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  1. RichieTwitchy

    Red and yellow bird.. any ideas anyone? Looks like a massive Robin! Maybe a red breasted flycatcher?

    Here's a size comparison with a Robin - I've affected the image as to mimic yours but not the scale - and as you can see the proportions fit perfectly. If the pair are regular visitors - you mention they've been around for 3 days - then see if you can photograph further images or a video, but...
  2. RichieTwitchy

    Cetti's Warbler? Lunt UK (today 13th January)

    My personal colour-blindness affects reds, browns, yellows and greens (and all hues in-between) and also blues, purples and (surprisingly) greens again! I can see the difference in shades and brightness at times, but I can't determine the colours. So when a person without colour-blindness sees...
  3. RichieTwitchy

    Cetti's Warbler? Lunt UK (today 13th January)

    Cheers guys - I think that because they are harder to see, I've developed a soft spot for them.
  4. RichieTwitchy

    Cetti's Warbler? Lunt UK (today 13th January)

    Thanks Alexander - you're always respectful and helpful and I always enjoy reading your detailed comments in this identification section of the forum. I've learned a lot from your posts (y)
  5. RichieTwitchy

    Cetti's Warbler? Lunt UK (today 13th January)

    I'm fairly confident that it is, but id-ing warblers isn't the most easy at times - especially for us colour-blind birders! So it looks good for Cetti's as it's pretty plain, has a pale supercilium and darker eye stripe with bright eye ring, upright tail and it was skulking around the middle of...
  6. RichieTwitchy

    Is this a bird? Seen in UK

    Is this what you're looking at Starburst? Looks like something occupying the hollow of a tree - but I can't make out what.
  7. RichieTwitchy

    Garden bird - Leicester UK - rare sighting twice a year winter

    Listen, there is really no need to go on and on and on explaining the reasons why - just get to the point will you.
  8. RichieTwitchy

    Night bird not heard before.

    Butty - Joanie made 2 threads (of the same subject) and it seems Sussex UK is the location.
  9. RichieTwitchy

    Night bird not heard before.

    Joanie could you perhaps try and capture a recording on your phone? This would help a lot in identifying your bird/animal.
  10. RichieTwitchy

    Pipit - Breydon Water, UK

    Looks like you get all 3 regularly in that part of the country so make sure to visit there again soon as I'm sure they'll still be around and abouts somewhere.
  11. RichieTwitchy

    Pipit - Breydon Water, UK

    Butty is correct - you say that all 3 of you agreed on its size but compared to what? If you saw a man on a beach alone would you easily be able to gauge his height? A bird's behaviour, calls and markings offer better evidence for an id when size is difficult to judge.
  12. RichieTwitchy

    Identity of bird in painting

    Dammit - just realised it was from a painting!
  13. RichieTwitchy

    Identity of bird in painting

    Have we any more information on where this was seen and the best location for good views? Even though I must admit I think I have this one ticked already.
  14. RichieTwitchy

    Magpies mourning?!

    I see Popcornnn has opened an 11-year old thread and this can be seen as annoying to many but I must admit I enjoyed reading through this old thread - and now I too have an observation to add if I may. I witnessed a right-old commotion going on whilst walking through a local tree-lined street...
  15. RichieTwitchy

    A few from Rainham Marshes, Essex

    1 - Common Snipe (longer bill) 2 - Seems throaty enough for a Raven but the beak doesn't look bulky enough but that could be the light 3 - Sparrowhawk - looks like a female but I'll leave that to someone with better knowledge 4 - Seems good for a MH - female? 5 - Wigeon in eclipse? 6 - Feral...
  16. RichieTwitchy

    Miserable Birders???

    There are quite a few local patches where I live - Liverpool/Merseyside - and there are also lots of RSPB sites too so I have seen all forms of birding behaviour and I'm not talking about the birds! I think I've mentioned before that I've been told (politely) by 'locals' not to mention or...
  17. RichieTwitchy

    Any chance this could be a Tree Sparrow? Lydiate (UK) 18th September (today)

    Thanks guys (y) And there were a few 'troops' of Long-Tailed Tits seemingly following me on my walk today also - such characterful birds 🙂
  18. RichieTwitchy

    Any chance this could be a Tree Sparrow? Lydiate (UK) 18th September (today)

    Hi all Only went out for a bit of a walk so only had my compact zoom camera with me when this fellow popped into view before popping off again so only got a few quick snaps in. I can see a slight smudge near the cheek so was thinking it could be a Tree Sparrow - though a scruffy one at that :)...
  19. RichieTwitchy

    wader north scotland

    @Dmacaskill you title the photos Spotted Redshank - were you hoping for something a bit more exciting? Not that a Redshank can't be exciting ;)
  20. RichieTwitchy

    Crow ID please

    @ddave07 - as you are a beginner then can I suggest that you also listen out for any calls the bird makes as this will help with identification(y) A Carrion Crow makes a sort of CAW CAW whereas a Raven is more of a KRONK KRONK - as well as being very much larger bird than a crow. @Earnest lad -...
  21. RichieTwitchy

    formby merseyside, beach heathland, taken today july ?? have checked my book chiff chaff or warbler but the legs arn,t dark as in chiff chaff??

    Stick with it fella - birders are a strange bunch and you'll know what I mean if you ever go to your local patch or RSPB reserve ;) But the advice given on here is invaluable and sometimes it can seem a little curt but it's done with no malicious intent meant. Might see you around the Formby...
  22. RichieTwitchy

    hermit thrush??

    Andy's helped me out loads in the past (y) @shavenheadedman (good name :) ) as you are a novice birder then it's always best to think 'what is the most common answer to an unidentified bird' and field guides will do a much better job than google in answering that question - google will throw...
  23. RichieTwitchy

    Unidentified Chick in South Yorks

    Deffo - Grey Partrdige as the members above have said.
  24. RichieTwitchy

    Chiffchaff with a particularly bright supercillium, Central London yesterday.

    Cheers for that, Ken. I'll be interested to read any responses from experienced members as I find even the common warblers difficult enough to id as it is ;)