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  1. Hotspur

    Middle spotted woodpecker? Cottbus, Germany

    Yup, Middle Spot
  2. Hotspur

    Raptor ID Central France

    I think its a Gos but hard to be 100%. Wings look too long for Spar and it looks well built but really accipiter sp is probably where to draw the line.
  3. Hotspur

    Buzzard or Bonelli's?

    Looks like a juv Honey Buzzard to me. I wonder if the tail barring has been lost in lightening the picture. Bonelli's always strikes me as a giant goshawk with Eagle wings and I wouldnt expect it to be so dark. It looks too lanky for Common Buzzard,
  4. Hotspur

    Bird of prey identification in Somerset

    Yup, the picture is definitely a Buzzard.
  5. Hotspur

    Dunlin ? N.Sweden

    All Dunlin
  6. Hotspur

    Birding in Alicante Province

    I've just seen this. They used to breed in a palm by the football pitch near El Hondo at the beginning of the Vistabella Road as you head in from La Marina but its probably 8 years since I last saw them there so no idea if it is still a good location.
  7. Hotspur

    Occurrence of pale phase Common Buzzards?

    Pale phase Buzzards are really very common in the south west, especially immature birds and arent really noteworthy. I would be surprised if I didn't see one in the south west whereas here in Yorkshire they are unusual but regular. Two local ones at Wykeham Forest and Tophill Low are regularly...
  8. Hotspur

    ID Bird (Aujols, Lot, France)

    Greenfinch I think, although its an odd angle.
  9. Hotspur

    Vismigging and back problems

    I'd strongly suggest seeing a doctor although core exercises are likely to help as those muscles provide support, relieving pressure on the back.
  10. Hotspur

    Whatbird?-Northwest Louisiana

    Swainsons for me too.
  11. Hotspur

    Bird of prey, Cottbus, Germany

    I'd agree, certainly Milvus sp. How common are Black kite in your area?
  12. Hotspur

    Ancient photo of a turtle, Point Pelee, Ontario

    Seems fair enough - my maps (from Peterson) are likely out of date and insufficiently fine scale. But still a Midland Painted :).
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    Ancient photo of a turtle, Point Pelee, Ontario

    Midland Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta marginata. Red-eared Slider occurs not far away and has more patterned scoots but isnt mapped as occurring at Point Pelee.
  14. Hotspur

    Hobby in Scotland

    Yes, I've seen a handful and found a territory in Central Scotland that was confirmed the following year. I suspect there are many more pairs but they are both secretive and their breeding season falls outside the normal raptor monitoring period for other Scottish raptors so they are overlooked.
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    Arctic or Pomarine?

    In terms of the ID which we have establish is Parasitic Jaeger / Arctic Skua / Stercorarius parasiticus the obvious feature here is the where the deepest part of the body is, which is the chest. Allied with a triangular head, the top bird showing a pale spot at the bill base and no obvious...
  16. Hotspur

    Birding in Alicante Province

    For Bonelli's Eagles, I found Sierra de Crevillente the easiest place to see them as they breed up there. I dont think non-driving is a goer to any of the upland areas tbh although you might be able to taxi up from Crevillente. I've also seen Bonelli's Eagle on the Vistabella road in winter and...
  17. Hotspur

    Redpoll NE.London....

    No. It means from what I can see it doesn't look unusual for Lesser Redpoll and you can't see the features to identify it as other taxon. Redpoll so but no reason to think it isn't lesser.
  18. Hotspur

    Redpoll NE.London....

    You dont have any of the features in the photos that you'd need to get an ID. Looks fine for Lesser to me.
  19. Hotspur

    Bolougne Harbour France - Gull id please

    I think its a Roach and the shape and colour is wrong for Chub. I'm not sure how you are ruling out Rudd Scardinius erythrophthalmus or a hybrid though. The fin placement is hard to work out from this angle.
  20. Hotspur

    Firth of Forth, Scotland

    Yup, both Red-throats as Andrew says
  21. Hotspur

    Tonn the GSE arrives in Spain

    I look forward to seeing Tonn again at El Hondo next winter as this one is a write off. Love watching him come in to roost over the lagoons at dusk. Our planned trip would have been too early this year although I saw him in December a couple of years ago. He was in his second winter I think when...