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RichieTwitchy Tuesday 18th July 2017 19:46

What Grouse...? Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve, Lunt, near Crosby UK
 
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Taken at Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve, Lunt, near Crosby UK today.

There were about seven of these little fellows that I came across who all ran away except for this one who hunkered down - I gently took the photo before quietly stepping forward before he fled after being alerted by his mother who flew by at tremendous speed making such a racket - so quickly that I couldn't make a true identification!

So what Grouse is it?

Thank you :-)

John Tindale Tuesday 18th July 2017 19:54

Dont look like grouse to me. Partridge perhaps, or ornamental pheasant?

RichieTwitchy Tuesday 18th July 2017 20:04

Didn't think about a Partridge.

A guy who walked by told me it was a Grouse, but maybe he was wrong.

I looked up a juvenile Grouse and it seemed similar.

Thanks for your help :-)

Byronix Tuesday 18th July 2017 20:05

Yeah, agreed, Grey Partridge chicks:

http://l7.alamy.com/zooms/c51571917d...dix-cx6899.jpg

RichieTwitchy Tuesday 18th July 2017 20:08

Thanks guys - I'm learning - and ticking more birds off my list - all the time :t:

Great stuff!

fdokykcu Wednesday 19th July 2017 10:13

Grey partridge, yes. Scapular pattern is typical, with more or less developed "croix de Lorraine" depending on sex and age

RichieTwitchy Wednesday 19th July 2017 11:14

Thanks for the info fdokykcu :t:

Johnny1 Wednesday 19th July 2017 18:16

There are no grouse at Lunt only Partridge and pheasant, probably the nearest place to Lunt for grouse would be the West Lancashire moors.

RichieTwitchy Wednesday 19th July 2017 18:39

Cheers for that Jonny.


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