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Old Friday 25th May 2018, 22:20   #1
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'Bee-eater looking' bird

Hi . I found this photo from early april - very poor photo , but my only suggestion (beacause of shape, especially bill) is Bee- eater. I missed something ?
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Old Friday 25th May 2018, 23:35   #2
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You don't suppose it could be a juvenile Eurasian Bee-eater do you?
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Old Saturday 26th May 2018, 02:26   #3
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Does look like a songbird with some bill deformation to me. It's a genetic defect which is not too rare. Browsing the web there are quite a few examples, like this Starling. Is this a blooming Hazelnut it is perching on? This could be a size reference... My first thought was female Blackbird, but with this photo?
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Old Saturday 26th May 2018, 11:52   #4
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i was actually thinking juv starling. tail too short for blackbird, isn't it?
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Looks like a Blackbird to me in very effected light



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Old Saturday 26th May 2018, 14:13   #6
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Hi . I found this photo from early april - very poor photo , but my only suggestion (beacause of shape, especially bill) is Bee- eater. I missed something ?
It is definitively a songbird (probably a female Blackbird). There are no Bee-eaters in early April, they are among the "late migrants", and they have quite a different posture (flat head, somewhat hunched, beak longer than this), plus they are always very colorful.
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Old Saturday 26th May 2018, 16:09   #7
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Possibly Golden Oriole - Rounded Head, long body and short square tail

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Old Saturday 26th May 2018, 21:29   #8
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First of all, thank you for many comments and opinions !!
the colors in the picture do not seem to render any realism
the most intriguing was the bill for me - I have never seen blackbird with such a bill (4-th photo, long, thin !!).
but I understand - species variation :)
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Possibly Golden Oriole - Rounded Head, long body and short square tail

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I could agree with this though isn't early April too early for the species?



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Old Sunday 27th May 2018, 09:20   #10
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I could agree with this though isn't early April too early for the species?

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I’m not sure Andy - the ones in East Anglia used to arrive early May (males a bit earlier than females). My Polish birding has all been done in Autumn but from BBs in Greece, Golden Orioles were already paired off and on site singing in the first week of May so if males arrive a few weeks earlier, perhaps not inconceivable for an early migrant individual?

average arrival date in the NE Poland according to this site 29/4

https://wildpoland.com/birds-of-ne-poland/

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I’m not sure Andy - the ones in East Anglia used to arrive early May (males a bit earlier than females). My Polish birding has all been done in Autumn but from BBs in Greece, Golden Orioles were already paired off and on site singing in the first week of May so if males arrive a few weeks earlier, perhaps not inconceivable for an early migrant individual?

average arrival date in the NE Poland according to this site 29/4

https://wildpoland.com/birds-of-ne-poland/
Surely this would have to be a female though?


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the colors in the picture do not seem to render any realism

I only said ‘possibly’
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