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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Today, 15:00
Replies: 2
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Posted By pianoman
Thanks Andrew - embarrassed - not for the first...

Thanks Andrew - embarrassed - not for the first time...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Today, 14:39
Replies: 2
Views: 38
Posted By pianoman
Finches, Wicklow, Ireland

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A pair of finch-like birds came into my garden in Greystones today, making Bullfinch-like "husky bell" contact calls. From the sound, thought they were bullfinches but on...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 17th September 2020, 14:52
Replies: 10
Views: 399
Posted By pianoman
Thanks Steve - a bewildering array! Does the...

Thanks Steve - a bewildering array! Does the ringed bird in bottom right pic have a rosy flush or is that my imagination
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 17th September 2020, 13:36
Replies: 10
Views: 399
Posted By pianoman
Always assumed Common terns with light foreheads...

Always assumed Common terns with light foreheads were juveniles - can adults be seen in Northern Europe in winter plumage? For my own education...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 17th September 2020, 11:06
Replies: 15
Views: 481
Posted By pianoman
Welcome Akshada Your bird will be either a...

Welcome Akshada

Your bird will be either a Willow Warbler or a Chiffchaff (the 2 commonest "leaf warblers"). At this time of year both have a lot of variation of plumage colour and leg...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 16th September 2020, 11:35
Replies: 134
Views: 4,960
Posted By pianoman
Nearly time to rename this thread "Late Swift...

Nearly time to rename this thread "Late Swift departure" :-)
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 9th September 2020, 13:28
Replies: 134
Views: 4,960
Posted By pianoman
Three reported by irishbirding.com on the 8th...

Three reported by irishbirding.com on the 8th Sept at Cabinteely, co. Dublin
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 8th September 2020, 14:03
Replies: 10
Views: 478
Posted By pianoman
Thanks Fern Yes the adults are all Ringed rather...

Thanks Fern
Yes the adults are all Ringed rather than Little Ringed. It was the paler, less marked birds I was wondering about. There were plenty of more normal juvenile RP around but they are...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 7th September 2020, 10:28
Replies: 10
Views: 478
Posted By pianoman
Apologies to the OP for using this thread, but I...

Apologies to the OP for using this thread, but I was wondering about the enclosed pics, taken a couple of weeks ago in E Ireland.

Presume these are also juvenile RP but they seemed paler than the...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 25th August 2020, 14:11
Replies: 23
Views: 1,372
Posted By pianoman
A yellow bill tip is definitely visible in the OP

A yellow bill tip is definitely visible in the OP
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 24th August 2020, 09:30
Replies: 134
Views: 4,960
Posted By pianoman
[QUOTE=dantheman;4049166]Has the premise of the...

[QUOTE=dantheman;4049166]Has the premise of the thread changed akin to something along the lines of 'last swift of the year'? ;)

Probably :-0 but that is useful, otherwise they kind of slip away...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 20th August 2020, 14:46
Replies: 10
Views: 350
Posted By pianoman
Just a hint of a white forehead in pic 3 for me. ...

Just a hint of a white forehead in pic 3 for me. I don't think we could get the bill colour from these pictures though
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 18th August 2020, 23:43
Replies: 134
Views: 4,960
Posted By pianoman
Unexpected 20 or so, in a couple of groups this...

Unexpected 20 or so, in a couple of groups this evening in Greystones, lifted my spirits. From a cool wet day to a warm calm clear dusk, perhaps summer will linger after all.

And among them, ...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 17th August 2020, 14:12
Replies: 9
Views: 388
Posted By pianoman
From your description, the first thing that came...

From your description, the first thing that came to mind was a chickadee sp

Edit: I see you have eliminated it, though you need to be sure that the song website contains all of the many and...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 10th August 2020, 15:32
Replies: 4
Views: 225
Posted By pianoman
Just to stir the pot, I've been challenged on...

Just to stir the pot, I've been challenged on this kind of thing:

When using a bird's name in a sentence such as

"I was sitting in the garden when a dunnock hopped past" you apparently use...
Forum: Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes Thursday 6th August 2020, 12:32
Replies: 28
Views: 9,107
Posted By pianoman
Good lord yes, I didn't notice the huge gap in...

Good lord yes, I didn't notice the huge gap in dates
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 6th August 2020, 11:41
Replies: 6
Views: 486
Posted By pianoman
Is is just me, or does that have a Bonaparte's...

Is is just me, or does that have a Bonaparte's look to it? Can't quite make out the bill colour on this monitor
Forum: Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes Wednesday 5th August 2020, 10:55
Replies: 28
Views: 9,107
Posted By pianoman
My Spanish friends eat sunflower seeds all the...

My Spanish friends eat sunflower seeds all the time, though they are toasted and salted. I wouldn't fancy eating them raw and from a source that is not intended for human consumption.

Eating...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 5th August 2020, 10:27
Replies: 11
Views: 591
Posted By pianoman
Going to stick my neck out and say Tree That...

Going to stick my neck out and say Tree

That hind claw would definitely be unusually short for MP and the flank streaking suggests TP too, but I would never go on flank streaking alone

Edit -...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 4th August 2020, 14:07
Replies: 134
Views: 4,960
Posted By pianoman
30 or so in the skies above my house today. ...

30 or so in the skies above my house today. Taking advantage of easy pickings from flying ants. It would have been a shame if they had missed out on that
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 27th July 2020, 10:16
Replies: 9
Views: 453
Posted By pianoman
Collared Doves have 2 basic calls: The...

Collared Doves have 2 basic calls: The repetitive coo-COO-coo...coo-COO-coo call, and a kind of higer pitched rrrraaaa! sound (bad description) as they take off on a display flight.

I doubt if...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 17th July 2020, 10:09
Replies: 16
Views: 1,069
Posted By pianoman
Here in Ireland we don't have Tawny, but...

Here in Ireland we don't have Tawny, but Long-Eared is a lot commoner - and actually Late June/Early July is the peak time for them, or rather for seeing them. But the picture will be different...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 16th July 2020, 14:49
Replies: 38
Views: 1,812
Posted By pianoman
It's OK, I had figured it out anyway - by...

It's OK, I had figured it out anyway - by thinking "What has been ruining our vacations recently and sounds a bit like 'Rona'"
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 15th July 2020, 10:16
Replies: 38
Views: 1,812
Posted By pianoman
Does seem to be a US tendency to shorten words ...

Does seem to be a US tendency to shorten words by chopping off the first half rather than the second - eg "puter" for "computer", "shine" for "moonshine", I even heard "seng" for ginseng among...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 14th July 2020, 22:47
Replies: 16
Views: 1,069
Posted By pianoman
Belated thanks for that Deb. Never been lucky...

Belated thanks for that Deb. Never been lucky enough to get that close a view of Barn Owl, so I'm sure you are right! Long Eared would also be a possibility down my way I suppose. The only decent...
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