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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Today, 08:58
Replies: 17
Views: 586
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
On balance I think this has to be an (abietinus?...

On balance I think this has to be an (abietinus? - I think range suits this best) common chiffchaff. In the new photo the buff in the underparts and supercilium are even stronger, the green tones in...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 25th October 2020, 21:11
Replies: 17
Views: 586
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
The green in the wings and tail strongly suggests...

The green in the wings and tail strongly suggests Siberian
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 20th October 2020, 00:21
Replies: 14
Views: 741
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
The description of rising and then falling sounds...

The description of rising and then falling sounds much better for the sweeoo call type rather than the standard hweet. As far as I’m aware, no tristis has ever been recorded giving this call - but...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 19th October 2020, 23:51
Replies: 14
Views: 741
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
With the description of the call alone, there is...

With the description of the call alone, there is no way this can be Siberian chiffchaff. The call described sounds like the ‘sweeoo’ call of common chiffchaff.

Plumage wise, there are a few things...
Forum: Information Wanted Tuesday 13th October 2020, 20:46
Replies: 7
Views: 294
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Another option is to upload to the Macaulay...

Another option is to upload to the Macaulay Library and then link to your 'scrolling sonogram' there.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 6th October 2020, 11:12
Replies: 13
Views: 558
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Surely it called?

Surely it called?
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 2nd October 2020, 15:47
Replies: 10
Views: 450
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
It's a Cory's - dark tail with pale at base, and...

It's a Cory's - dark tail with pale at base, and white undertail coverts in combination rule out everything else.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 8th September 2020, 13:53
Replies: 6
Views: 280
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
I think it looks young, rather than oiled.

I think it looks young, rather than oiled.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 6th September 2020, 16:04
Replies: 14
Views: 631
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
The dark alula and rich rufous wing contrasting...

The dark alula and rich rufous wing contrasting with duller colours on what can be seen on the rest of the upperparts strongly suggests Sylvia
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 24th August 2020, 14:07
Replies: 12
Views: 595
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
7 primary tips, short P2 and emargination on P4...

7 primary tips, short P2 and emargination on P4 make it a common nightingale
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 22nd August 2020, 18:43
Replies: 3
Views: 235
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Not Siberian I’m afraid. Supercilium is weak and...

Not Siberian I’m afraid. Supercilium is weak and especially so relative to the strong eye ring. It’s also lacking the warm tones around the face that a Siberian should show.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 14th August 2020, 22:03
Replies: 12
Views: 474
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Looks like a whitethroat - pale legs, rufous...

Looks like a whitethroat - pale legs, rufous tones on the coverts etc.
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 13th August 2020, 16:14
Replies: 52
Views: 1,761
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
I fully agree with most of what's been written...

I fully agree with most of what's been written above, but there is a small element of luck involved - you can't find a rare bird where there isn't one. You can be the best prepared birder, and spend...
Forum: Information Wanted Monday 27th July 2020, 16:36
Replies: 5
Views: 344
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
This is from the BBRC website: 4.1.1 Definition...

This is from the BBRC website:

4.1.1 Definition of a BBRC Rarity
The starting point for defining a national rarity is either 100 or fewer individuals in the most recent ten-year period, or ten or...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 28th June 2020, 10:54
Replies: 34
Views: 2,488
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Agree - I think it depends on where you are as...

Agree - I think it depends on where you are as well. If you’re somewhere in the U.S then I suspect most of not all of the reviewing is covered. In the U.K., where ebird has only recently taken off,...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 26th June 2020, 17:22
Replies: 9
Views: 557
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
I have no idea I’m afraid! I guess you could ask...

I have no idea I’m afraid! I guess you could ask in the help centre?
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 26th June 2020, 15:24
Replies: 9
Views: 557
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
The ebird thresholds can easily be changed by the...

The ebird thresholds can easily be changed by the local reviewer. I must get round to it at some point...!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 25th June 2020, 14:39
Replies: 11
Views: 446
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Surely this is a sparrowhawk. Hen harrier would...

Surely this is a sparrowhawk. Hen harrier would have three broad dark bars across the secondaries, including a very broad one at the trailing edge. This bird has 5/6 very narrow bars and no trailing...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 21st June 2020, 10:38
Replies: 11
Views: 1,029
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Willow warbler only gets its strong yellow tones...

Willow warbler only gets its strong yellow tones after its post juv moult - so the yellow ones are first winters rather than juvs. While in juvenile plumage, willow warblers can be very dull...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 20th June 2020, 22:55
Replies: 11
Views: 1,029
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Juv willow/chiff The eyering is often prominent...

Juv willow/chiff

The eyering is often prominent in juvenile phylloscs - see https://www.picfair.com/pics/05839968-immature-willow-warbler

The tertials are far too plain for a whitethroat, and it...
Forum: Bird Sounds Recording Eqpt & Discussion Thursday 11th June 2020, 12:50
Replies: 8
Views: 802
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
I use a Rode NTG4 and it's great - much cheaper...

I use a Rode NTG4 and it's great - much cheaper than the Sennheiser kit but not a massive difference in performance.
Forum: Information Wanted Monday 1st June 2020, 09:44
Replies: 3
Views: 445
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Looks like a chiffchaff to me with that...

Looks like a chiffchaff to me with that emaginated 6th primary, apparent short PP and strong split eye-ring
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Tuesday 26th May 2020, 13:31
Replies: 14
Views: 613
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Strong agree with this

Strong agree with this
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 22nd May 2020, 11:35
Replies: 24
Views: 911
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Plenty of pale uppertailed/rumped LTS here...

Plenty of pale uppertailed/rumped LTS here Andy

https://ebird.org/media/catalog?taxonCode=lotjae&mediaType=p&q=Long-tailed%20Skua&age=i
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 22nd May 2020, 09:52
Replies: 24
Views: 911
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
I think this is a skua and although it's probably...

I think this is a skua and although it's probably impossible to be certain, there's a lot going for it for long-tailed skua.

I'm struggling to find any pics of Sooty gull with such a neat dark...
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