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Old Tuesday 14th August 2018, 10:26   #1
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Bird ID from Skye

Hi I came across this bird at Geary on the Waternish peninsular in Skye last week. The size of the bird is similar to a Blackbird, but what struck me was the colour of body, is was PINK, which does not show up so well in this photo. Thanks
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Old Tuesday 14th August 2018, 10:27   #2
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wow, nice adult Rosy Starling
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Old Tuesday 14th August 2018, 10:52   #3
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I have reported this for you, you may be contacted through this forum by the recorder for the Isle of Skye.
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Old Tuesday 14th August 2018, 11:07   #4
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Nice find!
https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Rosy_Starling

When BF first started, there was a bit of an irruption of this species and plenty in the UK ...those were the days
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Old Tuesday 14th August 2018, 11:39   #5
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Wow, I feel really priviliged to have seen this bird. I had never even heard of a Rosy Starling before, but when I first spotted it the pink(Rosy) body colour immediately drew my attention. I just wish I had taken more and better photos to share with you.

I did a quick search and found the bird was spotted in Ipswich last year and drew quite abit of attention

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-40149452
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Old Tuesday 14th August 2018, 11:44   #6
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Hi owdjockey and a warm welcome to you from all the Staff and Moderators.

The only one I've seen was nearly 20 years ago on the island of Fetlar in the Shetlands. Deserted my breakfast when the landlord came in to tell us LOL!!! You got a better picture than I did!
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Great find owdjockey and welcome to Birdforum.

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Hi Delia, you might like to know that I am currently walking around the coastline of Great Britain in stages ( 3 or 4 days at a time). I have walked from Poole in Dorset through the South West, Wales, NW England and the West Coast of Scotland and completed the walk around Skye yesterday on my clockwise journey. Hope to reach Cape Wrath by Christmas.

My blog is https://walkingthecoastofgreatbritain.com/

BTW went to Fetlar in 2013, not for bird watching, just to ascend Vord Hill.

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Old Tuesday 14th August 2018, 12:40   #9
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Is this what you term beginners luck fantastic bird owdjockey and especially the chances of seeing the bird not knowing it was there it is that kind of experience that gives me a adrenaline rush yes its a wonderful feeling you,ll be wanting it more often now.. all the best Coal Tit.
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Hi Delia, you might like to know that I am currently walking around the coastline of Great Britain in stages ( 3 or 4 days at a time). I have walked from Poole in Dorset through the South West, Wales, NW England and the West Coast of Scotland and completed the walk around Skye yesterday on my clockwise journey. Hope to reach Cape Wrath by Christmas.

My blog is https://walkingthecoastofgreatbritain.com/

BTW went to Fetlar in 2013, not for bird watching, just to ascend Vord Hill.

I attach the raw(1600 x 1200) photo of the Rosy Starling. The original is 4000x3000
Hummmph.... sick with jealousy! Not able to do the long walks any more, sadly.

BTW are/were you a horse rider?
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Hi Delia, sorry no association with horse riding. I was born in Wellington (now Telford) Shropshire. A Jockey was a local name for a lad/boy and over the years I have become 'owd'.
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Och well.... no worries - thought we could talk horses LOL
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