My wife / work partner was surveying insects with me today when an unusual bird with something in it's bill sat on top of a bush near her .
She took this phone photo and later from the bird book thought it might be a type of shrike.
Sadly that is all I can tell you so it is down to what can be...
Hi , I tend to separate Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff by sound so have no expertise in visual differences other than leg colour.
This was photographed as WW while it sang.
Pictures show dark legs and I am not so sure now ?
Southeast Scotland 29th April.
I watched a razorbill fishing close inshore (S.E.Scotland) on 25th April.
It was in winter (or juv plumage) and had a small bill with no white lines.
1. I take it breeding age adults are now in breeding plumage ?
2. I wondered if it was from a far northern colony so not yet in breeding...
Thanks Andrew , So many varieties of teal in collections , I suspected it might be an exotic escape from somewhere.
There were male and female adults about but just coming out of eclipse . None of them matched this one and it wasn't with them.
Googling juv teal didn't provide a matching image...
Hi , Was with you guys over weekend and photographed numerous birds and other wildlife mainly in Central Park , NYBG , Highline and Bryants Park.
Could I please ask for confirmation of a few of them.
Here are the first three.
I make them Wilsons Warbler,Common Yellowthroat and an unknown...
A very pale , possibly leucistic . female European Teal at Hunterston , Ayrshire, Scotland this week.
Has this aberration been noted in this species before. ?
photo shows true light ,the bird really was that pale.
Have there been any habitat changes in your area,such as woodland or scrub removal ?
Or has building extended the distance you are from woods and fields ?
Even in my small village those on the edges get mixed birds while I nearer the centre get mainly urban ones like sparrows blackbirds...
The posture you describe is part of courtship ritual in Little Egret
Many bird species continue pair bonding outwith nesting season.
Little Egret may be one.
Could that spar under their heads be catching falling seeds ?
It looks wide enough to do so.
Also are these young birds ?
If so it could just be the result of trying to balance on top of fence.
They are far more likely to be sliding, down head one side,body other side, than just pushing their...
Hope this link works , can't find my original video file.
This Little Egret seemed to be trying to attract fish by imitating a drowning insect...
I am always concerned that humans approaching or touching nests leaves a scent trail for ground predators to follow.
Also sceptical some citizen science shemes are no more than recruiting/fundraising scams for the bodies concerned ?
I write a rural column in the local paper and have been asked by a reader whether ,when a pair of Mute Swans fly over,they are usually male in front,female in front or random ?
Must admit it had never crossed my mind but now I am curious !