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What Grouse...? Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve, Lunt, near Crosby UK

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Old Tuesday 18th July 2017, 20:46   #1
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What Grouse...? Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve, Lunt, near Crosby UK

Taken at Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve, Lunt, near Crosby UK today.

There were about seven of these little fellows that I came across who all ran away except for this one who hunkered down - I gently took the photo before quietly stepping forward before he fled after being alerted by his mother who flew by at tremendous speed making such a racket - so quickly that I couldn't make a true identification!

So what Grouse is it?

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Old Tuesday 18th July 2017, 20:54   #2
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Dont look like grouse to me. Partridge perhaps, or ornamental pheasant?
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Didn't think about a Partridge.

A guy who walked by told me it was a Grouse, but maybe he was wrong.

I looked up a juvenile Grouse and it seemed similar.

Thanks for your help :-)
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Yeah, agreed, Grey Partridge chicks:

http://l7.alamy.com/zooms/c51571917d...dix-cx6899.jpg
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Thanks guys - I'm learning - and ticking more birds off my list - all the time

Great stuff!
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Grey partridge, yes. Scapular pattern is typical, with more or less developed "croix de Lorraine" depending on sex and age
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Thanks for the info fdokykcu
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There are no grouse at Lunt only Partridge and pheasant, probably the nearest place to Lunt for grouse would be the West Lancashire moors.
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Cheers for that Jonny.
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