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Old Sunday 28th December 2008, 15:42   #1
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Christmas Birding ID Help - UK

Hi

Whilst in Norfolk over Christmas managed to get out - but saw some birds not 100% on ID.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Unfortunately pic aren't as clear as hoped, but hopefully it'll give people a rough idea.

Pics 1 & 2 - Harrier?

Pic 3

Pic 4

Pic 5 - Scaup? (Similar to 4 but band not as white or big?)

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Old Sunday 28th December 2008, 16:19   #2
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Hi Des!

Pics 1 and 2 - Common Buzzard
Pic 3 - female Stonechat
Pic 4 - female Pochard
Pic 5 - female Scaup

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Cheers! Gordon

I thought the last one was a Scaup - That's my first!!!
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Old Sunday 28th December 2008, 16:33   #4
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I think the bird in the first two pictures is a ringtail Hen Harrier.

Just to elaborate, it looks rather small headed in the first picture. The underparts look streaked (not easy to tell I know) and I think the pale shoulder is also good for Hen Harrier.
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Old Sunday 28th December 2008, 16:44   #5
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Andrew - on closer inspection I think you could be right!
When I zoom in on pic 2 I can "see" a "harrier" face but does the bird not have a heavier looking build than a harrier? I was also influenced (pre-zooming-in) by the large white covert patches (more obvious than expect on ring-tail?)which I've been noticing on a lot of Common Buzzards around here recently.

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Hen Harrier .....................?????

That would be GOOD!!!!
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I agree with hen harrier.
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1 & 2 Hen Harrier.
3 is a fem Stonechat.
4 is a fem Pochard.
5 is a fem Scaup.
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