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  1. J

    Unidentified Brown Bird with Yellow and Green Wing Plumage | South-East UK

    That does look more convincing for Robin.
  2. J

    Unidentified Brown Bird with Yellow and Green Wing Plumage | South-East UK

    It would have to be fat to make it stick like that and I've never seen a Robin accumulate fat around it's bill like that. Besides, the fat in the feeder is not pink and the bill colour is quite consistent. Plus, anyone who has watched Greenfinches knows they are are messy eaters. So it could be...
  3. J

    Budleigh Salterton

    Used to be good and straightforward. Not sure what the current situation is. There is a major habitat restoration scheme getting under way, but it looks as though they have postponed the vegetation clearance so access may still be possible. https://www.lowerotterrestorationproject.co.uk/news.html
  4. J

    Unidentified Brown Bird with Yellow and Green Wing Plumage | South-East UK

    I'm seeing a big, pink bill. Also, in the third photo below that's not a Robin's head shape in a head-on view. Where are the sunken eyes?
  5. J

    Budleigh Salterton

    Yes, parking at Prawle Point can be a nightmare because (a) the road is about a mile long and largely single track (though with some places to pass) and (b) the car park is small. It's very popular, so getting there early is best, as Tom said. You can park in the village, but you'd then have...
  6. J

    Unidentified Brown Bird with Yellow and Green Wing Plumage | South-East UK

    Yes, it's a Greenfinch. Probably a female, but might be a juvenile - can't really tell from the video.
  7. J

    Survey about Wild Justice

    Lazy wording on my part. Sorry. I have changed the thread title.
  8. J

    Survey about Wild Justice

    I see that the Game and Wildlife Conservancy have opened a one-question petition about Wild Justice (the predator protection group fronted by Chris Packham, Ruth Tingay and Mark Avery) asking whether they are doing more harm than good. The question seems framed to encourage negative replies, so...
  9. J

    Pronunciation

    Which they fire into the air attached to liturgical Mass books.
  10. J

    Albino house sparrows

    I am reminded of a leucistic male I saw in a flock of sparrows at Radipole, many, many years ago. For a moment I thought I'd found a Desert Sparrow. Beautiful bird.
  11. J

    Red Kite: Petition to Stop Feeding

    But, surely, that's precisely what public servants do do? It's a technique cascaded down from MPs who have honed it to a fine art. It's why grouse moor petitions (indeed, virtually all petitions AFAIK) never get anywhere.
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    Red Kite: Petition to Stop Feeding

    Thank you for the interesting replies and, especially, the Ibis article. Frankly, if as scavengers they replaced the Herring Gulls around here I wouldn't complain, but I guess it's true that calcium deficiency would be a potential problem.
  13. J

    Red Kite: Petition to Stop Feeding

    Any views on this petition? It sounds to me that the kites are simply doing what kites do - they used to steal the clothes from washing lines in medieval London - but there may be more to it. How much of a problem is artificial feeding for the birds? Or does this fall into the "seagull stole my...
  14. J

    South African (Western Cape) Sunbird

    Looks like an Amethyst Sunbird to me.
  15. J

    dark petrel in Drake Passage Nov 2019

    I've not seen Flesh-footed Shearwater, but I'm reasonably familiar with the extremely similar Sooty Shearwater. I've never seen Sooty looking so heavy-bodied as this bird. The bulk looks to me to be a better fit for Westland Petrel.
  16. J

    dark petrel in Drake Passage Nov 2019

    I don't have a lot of experience, but I would think the length of the bill would rule out most petrels. The dark bill tip would seem to favour Westland Petrel. Just my two cents until someone expert comes along.
  17. J

    Identify birds / ducks

    Quite. This is precisely why I rarely bother replying to requests like this. Sometimes people are grateful, but more often I end up wondering why I've wasted my time.
  18. J

    Identify birds

    1. Reed Bunting 2. Dunnock 3. Wren
  19. J

    Identify birds / ducks

    1. Goldcrest 2. Grey Wagtail 3. Reed Bunting 4. Gadwall
  20. J

    duck in Lancashire

    It's surely a Mandarin.
  21. J

    duck in Lancashire

    That's probably more to do with the camera than anything else. Here's a Gannet I snapped recently with the saturation bumped high.
  22. J

    Spain: grasshopper/cricket ID

    Many thanks. The brown one was not large - probably about 1.5 inches long, I'd say. Don't know whether that helps.
  23. J

    Spain: grasshopper/cricket ID

    Thanks for that, aeshna5. It was certainly an impressive creature. It landed on the windscreen of our car as we were driving down a mountain and hitched a lift to the bottom. It was a little disconcerting driving with that in the way! When we stopped it was most reluctant to leave and had to be...
  24. J

    Spain: grasshopper/cricket ID

    Can anyone tell me what these two are, please? Both were in the Picos de Europa. I think the second may be a Great Green Bush-Cricket, but I know very little about insects.
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