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  1. TringBirder

    Wood Ducks Juvenile or Eclipse? - Eastern Ontario, Canada

    They are males in eclipse as juveniles wouldn't have adult male bills at this time of year.
  2. TringBirder

    Pied wagtail

    Looking between the tertials it doesn't look blackish so nothing there to indicate Pied or an intergrade. Cheers Roy
  3. TringBirder

    yellow wagtails flavissima - identification criteria

    The adult bird doesn't look like a male flavissima at all looking at the head colour. I don't see female flavissima that look like that either. It could be an intergrade and I wouldn't like to say which two taxa are involved in that, or it could just be a flava. Cheers Roy
  4. TringBirder

    Surrey UK - Small duck on River Wey

    I must admit when I first saw it I was thinking it was an escaped exotic but couldn't put a name to it so I wonder if it is a hybrid escaped from a collection which would widen the pool of potential species. Cheers Roy
  5. TringBirder

    What type of cormorant is this please

    The two left hand birds are Cormorants, the front bird is a juvenile. In case you don't know the two right hand birds are Shags - adult at the front and juvenile at the rear. Welcome to Birdforum. Roy
  6. TringBirder

    Seabird, Southeast FLorida

    Look like Brown Boobies to me.
  7. TringBirder

    Curlew sandpiper? SW Spain

    Yes the middle bird is just more advanced in its progress into summer plumage.
  8. TringBirder

    Tern species, southeast Florida

    Winter plumage American Royal Tern.
  9. TringBirder

    Pipit - Poland

    Meadow Pipits often show paler lines on the mantle but they are not as striking as those of a Red-throated Pipit and the markings on the flanks are variable as well - some are almost as narrow as those of a Tree Pipit but others are thicker. Roy
  10. TringBirder

    Pipit - Poland

    Hi Michal, I would say not to be honest. It doesn't look striking enough on the mantle and the greater coverts should have a wider wing-bar. This looks like a Meadow Pipit to me but the photos make an in-depth assessment difficult. Roy
  11. TringBirder

    Some birds-2 (in Turkey)

    Tree Pipit and Lesser Whitethroat.
  12. TringBirder

    Thrush - like ; Wales UK.

    Very fast wing beats doesn't work for a Fieldfare either. Size can be very difficult to accurately assess without something of known size to compare it to. Skylark for me too.
  13. TringBirder

    Two from Tunisia in Dec 85

    Agreed, they are both photos of a Hoopoe Lark.
  14. TringBirder

    Greater/Lesser Scaup Waterloo, Ontario?

    Lesser Scaup for me too. The peak/angle at the rear of the head can vary from looking crest-like to an almost right-angled corner according to posture, moult and/or indeed if the head is wet. The American nearctica sub-species of Greater Scaup has a different head shape from nominate marila...
  15. TringBirder

    Wader- Hampshire UK March 6th

    Yes it is a Green Sandpiper and they do like cress beds. Cheers Roy
  16. TringBirder

    Is this a merlin?

    Personally when I saw the first photo I thought 2CY Peregrine. I mentioned hybrids, as that possibility had already been raised, to explain to OP how they occur as they didn't realize they existed but if push comes to shove a hybrid might be very difficult to eliminate as they could look very...
  17. TringBirder

    Is this a merlin?

    A small male Peregrine would only be two inches/5cms longer than a large female Merlin so not that much bigger. It doesn't look that small to me and looks bulky but then size is very difficult to assess without something of known size to compare it with. Certainly looks like a Peregrine to me...
  18. TringBirder

    Lark of some sort --- Almeria, Spain

    Looks like a Galerida sp. to me based on the second photo. It looks too short-tailed and broad-winged for a Eurasian Skylark. Also I would expect to be able to see the white trailing edge to the wings if it was a Eurasian Skylark. Here is a Eurasian Skylark for comparison - taken in Britain...
  19. TringBirder

    Rock or meadow pipit?

    If you can get better photos that would be very helpful. The fact that it is in this plumage at this time of year would certainly improve it chances of being a Water Pipit and a return visit could be helpful. If you do see it again pay particular attention to the colour of the rump and the exact...
  20. TringBirder

    Rock or meadow pipit?

    A good analysis and you are right to be cautious about the second bird. it does have a number of pro Water Pipit features at first glance. However, I wouldn't like to put a name to the second bird looking at the photo. It is also interesting to note that Water Pipit is a rare bird in Norway and...
  21. TringBirder

    Rock or meadow pipit?

    I agree that on plumage it can be difficult to assign race to a Rock Pipit in winter but some birds are identifiable as littoralis but petrosus would be very difficult, or maybe impossible, to be certain about. However, petrosus is known to be fairly sedentary and not known to move very far...
  22. TringBirder

    Rock or meadow pipit?

    Alexander & Deb have put together a very comprehensive set of features and the only thing I would add is that juvenile Rock Pipits start off by having pale legs that darken in their first autumn and winter, but may not be black by Spring - if they ever get to be truly black. I often see...
  23. TringBirder

    Birds in field - maybe fieldfare? Kent, UK

    Several of them have white trailing edges to the wing and clearly some of the birds have white on the tail which eliminates Fieldfares in my opinion. When Skylarks spread their tail they will look fairly black - so I would go with Skylarks.
  24. TringBirder

    Advice for someone who has a hard time ID’ing birds ...

    I think if the motivation isn't there then it will be difficult for your husband to improve his identification skills or for you to improve them. I can say this from my own experience. I have been bird watching for more than fifty years and am probably better than average at bird identification...
  25. TringBirder

    Pipit or?

    I agree with Skylark too. White trailing edge is distinctive and the wing-tip extends too far down the tail when the wings are folded for any pipit as well. Cheers Roy