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  1. stuart winter

    ID Plover from Indonesia

    Javan Plover...
  2. stuart winter

    Juvenile LT or Arctic Skua? Turin, Italy

    Besides the double white "quote marks" on the underwing, which I think are a diagnostic fieldmark for Poms, are the white bases to the rectrices a significant feature, too?
  3. stuart winter

    Wader ID UK

    Juvenile Sanderling...
  4. stuart winter

    Emberizid Sparrow, Los Angeles

    I think the key to this bird's ID is the large, pale grey area on the nape - a good diagnostic field mark for Clay-coloured Sparrow.
  5. stuart winter

    Petrel in old photo

    Late summer wing moult can give a "hooked" effect to Wilson Petrel wings in late summer. Rather than a white underwing flash I think I can see a grey upper wing coverts.
  6. stuart winter

    What Pipit? Kuwait

    The presence of a tick on the ear coverts has helped obscure a usually reliable Tree Pipit feature, the "ear spot". Although nowhere near pronounced as in Olive-backed Pipit, it is a useful aid when combined with other features such as call etc...
  7. stuart winter

    Possible Sooty Falcon Lesvos

    Sooty Falcon would have a hint of a moustachial area on the face and also a pale chin.
  8. stuart winter

    One of the Pipits (in Turkey)

    1) Tree Pipit... The buzzard looks long winged enough to be a Long-legged Buzzard.
  9. stuart winter

    Yellow Wagtail - Norfolk, UK

    Beema would have more Wedgewood-blue toned head and the white would be more extensive below the eye.
  10. stuart winter

    Are these Dunn's Larks? Sudan

    Hi Brian, Just for clarification, I would have sworn Dunn's on the marked dark line running through the lores as well as the plain sandy coverts with an absence of dark centres. There is also a distinctive primary projection which doesn't occur in BcSL. I've limited experience of these species...
  11. stuart winter

    Are these Dunn's Larks? Sudan

    I would go for Dunn's - the so-called "Mascara" mark cutting through the loral region is a good diagnostic fieldmark. Sparrow-larks also have dark centred greater coverts, whereas these birds have sandy-toned gcs...
  12. stuart winter

    BBC Twitching Documentary

    The last item was filed while Tottenham Hotspur play their most important game in 50 years. That's how strongly I feel about this issue. S
  13. stuart winter

    BBC Twitching Documentary

    In my book Tales of a Tabloid Twitcher I dedicate a whole chapter to Lee. I urge everyone who has contributed to this thread to read the section as I feel it gives an accurate insight into Lee's unique contribution to birding over the past four decades (this is not an advertorial for the book so...
  14. stuart winter

    Songbird Survival

    There has been some awful journalism over the past week that has painted the Sparrowhawk as Public Enemy Number One. Anyone who has seen the joint BTO/St Andrews University paper cannot help but conclude that our commonest raptors are having little impact on the majority passerines. I wrote...
  15. stuart winter

    Klaas's Cuckoo

    Having looked at the enlarged photo, it is possible to make out the white outer tail which is a feature of Klaas's.
  16. stuart winter

    Rare pink birds (Waxwings) invade Edinburgh (BBC News)

    Wait until the first Nutcracker turns up...Fleet Street's finest will hyperventilate. Any news on this score from the near continent?
  17. stuart winter

    Greece ID Warbler

    I think it is possible to age this bird as a first summer female Ruppell's. Besides the buff/white tips to the greater coverts mentioned above, it is possible to make out a darkish malar stripe bordering quite a bright white submoustachial stripe, another Ruppell's feature at this age. The...
  18. stuart winter

    Sylvia question

    I would have thought the absence of any rufous tones on any of the exposed wing feathers would rule out Spectacled Warbler (S. conspicillata). I wonder if it is possible that any of the Eastern races of Communis such as Icterops or Volgensis would be in Africa in late June? These races are...
  19. stuart winter

    Eagle or? (Netherlands)

    The tail looks barred, the wings seem paddle-like and it also appears to have a necky jizz like a Honey B. But are there six fingered primaries? Can Booted Eagle be ruled out? S
  20. stuart winter

    Harrier id Italy

    The excellent photo alluded to by tittletattler in the posting above shows the distinct stripey "arm pits" which are a typical Monty's feature in several plumage stages, and which are absent in Pallids. That's what had me thinking Pallid first time round. However, I would be the first to admit...