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    Sparrowhawk prey ID from feathers UK

    I can see where you're coming from with that but I feel I'd have noticed such a large bird. Could a sparrowhawk even carry one? Whatever it was was still screaming when it was being carried so must have been a whole bird.
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    Sparrowhawk prey ID from feathers UK

    A female sparrowhawk flew in to my garden in lowland central Scotland carrying prey earlier today. I didn't get a good look as I was trying not to disturb it. I went to have look at the feathers it left and they look really distinctive but I can't think what they're from. The longest feather in...
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    Idea help, please. Sparrow like. Shanghai, November

    It's a bunnting of some sort. I wonder if it's Japanese reed bunting. I've only seen one once but it gave the same impression of being small and pale like this.
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    Bird ID, Tacoma, Washington

    I assume you're used to seeing belted kingfisher, in which case I think it's simply the lighting conditions making it look duller colours.
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    Two Thrush, Shanghai, October

    First is definitely grey-backed thrush. I'm not sure on the second. Michael
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    "brown" flycatcher Shanghai

    The birds I've ID'ed as dark-sided are much more obviously dark-sided than this. There's clear contrast between flanks and belly. I'd call this asian brown too. Michael
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    Distant bird in flight - Southeastern Massachusetts

    Looks like a woodpecker to me. Red bellied? Michael