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    Green Sandpiper vs Solitary - Barbados today

    Nils, I would think Green Sandpiper is quite a rarity in your part of the world? The opposite is true here in the UK with Solitary being a major rarity. If I saw your bird here it would stand out as unusual for a Green Sandpiper, looking quite elegant & long-legged, but I'd caution against...
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    Ducks on Fuerteventura

    Interesting Brian, that the bird in the first link - which is surely a Eurasian Teal (or small/outside chance of Green-winged) is also showing a blue speculum. It's not easy to tell from these images, but I would say this is a female type, yet the one in post #1 would better fit a faded eclipse...
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    Ducks on Fuerteventura

    Fair enough, that's a possibility. The other possibility is that it really is blue, like these Eurasian Teals...all showing blue speculums!
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    Ducks on Fuerteventura

    Ducks do indeed often have blue or green in that area, but in this bird it spills over beyond where you'd expect to see the border/boundary in for example a Teal or Mallard. It even runs downwards onto the flank, backwards onto the upper tail coverts, and forwards onto the wing coverts!
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    Ducks on Fuerteventura

    I think your first thoughts of 1. Teal 2. Garganey are both on the money Alexander. Transitional Eurasian Teals are highly variable and can certainly look like this coming out of eclipse (pic 1). Structure and dark bill look good to me too. Picture isn't the best but I can't see anything that...
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    Vis-mig, Dundee, Scotland 22/10/23

    #1 is a Reed Bunting, and agree with Alexander for the second pic. You can see white shafts in all primaries (e.g. first and last pics) which eliminates all Redpoll sp, and a rather bulky/bulbous head and neck, lacking the rufous mantle tones of Linnet. Also the face pattern isn't strong enough...
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    Caspianish Gull, Flamborough, England, 7 September 2023

    Yes I saw it flying around Filey Bay too, from Hunmanby Gap on Monday. Happy with the views I got, but it seems some are not, and are now chasing it around the Tees in small boats!
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    Caspianish Gull, Flamborough, England, 7 September 2023

    Hi Brett, nice bird. I think I generally agree with what Alexander has said, in that I wouldn't disagree with a Caspian x Herring hybrid. However, I would question the age as 2cy. I wonder if Alex meant 1cy? While I can see that the tertials have somewhat broad(ish) fringes, which reminds of an...
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    Dunlin in Dublin?

    Your ID is correct, a juvenile.
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    Ringed Plovers in Belgium--Geer

    The rear bird and photo f is a juv LRP. The front bird is a Ringed Plover, probably a 1st year also. I have at least 4-5 pairs of Ringed Plovers breeding on my inland patch, about the same no of pairs as LRPs, so being inland is no issue.
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    Unknown BIRD , Devon coast, UK

    I agree it is a more contrasty looking individual than most (perhaps enhanced by over aggressive in-camera jpeg processing?). The linked bird is the nearest I could find in a quick search. As others have said, the face pattern is more Linnet than Redpoll, amongst other things...
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    Unknown BIRD , Devon coast, UK

    Juvenile Linnet. Note the extensive white tail sides.
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    Juvenile large gull, West Yorkshire

    Fair point about the primaries & tertials. On that basis I'd perhaps err towards LBBG (with the obvious caveats)👍
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    Juvenile large gull, West Yorkshire

    I agree it's most likely a Herring Gull, based on the features you mentioned, though if foreshortening is affecting the impression of wing length, LBBG might be an option too? I don't see much of a case here for YLG or Caspian. Always helps to have open wing and tail shots with gulls of this age.
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    Gull ID, N Poland

    A Great Black-backed Gull👍
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    Minsmere RSPB Suffolk, UK

    2nd calendar year Kittiwake
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    Two more waders in Texas

    Agree with Western Sandpiper and Lesser Yellowlegs. Beautiful photos too!
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    RSPB Snettisham - April 2023

    Edit: Apols to Nartreb, who already mentioned the whiter tail of Mallard above. My post attempts to go into more detail on that feature(y) One feature of female Eurasian Teal and Mallard that I hadn't appreciated is the colour of the tail feathers. On Teal they tend to be darker with thin...
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    Glaucous or Iceland Gull, Toronto, Canada

    I would respectfully disagree with a number of these points Lou. I think Dan was correct in suggesting a Kumlien's Gull here. Firstly, I don't recall ever seeing such a small-billed, small-headed Glaucous Gull, either in life or photographed. Kumlien's have a greater tendency to have a shorter...
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    RSPB Snettisham - April 2023

    Agree with: LBBGull, Knot, Teal
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    Raptor. West Sussex UK

    Screenshots attached from four points in the video. That blunt-tipped right wing 100% belongs to a Sparrowhawk.
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    Larus michahellis OR argentatus OR cachinnans (FRANCE-Lyon)

    I think your bird is a Yellow-legged Gull, rather than one of the other two species you mentioned. They tend to mature more quickly than Herring Gulls so rather than a 3rd winter bird, I think yours is likely to be a more advanced second calendar year (2nd winter), soon to become a 3cy. Yellow...
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    Algarve Pipit Sagres today

    Did a bit of digging and found several images of Meadow Pipits with rumps with similar level of markings to the bird in post #1 (see first attached image). Hope it's ok with ndsutcliffe that I've used parts of his original image in the comparison composites. It seems that Meadow Pipits can...
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    Algarve Pipit Sagres today

    True Ken. Not plain, but quite faintly marked. Apols if I jumped in too soon, I just didn't think RTPs could have rumps that aren't so heavily marked, but perhaps it is within range? Hind claw too does indeed look very short.