I will give more details, including photo credits, and my reason for posting, after there have been some opinions posted. This is not a trick question, though it is potentially quite tricky. I, for one, will not berate any wrong answers, in fact I was wrong at the time, as were most observers...
How common is this?
Watched a female Mallard swallow, after about 10 attempts (it kept climbing back up her throat!) a Slow Worm, approx. 40cm long. She finally waded into the river outside my front door and drank some water to assist in washing it down.
I always assumed that Mallards were...
Posted this in Rare birds section, perhaps here would have been better, many views, no comments. Guess it really is tricky!
A (little) bit of discussion on Twitter about this Falco found at Kessingland this afternoon. Surely there are some Raptor experts on here that would like to weigh in...
At Walthamstow we have recorded 19 out of the 23 species on Cat C of the British List. I'm not sure we should be proud but I wonder if any other British patch can boast more?
1. Mute Swan Cygnus olor AC2
2. Greylag Goose Anser anser AC2C4E*
3. Snow Goose Anser caerulescens AC2E
Might as well start the thread now!
Mid-December sees the 46th report, followed a week later by some new announcements and the promise of another report in a few weeks. Like buses
Any speculation as to what's left to announce in January?
It's out now.
Nothing much that's not been trailed before in the way of acceptances. The forthcoming reviews hold the most interest. Always suspected that White-winged Lark was dodgy!
I guess the direction of travel for the Mugimaki...
Put out as a Viking Gull and subsequently mooted as Thayer's, Nelson's or Olympic Gull.
Never seen Gulls feeding from Trees before, at first I mistook it for them (Black-headed and Common Gulls) trying to land but later realised they were picking at something, I assume vegetable rather than Insect.
Anyone else noted similar?
I've not seen it myself but a fellow patchworker spotted this 'alba' Wagtail in London today. http://walthamstowbirders.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/alba-or-yarrellii-at-beginning-of.html
FWIW I'm not keen on the dusky flanks for White but I'm also not keen on it as a bog standard Pied.
Saw this bird distantly at the back end of last year and wondered if it might be better than Common Sandpiper but talked myself out of it, saw it again today but closer (and then saw a definite Common Sandpiper later) and have a bit of a niggling worry that I might be throwing away a Spotted...
Two Mystery Gulls from 2000 & 2006 southern UK. Can't remember where I got the pictures from so apologies if they are yours😳
Both at the time mooted as Heuglin's but also as other species too. I wonder if with the benefit of time we can put a name to them?
Only have the two pictures but...
I'm surprised no one has posted this before: Gull from Wales, tricky as it's leucistic but I still think it's identifiable....
My money's on Audouin's
Check this out, (assuming it is a Hirundine) it doesn't look European to me!
I know nothing other than what I picked up from Twitter, there are a couple of photos on his feed (I hope he doesn't mind me flagging this up)
What is being touted as a possible Amur Falcon filmed/photographed at Pegwell Bay, Kent UK last week can be viewed here:
What does the team think?