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    ID fungi under garden fence UK

    Yes, it does! Thanks both so much.
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    ID fungi under garden fence UK

    Hi all, does anyone know what this is? Probably common - I don't know anything about fungi and am trying to identify everything in my garden. This has only been here for a few days, I think. Growing from under the fence from my neighbour's garden, here in Essex. Many thanks for your help.
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    Sleeping wader uk

    Brilliant, thank you.
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    Sleeping wader uk

    Hi all, which wader is this please?
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    January 1st joint Birdforum list (2021 edition)

    Oh, also: Sanderling
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    January 1st joint Birdforum list (2021 edition)

    Hi, from Gunners Park in Southend I can add: Dark-bellied Brent Goose
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    Joint BF Lockdown Listing - Autumn 2020

    100 or so Dark-bellied Brent Geese out on the Thames Estuary this morning.
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    Just saw this orange bird on Cornell Feeder cam

    Interesting - amazing how different a bird can look in bright sunlight! Many thanks to all.
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    Just saw this orange bird on Cornell Feeder cam

    Oh, thanks - I thought they were red! I guess it must be the sun shining on it!
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    Just saw this orange bird on Cornell Feeder cam

    Hi, I am just learning about N.American birds by watching the Cornell Feeder Cam, but I can't find this one in my field guide - can you tell me what it is please? The orange bird was feeding the - I guess - juvenile. Thanks very much, Debbie.
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    First bird 2020

    Walked out to the Thames Estuary at 8am to photograph the first sunrise of the year (total cloud cover and fog!), and saw a dozen Carrion Crows and lots of Black-headed Gulls.
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    January 1st joint Birdforum list (2020 edition)

    From Southend and Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex UK: Little Grebe Green Woodpecker Goldcrest Great Crested Grebe Long-tailed Tit Coal Tit Wigeon Treecreeper Dark-bellied Brent Geese Oystercatcher Redshank Turnstone Sanderling Happy New Year!
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    Whooper or Bewick swans-Essex, UK.

    Thanks very much.
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    Whooper or Bewick swans-Essex, UK.

    How do you say that? Just because I haven't heard it before, is it pronounced "Wooper" or "Hooper"? Thank you.
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    Is this a sparrowhawk? UK

    More pics to help maybe Hi, just returned to the thread and very interested to see the discussion! At risk of pure embarrassment, I attach the other three photos I took, which are even more blurred than the first, but I think show that this was not a flower or seed head in front of the bird...
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    Is this a sparrowhawk? UK

    Very interesting - thanks very much!
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    Is this a sparrowhawk? UK

    Thanks very much. The white patch was in all 3 pictures I took - of which the one I posted is the best! Thanks both of you for your confirmation.
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    Is this a sparrowhawk? UK

    Hi, I took this appalling picture this morning in Essex. I think it is a male sparrowhawk, but it seems to have a wide white mark across the back of the head. I can't find any pictures of other sparrowhawks with this marking. Can you help please? Many thanks in advance.
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    Hen harriers in Essex

    Thanks very much for the information. Best bird I have ever seen!
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    Hen harriers in Essex

    Hi all, I had a great day yesterday when I saw my first adult male hen harrier at Wallasea Island. I also saw a ringtail, and others have said there were both a female and a juvenile. I would love to know the following: 1. Where would these birds have spent the summer? Would they have come...
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    Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: Chris Packham's autobiography

    I just finished reading this today. Being a similar age, I found his description of being a child in the 1960s and 70s so evocative and well-remembered - it took me back, made me laugh and cry. I liked the skipping about in time, it's a wander through childhood memories that we don't usually do...
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    new petition re driven grouse shooting

    That's very kind of you to say - thank you.
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    Song or Mistle Thrush - Essex UK ID Please

    Thanks very much - first for my garden!
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    new petition re driven grouse shooting

    I've now read "Inglorious" by Mark Avery and, not being someone who really understands politics, or debating issues, I have read it more emotively, so I tend to say to myself "is that true?" to everything. I have to say this book answered all my questions, and removed any doubts I had about...
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    Song or Mistle Thrush - Essex UK ID Please

    Hi, yes I should know this by now, but the blighter wouldn't turn round and then got chased off by a blackbird. Looks like spots rather than arrows to me, and I'm trying hard to make out vertical white stripe behind eye. Didn't actually see it fly, and it didn't make a sound. Thanks so much...
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